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Adoption

Procedure

This Page Lets you Know How our

Adoptions work at Reaching Out

To make sure we make the best possible match and give our dogs the best possible chances of finding their forever happy homes, we follow certain procedures. The dogs featured in Reaching Out have arrived through various routes. Some were born in shelters and have been there all their lives, never knowing the delight of living in a family home. Some have been picked up as strays wandering the streets, starving and in danger from the dog catchers. Some have been found foraging in the woods and around buildings for food. Some are in “kill stations” existing in fear, discomfort and often pain and waiting for the inevitable end to their lives. A small number belong to genuine owners who have to part with their friends for reasons beyond their control. Please browse through Our Dogs on this site, or go to our Facebook Page and look there. Contact us to ask for further details. If you decide you would like to pursue adoption with us, then follow the link to the Preadoption Form. Completion and submission of this will give us an idea of the type of dog that would suit your home, family and lifestyle. Otherwise please make direct contact with the rescue posting the dog on Facebook - or ask me to make that contact on your behalf On receipt of your preadopt form we will arrange for a representative of the Shelter to visit you and your family in your home to discuss this further. It helps if the whole family can be present along with any other pets - this gives the representative a picture of your family dynamic and enables him or her to ensure that the whole family is committed to adoption. Once the formalities are out of the way, your dog will be reserved for you and prepared for transport in accordance with DEFRA rules and regulations. All are given a thorough health check, are microchipped and passported, receive internal and external parasite treatment, rabies vaccination and are neutered before they can travel to the UK. No dog may travel until 21 days after administration of the rabies vaccine It usually takes around three to four weeks to arrange the trip - which gives you and your family plenty of time to prepare at your end. Your dog will be transported on a specially equipped and professionally manned “Happy Bus” with full air conditioning and all the comforts possible for such a long journey. More often than not, your dog will be brought to your door - this could be any time of the day or night but the driver and nanny will be in touch during the journey to keep you updated. BEFORE YOU EMBARK ON EVEN THE PREADOPT FORM, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ADOPTION OF A SHELTER DOG IS RIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY. READ THE “ADVICE” PAGE FOR DETAILS ON WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM AN ADOPTED DOG AND WHAT HE OR SHE WILL NEED FROM YOU. ALSO PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON “SETTLING IN” ON THE ADVICE PAGE. DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THAT YOU WILL BE TAKING DELIVERY OF A BRAND NEW CUDDLY TOY! A non refundable reservation fee of £50 will be requested upon confirmation of your intention to adopt, following receipt and acceptance of the preadoption form. The total adoption fee of £250 must be paid prior to your adopted dog leaving the shelter. The adoption fee may vary for puppies or elderly dogs or those in need of ongoing medication and veterinary attention. In certain circumstances in may be possible to set up an instalment plan. As soon as practicable after you dog arrives, you should transfer the microschip registration to your name. Until you do, the dog will not be traceable in the UK. Should the worst happen and he or she go missing, you will not be able to locate him even if he or she is handed in for scanning.
We are Urgently Seeking Super Homes BUT THEY HAVE TO BE THE RIGHT HOMES WITH THE RIGHT FAMILIES FOR THE RIGHT DOGS. WE WILL NEVER ALLOW A DOG TO GO TO A HOME THAT WE SUSPECT IS IN ANY WAY AT ALL UNSUITABLE FOR THAT DOG
REACHING OUT
Rehoming Rescued Dogs