Thinking of Adopting a Dog?
For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer…
Adopting a rescue dog is just like getting married – are you ready to commit for life?
Before applying to adopt a rescue dog, the whole family needs to be 100% sure that they are ready for a life-long commitment. If even one member of the family is unsure that they can provide the time, love and work involved then the adoption becomes much more likely to be unsuccessful. Everyone involved needs to be sure that this is the right moment for a new family member to be introduced and that everyone has considered how the dog will impact upon their individual circumstances both now and in the future.
Before applying you need to ensure that you are in a position to adopt within a few days of the homecheck. Please do not reserve a dog if you have holidays due, or other commitments, which will delay the adoption - we expect you to adopt the dog within a couple of days of your homecheck.
Identifying your own needs as a family is the first step to successfully adopting a rescue dog. It is vital that every element of your current situation is explored within the family prior to applying for adoption and, if any concerns are apparent, however small, these are discussed with the charity. Consider how the dog will impact upon the lives of your children, older family members, neighbours or other pets. Ask yourselves whether the time spent outside the family home either at work or with leisure pursuits will mean the dog is left for long periods of time. Who is going to get up early to walk the dog and will you be too tired for an ‘after work’ walk. What happens to the dog when you go on holiday or for a weekend away?
Please always let us know straight away if you have a cat, even a one that lives outdoors as not all of our dogs are cat friendly.
It is worth trying to envisage the problems that having a dependant pet may cause to your existing routines and how you will plan to overcome them. For example many dogs want to sleep on the bed with you at night, and may cry and whine if left downstairs alone – have you got the time, patience and energy to retrain the dog out of such behaviours?
Once as a family you fully understand your own requirements, these can be used to identify which dog(s) may be the most suitable to join your family. In the excitement of choosing and going through the adoption process it is sometimes forgotten that each dog has individual traits which is moulded by their breed, their age and their past experience. There will never be the ideal, ‘ready-made’ dog but with a little prior consideration you should be able to find your ‘potentially perfect’ companion.
Please think very carefully before considering adopting a dog.
If you have young children, then in most cases we will only rehome a dog that is in a foster home and living with or regular meeting up with children. If you do have young children you need to think very carefully about adopting a dog - and consider if you have the time for him, including time to take him to training classes and to do sufficient walking for his breed. We do not have a blanket ban on rehoming to families with young children as it depends on the individuals (and lots of families make it work) but the majority of dogs being returned to rescues are where families just don't have time for the dog and this creates other problems, such as destructive behaviour. In most cases, they then blame the dog rather than themselves - which is very unfair on the dog, as had the family of invested more time in him - he would not be being returned. Your children must also understand that dogs are not toys and even the most perfectly well behaved dog may react to constantly being pestered by a child. Children and dogs should never be left alone together and your children must understand that dogs also need time out and should not be disturbed when sleeping.
You are always welcome to telephone the foster parents for a chat about the dog they have in their care - they will always give you an honest answer to any questions you may have.
If you have adopted a dog from one of our foster homes it is unreasonable to expect the dog to behave in exactly the same way in your home, as it did in the foster home, from the start. The dog still needs time to settle in and you need to be patient until such a time as the dog is content to be with you.
If you are unable to keep the dog, the dog must be returned to KGR and not handed into another rescue. When you adopt a dog from KGR, you sign a legally binding contract which states you will return the dog to KGR. However, we do ask you to be reasonable - please do not expect to call us at 9pm at night demanding we take the dog back immediately. We are all volunteers and work, fitting the charity into our spare time. We use private boarding kennels and have to respect their opening hours. We will allocate the next kennel or foster space available to you, but it will be your responsibility to keep the dog safe until such a time and then to transport the dog to wherever that place may be. We rarely have a free kennel space available and if we do not have anyway to safely board you dog, we simply do not have anywhere to put him - and that is why we ask you to be patient. We do not return the donation if the dog is returned.
If you have a cat, please read the greyhounds and cats guidance notes to make sure you are prepared to spend time cat training your new dog, before embarking on the adoption process. We do not in general rehome to families with both young children and cats, unless we know the dog is 100% cat friendly.
- Adopting a rescue dog is just like getting married – are you ready to commit for life?
- The whole family needs to be 100% sure
- Identifying your own needs as a family is the first step to successfully adopting a rescue dog
- Consider how the dog will impact upon the lives of your children, older family members, neighbours or other pets
- Please always let us know straight away if you have a cat
- With a little prior consideration you should be able to find your ‘potentially perfect’ companion
- Please think very carefully before considering adopting a dog
- You are always welcome to telephone the foster parents for a chat about the dog they have in their care
- The dog still needs time to settle in and you need to be patient until such a time as the dog is content to be with you
- If you are unable to keep the dog, the dog must be returned to KGR.
- If you have a cat, please read the greyhounds and cats thread to make sure you are prepared to spend time cat training your new dog, before embarking on the adoption process.