What an incredible thing you are doing. Thank you so much for thinking of adopting a rescue dog instead of buying one from a pet shop or breeder. There are well over 600 million stray unwanted dogs in our world and, however small it may seem, you WILL make a difference by adopting one dog. For that one dog his or her world will change forever. Thank you.
The whole process normally takes around from four to eight weeks. If you have any questions about the process after reading the steps below, please do get in touch. If you are ready to take the first step, please fill in the form below. Thank you.
1. FIND A DOG
Take a look at our ADOPT-A-DOG page to see if any of the dogs featured on our website are right for you. If you are looking for a specific breed, it is worth knowing that we have hundreds of dogs needing homes. We support shelters across Romania, Cyprus, Greece, UK and Bosnia, and between them we are almost always able to find the type of dog you are looking for, whether that is a puppy, male, female, large, small, specific breeds - a dog that is just right for you and your family.
2. COMPLETE THE ADOPTION FORM
Fill out the form at the bottom of this webpage. If you are looking for a specific breed or type of dog, please provide lots of information about your ideal dog.
3. SUBMIT THE FORM
Once we have received your Adoption Form, we will contact you to discuss next steps. We are a very small team, so please bear with us if its takes a few days to get back to you. If you are looking to adopt a specific dog that you have seen on our website or on our FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter accounts, then we will arrange a homecheck. If you are looking for a certain breed of dog, then we will send you information about the dogs that are potentially well-suited to you and your family.
4. RESERVE A DOG
Once you have decided on the perfect dog for you, in order to reserve the dog, we ask for a £50 non-refundable deposit. You must provide a screenshot or reference number for your deposit payment. This amount is then deducted from the adoption fee.
5. THE HOMECHECK
Once you have decided on a dog perfect for you, we will carry out a homecheck. The homecheck also provides a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about rehoming a rescue dog and the adoption process.
6. SIGN THE ADOPTION CONTRACT
If the homecheck is successful and you are happy to go ahead with the adoption, we ask you to review and sign an Adoption Contract which sets out the conditions of adoption. This is fairly standard and basically makes sure that the new owner cares for the dog with the appropriate respect, patience and sensibility. We also request a copy of a driving license or passport to prove identity and a copy of a utility bill stating your address.
7. ONCE PAYMENT IS COMPLETE, WE BEGIN ARRANGING TRANSPORT
We then begin the process of arranging transport for your dog. The adoption fee varies depending on which country your dog is from. We have a transparent pricing structure which is dependent on the costs of travel involved in your dogs rehoming journey:
UK - £250
Mainland Europe (Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria etc.) - £450
European Islands (Greece, Cyprus, etc.) - £550
Thailand / Lebanon - £650.
Wild at Heart Foundation often subsidises rehoming costs to help more dogs from these areas find the homes they deserve. Please note that, whilst we don’t pass on the full cost of rehoming from these areas to our adopters, we’re very grateful for anyone that can add a donation on top of our minimum fee of £650 (please speak to our adoption team for details of your dog’s exact costs)
Further afield - POA
We facilitate adoptions from all over the world, including Puerto Rico, Beirut and China. As the transport, customs and registration process for these countries is based on a number of different varying factors, we charge our ‘further afield’ adoption fees on a case-by-case basis. Due to the more complex nature of these journeys, fees tend to be around £1000. If you’re interested in adopting a dog from a non-European country not listed above, please get in touch to enquire about estimated prices.
Please note: Wild at Heart Foundation does not charge anything for the dog; the adoption fee simply covers the cost of vaccinations and micro-chipping, arranging transport and all onward travel.
Are you prepared to train a dog? It is very unlikely a rescue dog will have had any training.
Are you prepared for a 15 year commitment? The average life span of a dog is around 13 years, mixed breed dogs have been found to live longer and can live upto 20 years.
Can you afford the ongoing costs of owning a dog? The lifetime cost of owning a dog can be between £16,000 and £31,000.
Are you fit enough or do you have enough time to walk a dog? Dogs need a lot of exercise otherwise they become bored and frustrated, we recommend at least two walks a day.
Will someone be in the house most of the day? Dogs love human company and can suffer from separation anxiety.
Do you have the patience? It takes time for a dog to settle in and adjust to their new lifestyle you must have time and patience to cope with problems which may arise during the settling in period
If you are ready to take the first step, please fill in the form below. Thank you so much.
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