Wild at Heart Foundation is based in the UK, however, the projects we support are worldwide, find out more about our projects here.
Wild at Heart Foundation rehomes from a number of rescue centres across Europe (mainly Cyprus, Portugal, Romania and Lesvos). For this reason you are not able to meet the dogs before they arrive in the UK.
Our adoption process follows three main stages.
1) Completion of adoption form - We have an online adoption form and once this has been completed it registers your official interest in a dog, and also logs your details to our database. You can find the form here. We then either help to find the right dog for you or discuss the availability of the dog you are interested in.
2) Home check via Skype or Facetime - Once the adoption form has been completed and you have a dog to adopt in mind, we will contact you to organise the home check. This is a fairly informal but rigorous process and ensures that the dog will be going to a great home.
3) Adoption contract and ID - Following a successful home check, we will send you an adoption contract that details the terms and conditions of adopting a dog via Wild at Heart Foundation. We ask that you please sign and send this back to us with a copy of your photo ID and proof of address. We ask for the full adoption fee upfront to enable us to pay for the dogs transport.
The adoption fee varies depending on which country your dog is from: Cyprus (£480), Romania (£390), Portugal (£450) and Lesvos (£595). Wild at Heart Foundation does not charge anything for the dog, the adoption fee simply covers the cost of transport. We are an organisation solely funded by donations and it does cost between £390 and £595 to care for and vaccinate one rescue dog from overseas. We are therefore incredibly grateful for any amount you are able to give to rescue a dog from an impoverished and neglected life.
It is also important to bear in mind the financial commitment of owning a dog including food, vet bills, insurance, training classes etc.
Your dog must be fully vaccinated (rabies and annual vaccines), microchipped, defleaed and dewormed before it is able to travel. It will also have been treated for parasites and had blood tests against common diseases. Vaccinations and treatments are detailed in the dogs passport.
Your dog will be neutered or spayed if they are of the appropriate age, however, we will confirm this with you. Puppies will not be neutered or spayed, but we insist this is something you do when they are of the appropriate age and in good health. We recommend you speak to your vet about this when the dog arrives.
Transportation varies depending on the dogs country of origin and generally takes between 4 and 6 weeks to organise. Most of our dogs travel overseas by van, the van will make its way up the country and you will usually pick the dog up from your nearest collection point (often a service station). Some animal courier companies are able to deliver the dog to your home, they will give you an estimated time/date although this is likely to vary due to traffic. If your dog has a direct flight you will pick them up from the Animal Reception Centre at the airport stated. We ask you to be flexible and keep the whole day free as you may only be given collection details 24 hours in advance. Journeys are subject to delays so please be patient, you will only have to make this journey once (unless of course you decide to adopt another dog from us!).
There are many ways you can help out, we are always looking for loving foster families, volunteers and fundraisers. Click here to find out more.