Our Adoption & Foster Policy

ADOPTION POLICY FOR DOGS

These are our basic requirements for adopting one of our animals, & offering a loving, permanent home.

Please note: We are based in west Wales & you will be required to meet/collect your dog from our kennels when appropriate. We do not offer a delivery service.

We ask that everybody in the household that will be living with the new pet be available when being visited by our home checkers. This is to include any other animals that you may have. N.B. We will not normally re-home terriers in a home with young children.

If you are hoping to re-home a puppy, (a dog under 18 months old), we do not like them to be left alone for more than 2 hours at a time. For older dogs – 4 hours is considered long enough to be left alone.

Part of our home checking policy requires that you have a secure garden, with a minimum 4-foot fence depending on the breed of dog. Athletic dogs will need a minimum 6-foot fence. We will also check for other hazards such as ponds etc. to make sure that they are protected. If fencing needs to be put in place, the animal will not be re-homed until the home checker has re-visited to check this.

Animals will not be re-homed if you are moving, going on holiday or if anyone in the household is pregnant, and we will not re-home if you are likely to be moving to countries abroad which are not covered by the Pet Travel Scheme. Nor will we re-home if you are considering moving abroad within six months of adoption.

If you live in rented accommodation, then written confirmation from your landlord, stating that animals are permitted, will be required, and we will not rehome to homes of multiple occupancy.

We have a full neutering policy. Our vets will neuter any animal old enough, and fit enough & we would only consider re-homing a dog or cat to a home where any other resident dogs & cats are neutered (except in special circumstances).

If you are homing an un-neutered puppy, then you will be required to sign an agreement to have the animal neutered at the earliest date as advised by your vet. This cost to be met by the adopter unless the animal is returned to Animal Rescue Cymru for neutering.

A home checker will contact you nearer the time to ensure neutering has been undertaken, and we will require a copy of the receipt from your vet.

We will not re-home any dog for use as a guard dog, unless to an organisation that has use of such dogs, and only after we have carried out stringent checks of such organisations.

If you are considering putting your pet into boarding kennels when you go away on holiday, you must ensure your pet is up to date with vaccinations, be covered for kennel cough, & use only reputable boarding institutions.

We would strongly advise that you consider taking out pet insurance for the life-time of the animal, or perhaps opening an account where you can deposit a small amount every month to cover the cost of any veterinary treatment.

We will always be available to offer advice and help wherever we can, throughout the lifetime of your rescued animal ,but in the event of the animal being unable to remain with you, he or she MUST be returned to Animal Rescue Cymru, & not passed on to, or sold to any third party.

PLEASE NOTE:  Under new legislation in Wales, from 6th April 2016, it is now compulsory for ALL dogs to be micro-chipped. ARC will register the dog’s microchip to the new keeper, upon completion of our adoption contract.

 It is the responsibility of the new keeper to ensure that all contact details are kept up to date. Failure to do so could result in a fine. Please note  – the keeper of the dog(s) is liable in law for the actions of all & any dog(s) registered to them.

N.B. We ask for a minimum donation of £135, which is non-refundable & no animal will be rehomed without the appropriate donation (where applicable) being received.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or email – rehoming@animalrescuecymru.co.uk

There will always be exceptions & we will try to help, but please remember – the welfare of our animals is our first priority.

ADOPTION POLICY FOR CATS

These are our basic requirements for adopting one of our cats or kittens & giving it a loving, permanent home.

We ask that everybody in the household that will be living with the new pet be available when being visited by our home checkers. This is to include any other animals that you may have.

Animals will not be re-homed if you are moving, going on holiday or if anyone in the household is pregnant, and we will not re-home if you are likely to be moving to countries abroad which are not covered by the Pet Travel Scheme. Nor will we re-home if you are considering moving abroad within six months of adoption.

If you live in rented accommodation then written confirmation from your landlord, stating that animals are permitted, will be required.

We have a full neutering policy. Our vets will neuter any animal old enough, and fit enough & we would only consider re-homing a cat to a home where any other resident dogs & cats are neutered (except in special circumstances ). If you are homing a kitten, then you will be required to sign an agreement to have the animal neutered at the earliest date as advised by your vet. This cost to be met by the adopter unless the animal is returned to Animal Rescue Cymru for neutering.  A home checker will contact you nearer the time to ensure neutering has been undertaken, and we will require a copy of the receipt from your vet.

We would strongly advise that you consider taking out pet insurance for the life-time of the animal, or perhaps opening an account where you can deposit a small amount every month to cover the cost of any veterinary treatment.

If you are considering putting your pet into a cattery when you go away on holiday, you must ensure your pet is up to date with vaccinations & use only reputable boarding institutions.

We will always be available to offer advice and help wherever we can, throughout the lifetime of your rescued animal, but in the event of the animal being unable to remain with you, he or she MUST be returned to Animal Rescue Cymru, & not passed on to, or sold to any third party.

WE WILL NOT REHOME CAT/CATS TO HOMES ON OR NEAR A MAIN ROAD.

FERAL CATS WILL ONLY BE REHOMED TO RURAL AREAS

N.B.  We ask for a minimum donation of £25, which is non-refundable & no animal will be rehomed without the appropriate donation (where applicable) being received.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or email – rehoming@animalrescuecymru.co.uk

There will always be exceptions & we will try to help, but please remember – the welfare of our animals is our first priority.

FOSTER CARE POLICY FOR DOGS

These are our basic requirements for fostering one of our dogs:

 We ask that everybody who will be living with the foster dog be available when the home check is carried out. This includes any other animals living with the family at the time.

You visit our kennels to meet the dog & to collect it after a successful home check.

You will be required to offer the dog a safe & secure environment with a fully enclosed garden. A minimum of 4ft fencing is advised, with 6ft or taller for the more athletic dogs.

You must be willing to transport the dog to a vet of our recommendation (unless it is a medical emergency).You will also be asked to contact the rescue to inform them of a vet visit – prior to said visit. (ARC will meet all vet costs).

You must be prepared to house train a dog if necessary.

If required – you will need to assess a dog’s level of training, & if appropriate & time allows- to undertake some work on the basics, such as recall, sit, stay & lead work, using reward based training, & report back to the rescue on the dog’s progress.

The foster dog must NOT be allowed off lead in a public place, unless advised by ARC that it is safe to do so. (Use of a long training lead is recommended in this instance).

Assess the dog within the household – how does it react to other dogs, traffic, cats, visitors, live stock etc & report back to the rescue.

Use a training crate in certain circumstances, which we will provide if necessary.

Take advice regarding the dog in your care & provide feedback on the progress of the dog.

Talk to prospective adopters to give them information about the dog in your care & if necessary – transport the dog to a neutral meeting place.

Animal Rescue Cymru will supply all food for the foster dog, or reimburse the cost to the fosterer, (provided a receipt is present).

 

A question that we are frequently asked is:

 ” do you put any dog or cat  to sleep ?”

“It is our policy NEVER to put a dog or cat to sleep unless we are advised to do so for medical reasons by our vet, or if the animal has behavioural issues that are impossible to deal with after lengthy sessions with our behaviourist.

Even then it is not a decision we take lightly and will always be discussed at a full committee meeting before any action is taken (unless the animal is in severe medical distress). Thankfully, this is not a problem we have encountered so far

N.B. Pound dogs in Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire, are also NOT p.t.s as they all  have a Non-Destruct policy. Check with your local council to see what their policy is.