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The Shelter frequently has a number of dogs available for re-homing. Before you will be able to discuss any of the dogs, we request that you fill in an “Application form” that will give us an idea of what your home environment is like. This will enable us to match you up with the right dog. It is our responsibility to both the animal and to you to ensure that we responsibly re-home our dogs. We want to find a situation that results in both parties enjoying a long and happy relationship.
When re-homing a dog each individual situation is considered on it’s own merits, however there are some guidelines that must be adhered to.
- All applicants must complete a re-homing questionnaire. - The questionnaire gives a good overview of your situation and the reason you want a dog.
- You will be contacted to discuss your requirements/suitability in more detail BEFORE you meet a dog. This is to prevent you falling in love with an unsuitable dog.
- We will contact potential adopters in order of the date when the application was received.
- All members of the household must come to the shelter to meet the dog, including other dogs.
- Any behavioural problems and on going training the dog may need will be discussed with you in full.
- If you are going to re-home a dog with behavioural issues then you will be given training sessions before you take the dog home to ensure that you are happy and confident with the dog’s training requirements.
- We do not rehome two dogs to the same household unless they came to the Shelter as a pair.
Please note that while we endeavour to contact every applicant, even when we don’t have a suitable dog, this is not always possible due to our workload.
What happens if you do not have a suitable dog?
If you are not contacted shortly after you have submitted an application please contact us via email, the website or telephone if you would like to discuss this further or check that your application has been received.
If we have no suitable dogs available at present, we will keep your details on file and ask that you telephone or email us regularly for an update on animals available.
We endeavour to find out as much information as possible about the dogs that become available for re-homing, however this is not always possible especially when we have strays up for adoption. We subject each dog to a full behavioural assessment to see whether or not they are suitable to be homed with children; if they are going to be happy living with other dogs or cats, and generally judge the type of lifestyle that will suit them best. This enables us to find the most suitable homes possible for the dogs in our care. Some dogs will have behavioural problems that will require on going training and socialising. It is important that we are all realistic about the time and commitment an individual animal will need to prevent the re-homing ending in disaster and the dog being returned.
Full Health Check
When a dog arrives at the Shelter, a health check is carried out by a vet from Les Eturs and then the dog is then assessed and put up for re-homing. At no time do we ever withhold information, as it is not in our best interests or the dogs to do so! The dog will be fully vaccinated, wormed and treated for parasites, he will also be micro chipped.
If you live in rented accommodation we will require written confirmation from your landlord, stating that he/she is happy to house a dog in that property, also stating the size, breed and if permission is to be restricted specifically to one dog.
What if you have a suitable dog?
If we have a dog that is suitable for you and you would like to go ahead with the adoption the dog it will be put on hold pending a home check and all members of the household visiting the shelter. Once the home check has been passed you will then be able to take your dog on trial, the trial period is between four to six weeks. The dog will be up to date with his or her vaccinations, wormer, flea treatment and will be microchipped. If the dog is old enough he or she will also be neutered, however, for puppies and young dogs this responsibility will fall to the new owner following adoption. The GSPCA will pay for all vets bills (via the Vetcare Centres) and will always be on hand should you have any questions. If there are any problems during this period please contact Lorna who will arrange to visit you.
A member of the rehoming staff will contact you at the end of the trial period to arrange a post-home check. Once you have officially adopted the animal, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for any veterinary treatment necessary.
We currently have a minimum dog adoption fee of £150.00. It contributes to the care the dog has received during its stay with us, and helps us to continue our work in caring for the animals of Guernsey. You may, however, give more if you so wish.
What can you expect from your new dog? If you have previously owned a dog, we can assure you that this one will be nothing like the last one!
All dogs are different and it is wrong to expect them to behave perfectly like your last one. . Not all dogs settle into their new home immediately. It can take hours, weeks in some cases and months in the extreme.
You will continue to have our support once at home with your new dog. Lorna will be happy to come to see you to offer any advice you may need and help you deal with any problems that may arise. We can also offer you a free place on one of our dog training courses to help with the bonding and training.
Our main aim is that the dog you choose stays with you for the rest of his life. So enjoy each other!
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