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Choosing a rescue
Topic Started: 3 Oct 2012, 14:46 (633 Views)
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Rescues that post on Dog Rescue World will have been established for at least one year before being authorised to post and will be based in the UK.

As far as possible, we try to ensure that they are a reputable rescue, but we cannot know all of them individually. When deciding upon a rescue, you should satisfy yourself that you are happy with the way they operate. You may want to find out the following before taking an interest in a dog any further:

  • Where do the dogs come from? Some rescues take in dogs from the council pounds, or from members of the public, or from outside the UK, or a mixture
  • Is the rescue a charity registered with the Charities Commission? Is the rescue a not for profit company registered with Companies House?
  • Does the rescue neuter all their dogs (unless there is a medical or behavioural reason not to)? At what age?
  • Does the rescue vaccinate all their dogs?
  • Does the rescue microchip all their dogs?
  • Does the rescue carry out homechecks?
  • How are the dogs assessed?
  • Does the rescue offer back up for the life of the dog?

This is just a short list. All rescues have policies when it comes to rehoming, such as height of fencing, age of children, whether all other pets in the home need to be neutered. Not all rescues are the same. Many have a general policy, but will treat the dog and potential home as individuals and rehome accordingly.

Please remember that most of the rescues have been operating for several years and have successfully rehomed hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs. Their policies have developed over time due to their experience and are there for good reasons. If you find one rescue will not rehome to you as you do not fit their criteria, you may find another one that will and is able to be more flexible for the right dog.
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