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Adoption Policy

Adoption Policy

The main purpose of our sanctuary is to provide loving new homes for unwanted pets.
We believe we have a duty of care to give them the best second chance possible, and not just the first home offered. 

We’re aware that some organisations have rigid rules about not homing to elderly owners, or families with young children.  We prefer to take each home on merit and place the needs of the pet first.   Some dogs adore young children and enjoy their boisterous play, while other, often mature pets, look for a low exercise, quiet life with matching owners.  The one  thing we always insist on is that no breeding takes place. Young pets are always logged in for doctoring  as soon as they are of suitable age.
Pre-home checks are carried out before adoption can go ahead. This includes ensuring that the new family is appropriate for the animal requested and that the home provides a safe environment. E.g an escape proof garden for dogs.
Post adoption checks are also mandatory, with a second if felt necessary.

We have, and always will, refuse to release a
pet into a home we believe is unsuitable.

For example, despite fierce opposition, we blocked an adoption for a dog we knew was petrified of children.  She had been badly tormented in her first home and the man would not accept that his three small and boisterous children would be a nightmare for her.
She eventually went off happily with a retired couple with no children.

We are living in an era when family life is easily fractured.  Divorce, redundancy, eviction and, increasingly, emigration,  frequently means that pets sometimes return to us.
We have to accept that this will happen to even the best of the homes we find and one of our adoption guarantees is that we will always take our own back.  

No matter how many years have passed!

Some returns are much happier events.  We frequently receive visits from adopted dogs and their proud owners.  These are especially welcome and much appreciated by our staff.