I’m thinking of giving a home to a rescue dog ...
That’s great news! Please consider the following points:
Please bear in mind that many of the dogs here at Appledown have already been let down by at least one owner. But if you still think a rescue dog is right for you, the rewards are huge and you will have a wonderfully loyal and loving companion, hopefully for years to come. And we will provide support to you and your new addition for as long as you need it.
Ok, what do I do next?
You can telephone us and talk to one of our very well-informed members of staff who will listen to your requirements and answer your questions. Or come along and visit. Your requirements will be noted and you will have a chance to view the dogs currently available for rehoming. We are open 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, 7 days a week. We will make every effort to match you with your ideal dog, but if he/she is not currently with us, we will keep your details and call you when we think we have a dog that is suitable. If you do not hear from us within 2 months please call us to let us know that you are still looking for a dog.
When you come to look at the dogs, please bear in mind the following:
If you see a dog you like and we feel you might be the right owner for that animal, you will have the chance to take him/her out for a walk on the lead in our on-site field. If you already have a dog, please bring him/her with you so that they can be introduced. It is important that they are accepting of each other.
I’ve seen a dog I like, I’ve walked it and I meet all the criteria to rehome it, what happens next?
We ask for a deposit of £30 to reserve a dog. Please note that this deposit is non-returnable. There is then a period of 7 days during which time you are encouraged to come and visit your dog as often as you wish, and you may take it home for short visits. Please note that these visits must take place between kennel opening hours, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm. During the 7 days, one of our trained staff will carry out a home-check. They will visit you in your home at a mutually convenient time and then report back to Appledown where a final decision will be made. Assuming everything is satisfactory, you will be asked to pay the remainder of the minimum donation for adoption. Our minimum donation for each dog is currently £150. For this, your dog:
At the end of the 7 days and at a time convenient for both you and us, you will be able to take your new addition home. Don’t forget to be prepared for your new dog – you will need the basic equipment (collar and tag, lead, bowls for food and water, bedding) but also, you may need to increase the security of your garden to avoid escapes!
6 weeks later, we carry out a second home check to make sure that everything is working out for you and your dog. And remember, if you have any questions, or you need help with any issues that may arise, you can telephone us any day between 10am and 4pm for as long as you have your dog.