In yesterday’s blog I mentioned that this week you would hear about lots of dogs leaving for different associations. Many people ask why we bother to send your dogs a long distance, why not just wait until they are adopted here?
Well there are many reasons for this. The first and most important is that the associations which we work with offer the individual dogs a very bright future. If we didn’t move our dogs we wouldn’t have the room to help others who really need our help and adoptions to other European countries has gone a long way towards helping ensure that we can do that! A third of all dogs adopted go to non French residents……so that’s a lot of dogs per year!
Before using an association we enter into negotiations, initially by email or by phone but as the UK rescue world is very small we also do our own research and ask others for their opinions and recommendations. This means that we know that the associations have similar policies to ours and that our dogs are in very safe hands. Saying that, nothing is better than meeting the staff first hand and seeing the facilities for yourself and thus is the purpose of my visits.
I have personally visited and spent time at each of the associations we work with, I look at everything from the welcome you receive when walking through the door, the facilities for the dogs, the staff and volunteers and most of all their adoption procedure and aftercare programs. And I am fussy…if I have any doubts whatsoever…we don’t send our dogs.
This means that when our dogs leave I know where they are going, what they are going to, what care they will receive both before and after adoption.
Like us, if the adoption goes wrong the dog would go back into their care. In the UK this hasn’t happened as yet. If it did and for any reason a rescue couldn’t care for one of our dogs it would come back to us.
When we hand our dogs over to an association we do so with trust and knowledge.
This week and especially today the ‘vet run’ was very busy with dogs going to the vet for worming and health checks. This is a lot of extra work for the SPA staff who are already pushed time wise,so a special thank you to them!
Tomorrow you will hear about the first two to leave….dont miss it!
All of our travelers leave under TRACES and have European Pet Passports!