We are always looking at ways to keep dogs in homes rather than then have to come into the refuge.
Dogs need to be rehomed for many reasons and most of the time its not their fault. When someone contacts us to abandon their dog we need to understand the circumstances and why the dog is being rehomed. It is often incredibly tough for people to decide to rehome their dog and it is very rarely a decision made without a lot of heartache and without exploring every option.
And indeed, if people haven’t explored every option, we will often suggest ways to keep a dog in their original home (we see this as part of our remit of being a rescue too). Sometimes, quite small and simple changes can turn things round – and we would much rather a dog stays with their family where possible.
We only have a limited number of kennels at the SPA so I am sure that you will understand that we must ask each and every person abandoning their dog lots of questions. This is not because we are being nosy, but so we can determine the urgency of the situation and prioritise dogs in danger or indeed dogs putting other people or animals in danger.
When a dog has been living as a loved family member and then has finds itself at the SPA it will be very stressed and anxious. Timid and fearful dogs must be terrified by the constant noise and will feel really threatened and worried. Its for that reason that we love the idea of ‘home to home’ adoptions.
In theory this works well when the owner is committed to helping us find a solution for their doggy which means that the dogs gets the home it deserves with minimal stress. This really is a win,win situation. Most dogs move from home to home fairly seamlessly and the owner can take comfort that they have minimised any disruption in their dogs life.
Keeping a dog out if the refuge also frees up a kennel space for dogs who aren’t so lucky. It is of course lots more work for us volunteers as we must share the dogs information, answer lots of emails, messages and phone calls about them, but we really don’t mind! We are more than happy to do so and much prefer keeping dogs in homes.
Who remembers Nougat, our first ‘home to home’? He is doing fantastically well with Amber and her family. Hes enjoying his daily walks, loves swimming in the river and has settled really well into his new home!
Then there was Derek,who has a great life with Victoria and family! There have been others too!
Neither Nougat or Derek ever had to spend one night in the refuge…we would love to help more dogs in this way!
If you see one of our ‘home to home’ face book posts, please share it. Social media is a powerful too and helps us find super homes for many dogs.
Today we had one doggie who was abandoned and who wasn’t lucky enough to be able to stay in their home. Roxanne,a 4 year old yorkie cross is with us tonight but being a small, cute girl, she wont be with us long!
Nougat enjoying life with his new family!
Roxanne our new arrival..