It is our aim to make sure that the next home one of our dogs goes to is the right home. Therefore if you are considering adopting a dog from us you must agree to the following:
- You will not part with possession of the dog (that means you will not hand the dog over to anyone else) except to return it to the kennels by prior arrangement if for any reason you can no longer keep the dog. You must contact the kennels on 01299 270406.
- Under no circumstances will the dog be kept outside and/or on a chain.
- You understand that if the dog appears to be ill or injured, it must be taken to a Qualified Veterinary Surgeon for advice and/or treatment.
- Under no circumstances will the dog be used for breeding purposes and therefore all dogs are neutered before being rehomed unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. Any dogs that are too young at the time to be neutered must be neutered within 6 months of adoption. Confirmation from the vet will then be required by you.
- You will as the law requires, make sure that the dog is wearing a name tag bearing your name, address and/or telephone number.
- You will notify the police, local councils and Birch Hill Dog Rescue within 12 hours if the dog goes missing.
- You will allow any authorised representative from Birch Hill Dog Rescue at any reasonable time, access to inspect the dog and its living quarters. If conditions are unsatisfactory, Birch Hill Dog Rescue reserve the right to reclaim the dog.
- You understand that the dog is not sold but a minimum donation of £150 is asked for to help support the rescue. This covers veterinary treatments, food and the general expenses involved in looking after the dogs.
- You understand that the dog has been microchipped and is registered to Birch Hill Dog Rescue.
- You understand that information concerning the habits and past history of the dog are passed on in good faith. This is based on statements made by the previous owner and there is no guarantee of its reliability. Birch Hill Dog Rescue is therefore unable to accept liability for any consequences resulting from there transmission of wrong information.
- You understand that dogs may be incubating disease which is not obvious at the time of adoption. Change of diet and stress can cause new symptoms. Birch Hill Dog Rescue should be informed if there is a problem. Unfortunately, fees for veterinary attention cannot be refunded.
- You must understand that some dogs take longer to settle in than others depending on their past. Patience is the key word. Remember, a dog does not know what is happening, just that all of a sudden his/her life is being turned around again and that he/she is once again among strangers in a strange environment.
- Understand that when you get the dog home, keep things quiet for a while. Do not ask family and friends to come round for a few days so that he/she can settle in. Do not give a big welcoming party.
- You must telephone Birch Hill Dog Rescue if you have a problem to see if they have encountered that specific problem before. Birch Hill Dog Rescue is always willing to talk to you and to listen and give advice.