1. what are your rules about a home for one of your dogs?
We are flexible, and treat each dog, and home as an individual. We do not have hard and fast rules. We try to match dog and prospective owner, however we do ask that your dog will have access to a secure garden,
2. What do you charge for your dogs?
We charge a fee of just £80.00. our dogs are, or will be, vaccinated and microcipped when ever possible, this will be discussed with prospective owners.
3. Do you do a home check?
Yes, but if you are from outside the area we will ask for a letter, on headed paper, from either your vet, saying you are known as caring and sensible owners, or from a rescue local to you stating that you have a suitable home to offer a dog.
4. Will you take on my dog which needs a new home?
NO we ONLY take dogs in as strays directly from the local dog wardens.
If your dog needs of a new home, try some of the other rescues, through the links on our 'dogs' page.
5 If I took on a dog from you but for some reason it was not working out will you take it back?
in the past we have always said yes as long as we have the space, however as the kennels are now for sale we are not able to do so in future.
6. Do you bring dogs in from Ireland and other places?
NEVER, we believe that there are already too many dogs in Dorset needing homes.
7. How long does it take to aquire one of your dogs?
We believe dogs should go out into homes as quickly as possible, we do not want them to become institutionalised. It will vary, but within one or two weeks should be ample,
8. I live in rented accomodation, can I still take on one of your dogs?
As long as we have a letter from your landlord stating that you have permission to have a dog, along with any restrctions that may apply. for example size or breed.
9. What food do you use?
We use a complete 'hypoallergenic' food, Skinner's Field and Trial Salmon and Rice variety, though we may give small amounts of meat if a dog needs to be encouraged to eat. We avoid highly coloured foods, and high salt or sugar content.
10. Do you home to a houshold with children?
When the dog is appropriate, and the children sensible, and caring, and supervision appropriate.
11. what is the best dog to have with a child?
Any breed can be good with children if reared and socialised well, and as long as children are well behaved with the dog, it should have at least one place to go where it knows it will be left alone if feeling ill or hot.. Then dog and children are both safe.
However I feel it has to be said that for some children the best bet really is a visit to the toy shop for a cuddly toy dog.
13. Will you let a child own the dog?
No, there are laws that restrict the age at which a child is considered able to care for a pet. Most children are not ready to properly care for a dog, ie. feed; groom; exercise, and clean up after it. We would refuse to home to anyone who says they want a dog for their child unless this is someone who is at least 16 to 17 years of age, and that there is a stratagy in place for when this young adult goes to college; university or starts work.
14. What do you know about the dogs background?
Nothing at all normally, they come to us as strays, so we do not have access to an owner unless they come forward but for some reason do not reclaim their pet, and are willing to pass on any information. We can work out a certain amount, but we will not have experience of them with many situations they will meet in daily life in a home.