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ADOPTING A DOG


Our goal is to find the perfect adoptive home for each of our dogs so they can live the
remainder of their lives in a wonderful, loving environment where their individual needs are met.

Adopting a rescue dog is a big commitment and should not be undertaken lightly.
Frequently these dogs come from environments which have not been ideal, and in some
cases they may have been mistreated or abused. Many will not have been
well socialised or have basic training skills.

This means that adopting a rescue dog should be approached with an open heart and plenty
of patience and kindness to help a dog learn trust, love and becomethe most wonderful
member of your family. Adopting a rescue dog should never be looked on as a cheap way to
get a pedigree dog. Please read our Terms and Conditions.

How can I adopt an IRR dog?

1. Download and complete the Adoption Application Form and email it to us at
irr.adopt@yahoo.co.uk. Give as much information as you can in terms of the kind of
dog that you think will be happiest in your family.

2. When we receive your Adoption Application we will request one of our network of
volunteers to do a homecheck. Normally this is done quickly, but we are reliant
on volunteers so, depending on your location, it may take slightly longer.
The homecheck volunteer will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time
to visit. They will need to meet everyone in your household in order to complete their
evaluation. They will be keen to see where the dog will sleep, and if the
environment is safe and secure and conducive to a dog's happiness.

3. Once you have passed your homecheck we will contact you and let you know about the
dogs that are available. If you are interested in any of them please let us know immediately at irr.adopt@yahoo.co.uk and we will discuss their suitability for your family
circumstances. We do NOT operate a 'first come first served' system - we are committed to
finding the best home for each dog, taking into account their unique needs.

4. When we have matched you with a dog, we will put you in contact with the foster family,
and you can arrange to meet the dog and hopefully adopt him/her. We ask that you do this
relatively quickly so that our fosterers get some free time before fostering another dog for us.

5. When you adopt the dog, you will need to complete and sign an Adoption Form, taking
responsibility for the dog from that date. We also ask for a minimum donation of £300 per dog
to help defray some of the expenses associated with rescuing (such as transportation,
microchipping, spaying/neutering, and any other veterinary costs). The completed form and
donation should be given to the fosterer.

6. When the completed Adoption Form and donation have been received, we will
register your details against the dog's microchip and you will receive confirmation of this,
by email and post, from Pet Log within a couple of weeks.

7. We love to receive updates from our dogs so that we can celebrate their new and
joyful lives and these can be added to the dog's profile page on the web site.
Please send photos and updates to irr.belinda@yahoo.co.uk.


2013 Irish Retriever Rescue