Adoption Process

Dogs –

The dogs at our rescue centre are with us because they have been found on the streets or their previous homes have not worked out. Most of the dogs are well balanced, well adjusted dogs that are with us through no fault of their own and will make excellent pets for first time dog owners. A small number of dogs have issues, which with training and patience can be completely cured or managed by owners who have previous experience with dogs.

We make every effort to ensure that all our dogs go to caring homes that are suited to their individual needs and temperaments. We home dogs as family pets and never home dogs to guard premises or for breeding.

We get many calls from people who like the idea of giving a home to a rescue dog but may not have given much thought about the practicalities of keeping a dog. Below is a checklist of some of the things that we are looking for when we rehome a dog. Please make sure you fulfill the following requirements before you contact us. Our main interest is to find as suitable a home as possible for each individual dog. Our points to be taken into consideration are as follows;

  • The dog will be allowed in the house. We do NOT re-home dogs that will be outside all of the time. We prefer the dog to sleep in the house at night.
  • We do not home dogs to people with extremely long leaving hours without alternative arrangements e.g. dog walkers or doggie daycare. Puppies especially need lots of socialising time.
  • You have a secure fenced or walled garden so the dog cannot get out if you live on or near a road or in a town.
  • You have permission from your landlord if you live in rented accommodation.
  • You have sufficient time to give the dog adequate exercise and mental stimulation.

 [any potential home is taken into consideration please do not hesitate to call us to discuss your own individual situation]

If you fulfill the above requirements, have a look on our web site at the dogs and puppies needing homes. Viewing the dogs at our rescue centre is by appointment only Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. You can make an appointment either by phoning 086 8500131 or 086 3862714, or by email. If you email, please give some information in relation to how you satisfy the above requirements and also state a day and preferred time you would like to visit.

If you already have a dog we suggest that you bring him or her when you visit to give you the opportunity to walk your dog with any new dog you may choose and see how they get on together.

When you take a dog home, you will be required to read our terms and conditions of adopting a pet and sign a contract agreeing to them. A copy of the contract will be given to you. All our adult dogs are wormed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered before leaving the rescue centre, while puppies are wormed, micro-chipped and vaccinated. If you take a puppy, the contract you sign states that you agree to have them neutered when they are 6 months old.

We ask for a minimum donation of €120 for a neutered adult dog and €50 for a puppy. The donation goes towards the cost of preparing pets for their new homes. The actual cost of neutering a female dog is €140 and a male dog €100. Vaccinating costs are €35 per vaccine while micro-chipping a dog can cost around €25. Re-homing donations are very important for us to be able to prepare animals to be homed.

By law once you have a dog it is required to be licensed. The license can be obtained for €20.00 from any post office.

New pets can take a little while to settle into their new surroundings, some will settle in within a couple of days, others may take a few weeks to adjust. We are always available by phone or email for any help or advice you may need.

If you are going on holiday or moving home in the near future please contact us after the event not before as we are unable to reserve a dog or cat for more than a few days.

Cats –

We also often have cats and kittens available for adoption – if you decide to take one, we will do a home check to ensure your home is suitable for the pet you have chosen.We make every effort to ensure that all our cats go to caring homes that are suited to their individual needs and temperaments. We do not rehome cats or kittens to anyone living on a busy road and we prefer them to be allowed indoors and have safe access to outside.

Viewing the cats at our rescue centre is by appointment only Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. You can make an appointment either by phoning 086 8500131 or 086 3862714, or by email. If you email, please give some information in relation to how you satisfy the above requirements and also state a day and preferred time you would like to visit. If you are going on holiday or moving home in the near future please contact us after the event not before as we are unable to reserve a cat or kitten for more than a few days.

When you take a cat home you will be required to read our terms and conditions of adopting a pet and sign a contract agreeing to them. A copy of the contract will be given to you. All our cats are neutered, vaccinated and wormed before adoption. If you take a kitten, the contract you sign states that you agree to have them neutered when they are 6 months old.

We ask for a minimum donation of €50 for a cat or kitten. The donation goes towards the cost of preparing them for their new homes and so are very important. New pets can take a little while to settle into their new surroundings, some will settle in within a couple of days, others may take a few weeks to adjust. We are always available by phone or email for any help or advice you may need.