Adoption Procedure

Once you have completed an application form you will be automatically added to our database. If you have not selected a specific dog you will only be contacted when a match arises to your application.

If you have applied for a specific dachshund we will discuss some of your answers in order to ascertain if we think the dog you are applying for is a suitable match for your lifestyle or if we have any dogs relative to your application. If we do not feel the dog is a match we will keep you on our list or we may suggest a different dog to you. If we feel your application is a match we will contact you, we will be able to tell you a lot more about the dog and answer any questions you may have.

Once it is agreed to go ahead with the application, a home check will be arranged. This will take place as soon as possible so please be prepared to make yourself available to meet the home checker.

  1. We will ask the home vetter to clarify some of the points you have answered. For example, if you have said you are at home all day and a home vetter has tried to contact you several times over a couple of days we may feel that you are not at home for enough hours to suit the dog you are applying for. A home visit, or home vetting, is done to verify that the new home and garden will be a safe and secure place for our dog to go to. If you pass your home check you will be expected to meet/collect the dog asap unless otherwise arranged transport. If this goes well and everyone is agreed that this is the right dog for you, you will be able to take the dog home with you then. If you are unable to meet this timescale, please inform us immediately.
  2. In some circumstances you may be asked to provide references.
  3. All members of the family and any dogs who will be living with the dog you want to adopt must come to meet the new dog on collection or meet. We do not we do not let third parties collect for you or deliver dogs to their new homes unless they are verified through us.
  4. If collecting: You should bring with you a collar and lead for the dog you are adopting and an identity tag to go on it’s collar. This can be a temporary tag in case the adoption does not go ahead. If you are adopting an ex-breeding dog many will also require a harness (less frightening than a lead attached to a collar) so please ask about the size you would need.
  5. Please ensure that you have a safe way to transport the dog home. When collecting your dog we required you to have a crate to transport the dog in your car and recommend you carry this into the house before opening the crate door. Please discuss this with the rescue or the fosterer if you are unable to do this.
  6. If you are applying for a puppy you will also be asked to sign and get your vet to sign a Pre-Agreement stating that you will get the puppy spayed/neutered at an agreed age and your vet will need to sign to confirm they are happy to do this.  If you are applying for a puppy please make sure you have the time to spend with it to train and socialise it. Puppies are often much harder work that adult dogs!
  7. Adult dogs are neutered, micro chipped, had at least their first inoculation and wormed. All puppies are wormed, micro chipped, had at least their first inoculation. If your puppy has not been spayed/neutered a declaration will be signed at time of adoption requiring a new owner to spay or neuter.

Adoption Fee

The adoption fee for our dogs is dependent on the individual dog, but will never exceed £350. It is considered a donation to The Red Foundation and thereby is NON REFUNDABLE.

Where it goes:

  1. We spend a huge amount each year on vet treatments and supplies. All our adult dogs are spayed (unless there is a medical reason for not doing so), have had at least the first inoculation, micro chipped and wormed.
  2. If needed, we have x-rays, lab tests, specialist procedures and operations carried out and often numerous additional medicines and treatments are needed for both adult dogs and puppies.
  3. The adopting fee for puppies (although they are not spayed/neutered) goes towards the worming and inoculations and helps with the extra costs of so many specialist operations that other dogs at The Red Foundation have to endure to give them a chance of a normal life.
  4. Our vehicle and transportation costs are enormous as we are constantly collecting dogs from various parts of the country and have regular foster runs.

We hope this will help everyone understand the huge cost of running this rescue and also let people see where their donations are spent. We are a not for profit rescue and hope to register in 2018.

You’ve read all we have to say for now – click here to complete our adoption form…