Many times we get asked "Why are you helping dogs in another country whilst there are many dogs in rescue here that need homes. Well, the answer to that is quite simple really.....because their need is far greater! These animals are in grave danger of being killed by not only passing motorists who seem to think it's the national sport to aim for and run over the many dogs that roam the streets but also from dog catchers who are notoriously brutal in their handling of any dogs they catch.
The local pounds are full of captured dogs, each fighting to survive for themselves, each starving to death, each being denied the basics like water and food, beaten, flogged, you name it, it happens to these poor souls. Well here at HOPE Dog Rescue feel that these dogs deserve as much chance as any dog to live a normal happy life. No dog should have to suffer the terrible fates that these dogs are likely to and this is why we work tirelessly with many individuals in Romania in an attempt to offer reprieve to as many of them as we can.
Below are a few questions we have been asked and the answers we have given. This may help when selecting the dog you may wish to adopt.
Q. How do I apply to adopt a Romanian dog?
Q. Will I have to go through being Home checked?
A. Yes. We home check every potential adopter to make sure that we are placing our dogs in the right homes.
Q. Do you re-home to people living in flats?
Q. Do you re-home to families with children?
Q. What is your adoption fee?
A. The adoptions fees are £xxx no matter what the age of the dog is. The dog co-ordinator will discuss this with you once we have received your adoption application.
Q. How do we pay the adoption fee?
A. All our adoption fees are paid using either Cash, Bank Transfer or Paypal as our online preferred payment provider.
Q. Can i reserve a particular dog?
A. Yes you can, however for dogs that are still in Romania we would require half of the adoption fee paid in advance. This is to make the dog ready for travel, I.E. rabies injection, micro-chip, passport, vaccinated and de-wormed. Once this has been received we place a reserved on the dog with our volunteers in Romania and arrange a date to transport the dog. This is usually within 28 days but can be longer depending on the individual dog. All dogs can not have a rabies injection until they are 12 weeks old and then have to wait a further 21 days before they can travel. Therefore the youngest a dog can be to travel to the UK is 15 weeks.
Q. What size are the dogs or puppies going to get to?
A. Because of their relatively unknown history we can not guarantee the size of any dog. We can only go by things like the size of the mother, if we have seen her with her pups, or by pups in similar fosterer's that have grown a little.
Q. What breed are the dogs?
A. All dogs coming from Romania are mixed breed dogs of one form or another. We can not determine which mix they are due to the fact that many have been born in the wild and the Sire of the dogs is virtually unknown. Sometimes when we see the mother with the puppies we can possibly determine which breed she originated from but this is not always the case.