ARE YOU READY TO LIVE WITH A BORDER COLLIE?
Before deciding on having a Border Collie, you need to ask one question, "How much of myself am I prepared to give?" Border Collies are very intelligent and sensitive and providing time for a game with a ball, a half hour walk or a weekly training session is not enough, they need to be part of your life. Taking a dog into your home is a big responsibility and the more information about the breed and its requirements you have, the easier it will be to understand your dog.
If you are considering applying to give one of our Trust dogs a home you may need to be prepared to spend at least one day, and possibly two, with the dog you have chosen to make sure you are certain he or she is right for you. This will also give us the opportunity to assess you both together and to help you to understand each other.
We do not insist you become involved in any dog activity or go to training classes. But we do need to know that you are dedicated to the welfare of your dog, can provide a calm and secure home and are prepared to put in the time needed initially to get know each other.
We don't rush our dogs out into new homes. we give them time to settle and we assess them. We have full time behaviourists and trainers who work with them and who will spend time with you discussing the dog you would like to adopt.
We try to ensure that our guardians have the best possible dog for them, their family and their lifestyle, and this may mean that sometimes we may recommend a dog to someone they hadn't previously considered.
While we appreciate people may have work and family commitments we don't let our dogs go into homes where they are going to be left alone for long periods of time, and some of our younger dogs may not be suitable for families or couples with part time work commitments. This does not necessarily mean we will refuse to home a dog into such circumstances, but we would need to discuss the options of adopting an older dog, or of a family member sharing the responsibility of caring for the dog.
We do not refuse to let our dogs go to families where there are young children but please do not be offended if we turn down requests to look at some of the dogs you may think are suitable, or if we suggest older or steadier dogs. We don't always have dogs in that can be placed with families with children, and we do sometimes have to say no to families with very young children.
STEPS TO ADOPTION:
1, HOW TO CONTACT US:
You can send an email to provide some information about yourself but we do need to talk to you so you will also need to make a telephone call to 01274 566250.
Answerphone messages are checked regularly so please leave a message with your number.
2, SOME OF THE QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED BEFORE YOU VISIT THE TRUST:
Do you have young children; do young children visit your home; do you have work or volunteer commitments; how long may a dog be left unattended at any one time and how regularly; do you already have a dog; do you have a cat or any other pets?
We are happy to discuss over the telephone the type of dog you are looking for and to talk about any dogs we have in that may be suitable.
3, ARRANGING A VISIT:
All visits are by appointment only. We do not have an 'open kennel' policy where people can walk around and view all the dogs. This is stressful for the dogs and can be confusing for prospective adopters. After filling in a questionnaire you will be introduced to the dog, or dogs, you have come to see.
4, YOU'VE FOUND YOUR DOG:
What happens next will vary according to the dog you want to adopt, your circumstances, and the distance you live from the Trust. We don't encourage immediate decisions and usually ask people to give themselves twenty for hours to make sure they really are ready for the dog they have chosen. If the dog you want to adopt is very nervous we may ask you to spend more time with him or her, this may mean several visits if you live locally, or, if you live a distance away one or two overnight stays in the area until your dog gets to know you. All our dogs are microchipped, they are all vaccinated with at least their first one and whenever possible they are neutered. The reasons why a dog may not be neutered are: their age, bitches in season, bitches where we are not sure if they have been spayed previously, dogs that have been in very poor condition and need more time.
5, THE BIG DAY:
When you contact to confirm you are sure about adopting your chosen dog we will begin the adoption process. Any neutering or vaccinations that haven't been done will be arranged. If your dog cannot be neutered before adoption part of your terms and conditions will be that it is neutered within a certain period of time, and any references that we have asked you to supply will need to be submitted before the date for adoption can be arranged.
Any further information on adoption and taking your dog home will be supplied at the time of adoption as each dog may require different needs and arrangements.
6, THE FUTURE:
The Trust’s commitment to the dogs in its care and to each adopter does not end at the time of adoption. You will be given as much background information as we can provide for your chosen dog, and one of our trainers will take you step by step, with demonstrations, through any training we have done with him or her, including how to do the lead walking.
You have full back up for help, advice or a friendly chat not just for the first few weeks but for the rest of your dog’s life.
The information you will receive with your terms and conditions about your chosen dog will cover the first few weeks in your care and are in place for a reason. A high percentage of dogs getting lost are in their first few weeks in a new home and in most cases they have not had time to settle down and establish any boundaries. Therefore we do ask you to take our advice seriously to help avoid the distress of a lost dog.
Although in their forever home our dogs still remain part of the Trust’s ‘family’ so regular updates and photographs from you are really appreciated and if you are on Facebook we have a group page for our adopters where you can post photographs and meet other dogs in our extended family. We love to hear your news of how well your dogs are doing and we do appreciate all the time love and patience you give them when they join your family.
The adoption donation can depend on the age and status of each dog but with the exception of very old dogs we usually ask for a minimum donation of £170.00
Each dog, regardless of age, will cost the Trust an average of £200.00 in vet, medical, worming and general health care, before its food is taken into account. The adoption donation to the Trust is to enable another dog to be given a safe sanctuary in preparation for a new home. It is a minimum donation to help cover costs, we leave it to each adopter to decide if they can contribute a higher donation of their choice to the Trust.