Rescuing, Rehabilitating, Retraining & Rehoming German Shepherds responsibly since 2015
Registered Charity 1188407
7 Point Adoption Process
Once you have applied to adopt one of our beautiful dogs, you will be invited to have an initial meeting with us, during the meeting we will run through your application and in turn discuss what dogs suit your home and lifestyle. If you live in rented premises your application cannot move forward unless we have a letter giving permission from your landlord to have a dog in your home.
At your initial meeting you will get to meet our personal dogs so that we can assess your suitability and discuss with you what we feel would be the best variant, hopefully you will also get to meet some of the rescues that would be good matches or potential dogs for you to consider, you will be able to take them for a walk or play in our secure area with a member of our team to give you an insite to how they behave around you and your family, if we find you have multiple matches this will be your chance to choose the best one for you.
If we manage to find you a match with one of our dogs on site, we will get you started with our 7 point adoption process, if we do not have a match we shall endeavour to keep looking for you and get back in touch when we think we have the perfect candidate.
7 Point Adoption Process - Helping to create a true family bond
1. Home Check & Reservation: This stage can be requested at any time.
We now operate a less intrusive initial home check system, however we may still require a personal visit in some cases. To reserve your new friend and authorise your home check there is a £50 deposit payable. If for any reason you fail your home check or you decide not to continue with the adoption process your £50 will be converted into a donation to our general rescue fund. If everything goes ok and you continue to your final adoption £25 will be kept as a deposit towards the adoption fee and £25 will be charged as an admin fee, which goes to help with thinks like food and medical bills for the other dogs.
2. 1st Stage Meet & Greet
This is YOUR time. Come and play with your new friend in our secure area with little or no intervention from our team (as many times and whatever times you choose) this is to strengthen the bond between dog and potential family.
3. 2nd Stage Meet & Greet
By now you should feel some real chemistry! So it's time to get you out in public! Now is your chance to start going for walks, local or even a little further afield if you want to check out how your new friend is in the car.
However no home visits at this stage, even if we have home checks in place.
4. First Visit Home
Once you have a successful home check, and we are all happy that things are heading in the right direction we advise taking your new friend out for the day doing something fun and “popping” home initially for no more than an hour – Just go home, show your new friend the toilet areas and let them have a quick look around, while you have a cuppa! This is to reduce the anxiety that new places can cause, Go out for a walk to help lower their stress levels and return home and relax for the rest of the day.
5. Day outings
After the initial introduction to your home you can now go home for the day to see how you all get a long, you can repeat this stage several times if required or move on to a sleepover if we think everything is on target.
Now for the big one! Let’s see how everybody holds up with a full day and a night, this is normally the point of which we all know the answer before anyone says anything, sleepovers are a good time to set boundaries for both the new dog in question, children and adults alike. Don’t forget the team are at the end of the phone should you need any help during this time.
7. Suitability Meeting / Adoption
The day we have all been working towards! If you get this far then congratulations are in order, happy gotcha day to your new friend and welcome to the LUOSKO family. Once paperwork is signed, you will be issued with your adoption certificate, a quick photo or two, probably a few tears here and there but then it’s over to you as the new proud family!
Unless dogs come in to our rescue as a bonded pair we DO NOT rehome more than one dog to the same home unless we have done an assessment at least 12months after the first adoption. All our dogs leave us microchipped, vaccinated, flead & wormed and where possible neutered/spayed as well as 4 weeks free insurance and a welcome home pack.
If a dog has come in to us with no vaccination record it will be necessary to start the course from scratch. This involves an initial vaccination followed by a second vaccination 2-4 weeks later. This does mean you may need to return to our vets for the second vaccination if adoption occurs in the middle of the vaccination course.
We try to neuter all male dogs in our care as a matter of course providing they are at least 3yrs old (unless medically not viable) but with females it is not always possible as we may not know their season history (it is safest to spay a bitch mid way between seasons and preferably after 3yrs old), however all intact males and females leave with a strict spay/neutering agreement – failure to keep to this agreement shall render the adoption void and we will recover possession of the dog if you are unable to stick to the agreement and provide proof if required.
Please note that if a dog leaves with a spay/neuter agreement in place you may be responsible for any costs incurred.