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How we adopt
Appointments are required to meet our dogs at our rescue centre and are by prior arrangement only.
Due to our site layout and the stress caused to the dogs when visitors walk past, our kennels are not open to the public for general viewing. An online Adoption Interest Form should be completed in the first instance. Our unique adoption process at LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue ensures that the right dog is matched to the right home.
All rescue centres have their own adoption protocols and procedures and we are no different, however we regularly hear that potentially good homes have been rejected by other rescues for some reason or another. Here at LUOSKO, we use the guidelines of Common Sense. Each home is assessed on its own merits and all potential adopters are considered regardless of young children or circumstances. Each dog will have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their adoption information or at your meeting with us.
Our main aim is and always will be to find the “perfect” home for one of the dogs in our care, our dogs are important to us and we want to ensure that we make the best decisions on their behalf.
We try to match our dogs to their potential homes, ok so this means you don’t get to choose your new dog; however after spending time with our dogs we know them best! and trust us, our team do some fantastic matches - just ask to see some of our past adoptions, at this point It’s down to you to tell us what your life entails so we can make an informed decision to which of our dogs will fit in better and match your lifestyle. We have a rather unique 7point adoption process which helps our dogs and families bond before adoption, which gives us an even better insight to the right matches. This has proven to be a very successful way of running our adoptions with very little failure rate.
If your after a quick adoption then our rescue is not for you, however if you believe that ensuring your home, lifestyle and your potential new best friend should be a perfect match, no matter how long it takes then read on!
How do I apply to adopt a dog?
Once you have completed an online application form a member of our welfare and adoption team will ring you for a chat. If we think you are a good match for one of our rescue dogs, we will make an appointment for you to come and meet the suitable matched dogs at our rescue centre in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Are the dogs neutered and vaccinated?
All of our dogs are neutered (if over 2years), vaccinated, flea treated, wormed and microchipped prior to adoption. If the dog is under 2 years old, the adopter will be asked to sign a neutering contract and a subsidised neutering voucher can be provided in some cases. Our dogs also go home with four weeks' free insurance.
Do you have a minimum age requirement for children?
We do not have age restrictions for dogs being adopted where there are children in the family. Each dog will have its own requirements for the ages of children.
My existing dog is not neutered, is this a problem?
We do not allow our dogs to go to homes with existing dogs that are not neutered unless this is for medical or behavioural reasons - if in doubt please enquire first. All LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue dogs are neutered if over 2 years old. We believe neutering is a key aspect of responsible dog ownership. We are also mindful that having an entire dog in the house could mean settling a new dog in and building their own canine relationships can be more difficult.
Can I adopt a dog if I work?
We will allow certain dogs to be adopted by full-time workers where specified in their adoption information. However, you must make arrangements for someone to visit during the day, e.g a dog walker/sitter. If the dog has been in a foster home it means that we do have an idea how each dog reacts to being left for certain periods of time. Please let us know what your "typical" day is like so we can try and match the right dog with your needs.
Do you allow dogs to be adopted for working purposes?
We do allow some of our our dogs to be adopted into working homes. We have official contacts with organisations such as Police and HMP services. If you are looking for a security patrol dog please speak with us to discuss as we only use one trusted outlet for NASDU qualifications and handlers.
How much is your adoption fee?
We ask for a minimum adoption fee of £500 per dog. This is an important contribution towards our general running costs and in some cases, may not even cover the cost of care that the dog has received from us.
Do I need to take my adopted dog to training classes?
We strongly encourage our adopters to treat our dogs as puppies no matter how old, so yes we recommend attending positive and reward-based training classes, especially for younger dogs.
We can assist with any appropriate training if required, however you are free to use alternative trainers.
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