DESTITUTE ANIMAL SHELTER
ADOPTING A DOG
Most of our animals are strays and therefore we know nothing of their background. They need time to settle into a new home and come to trust their new family. Please give the dog a chance and follow these guidelines. Should you have any problems the Shelter staff will be happy to help you at any time after the adoption. 	 		 	      * About Adopting         * Adopting a Dog     * Adopting a Cat     * Adopting Conditions   	 		 	  1. IDENTIFICATION Ensure that your dog is wearing a collar and identification disc at all times. Should the dog manage to escape or get lost then it can be returned to you. If your dog loses its disc we will replace it free of charge. You may also consider having your dog fitted with an "Identichip". This is an electronic identification device which is inserted beneath the skin of the dog's neck and can therefore never get lost as can a collar and disc. The insertion of the chip is very quick, it does not hurt the dog and can be done at the Shelter (see staff for details).  2. HEALTH Your dog should be registered with a local Veterinary Surgery as soon as possible. You will have been given a vaccination card which must be kept safely. If your dog has had only one vaccination you should avoid all contact with other dogs and the areas where they have been until five days after the second vaccination. If you have other dogs yourself, your new dog will be safe as long as the other dogs are fully vaccinated. Once your dog is fully vaccinated a booster vaccination will be required yearly. We do our utmost to ensure that all dogs are healthy when they leave us but we cannot give any guarantees. We are happy to give advice, but if you think your dog is ill you should consult a Vet as soon as possible. The Shelter cannot be held responsible for any veterinary fees incurred after adoption.  3. NEUTERING Your dog has probably already been neutered, but if it is under six months of age it is too young to be done. We will therefore have provided you with a voucher towards the veterinary fees. It is important you ensure that the neutering is carried out as soon as your Vet advises, the patter of tiny feet can be quite a problem especially when there are up to forty feet to patter!! Also neutering will prevent many of the dogs more anti-social habits.  4. FEEDING At the Shelter we have a variety of different feeding regimes for different categories of dogs, you would be well advised to continue with the same feed as your dog is used to. Apart from this being an appropriate diet for your dog, it will help avoid gastric problems during the first few days in the new home. a) Puppies under 4 months - Pedigree Chum Puppy food with small bite mixer, small quantities four times per day. b) Dogs from 4 months up to approximately 10 years - Chappie Crunchy complete feed twice per day. N.B. always ensure water is available. c) Older dogs - Tinned meat and mixer twice per day. If you want to give your dog a variety of flavours you should ensure that they are different varieties from the same manufacturer. d) Greyhounds and Lurchers - Pedigree Chum, Lamb and Veg complete feed twice per day, with water always available. e) Dogs which are undernourished - Small undernourished dogs are fed the same diet as the greyhounds and lurchers, the larger dogs are better on tinned Chappie with mixer. Both sizes need small amounts of food at frequent intervals. f) Veterinary problems - Some dogs have particular health problems and will have a special diet prescribed for them by the Vet. If your dog is one of these you will have been notified. When you take your dog home it will be very tempting to give him dog treats and even some of your own food. We strongly advise that for the first week you give your dog nothing to eat except his meals as above. By doing this he will get to understand what is his feed and what is yours, it will also prevent him from trying to convince you that he will not eat the diet which you have been advised to feed him, mainly because he will have no alternative! If he leaves his food do not give him an alternative just pick it up and throw it away, if he continues to do this after 36 to 48 hours give us a ring and we will help. If you are using complete feed there is no need to add water or gravy. The crunchy nature of the feed is good for his teeth and gums, don't spoil it by making it soft. After the first week of regularly eating the chosen diet he will have got the message about what he has to eat and you can then start to give him doggy treats if you wish. These should not be too much to spoil his appetite and should only be used as a reward for good behaviour. Even after the first week never give him any of your food, even scraps left over after a meal, it is not healthy for him and will certainly cause him to beg.  RETURNING Remember it may take weeks or sometimes months for a rescued dog to settle fully. Please ring us for advice if you are concerned or having problems. If after a reasonable period of time the dog is still unsettled, it may be returned to us but please note we do require notice so that we can make sure we have space for it. We will also require the vaccination certificate and any unused vouchers to be returned. We will not be able to return your donation. If the dog has been with you for more than three months there will be a charge for re-homing it. Please note if you have allowed your dog's vaccinations to lapse we will not be able to re-admit your dog until its vaccinations are once again up to date, this will take you three weeks to accomplish.

Most of our animals are strays and therefore we know nothing of their background. They need time to settle into a new home and come to trust their new family. Please give the dog a chance and follow these guidelines. Should you have any problems the Shelter staff will be happy to help you at any time after the adoption.

1. IDENTIFICATION
Ensure that your dog is wearing a collar and identification disc at all times. Should the dog manage to escape or get lost then it can be returned to you. If your dog loses its disc we will replace it free of charge. Your dog will be fitted with an "Identichip". This is an electronic identification device which is inserted beneath the skin of the dog's neck and can therefore never get lost as can a collar and disc.

2. HEALTH
Your dog should be registered with a local Veterinary Surgery as soon as possible. You will have been given a vaccination card which must be kept safely. If your dog has had only one vaccination you should avoid all contact with other dogs and the areas where they have been until five days after the second vaccination. If you have other dogs yourself your new dog will be safe as long as the other dogs are fully vaccinated. Once your dog is fully vaccinated a booster vaccination will be required yearly.
We do our utmost to ensure that all dogs are healthy when they leave us but we cannot give any guarantees. We are happy to give advice, but if you think your dog is ill you should consult a Vet as soon as possible. The Shelter cannot be held responsible for any veterinary fees incurred after adoption.

3. NEUTERING
Your dog has probably already been neutered, but if it is under six months of age it is too young to be done. We will therefore have provided you with a voucher towards the veterinary fees. It is important you ensure that the neutering is carried out as soon as your Vet advises, the patter of tiny feet can be quite a problem especially when there are up to forty feet to patter!! Also neutering will prevent many of the dogs more anti-social habits.

4. FEEDING
At the Shelter we have a variety of different feeding regimes for different categories of dogs, you would be well advised to continue with the same feed as your dog is used to. Apart from this being an appropriate diet for your dog, it will help avoid gastric problems during the first few days in the new home. The animal's diet will be discussed on adoption.

When you take your dog home it will be very tempting to give him dog treats and even some of your own food. We strongly advise that for the first week you give your dog nothing to eat except his meals as above. By doing this he will get to understand what is his feed and what is yours, it will also prevent him from trying to convince you that he will not eat the diet which you have been advised to feed him, mainly because he will have no alternative! If he leaves his food do not give him an alternative just pick it up and throw it away, if he continues to do this after 36 to 48 hours give us a ring and we will help. If you are using complete feed there is no need to add water or gravy. The crunchy nature of the feed is good for his teeth and gums, don't spoil it by making it soft.
After the first week of regularly eating the chosen diet he will have got the message about what he has to eat and you can then start to give him doggy treats if you wish. These should not be too much to spoil his appetite and should only be used as a reward for good behaviour.
Even after the first week never give him any of your food, even scraps left over after a meal, it is not healthy for him and will certainly cause him to beg.

RETURNING
Remember it may take weeks or sometimes months for a rescued dog to settle fully. Please ring us for advice if you are concerned or having problems. If after a reasonable period of time the dog is still unsettled, it may be returned to us but please note we do require notice so that we can make sure we have space for it. We will also require the vaccination certificate and any unused vouchers to be returned. We will not be able to return your donation. If the dog has been with you for more than three months there will be a charge for re-homing it. Please note if you have allowed your dog's vaccinations to lapse we will not be able to re-admit your dog until its vaccinations are once again up to date, this will take you three weeks to accomplish.