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FAQ’s

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 we at A Better Life 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. 

How do I apply to adopt a Romanian dog?

Simple. You fill out an adoption application form and our dog co-ordinators will review your application and be in touch with your very shortly.

Will I have to go through being Home checked?

Yes. We home check every potential adopter to make sure that we are placing our dogs in the right homes. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Do you re-home to people living in flats?

Every application is taken on it’s own merits. For some the answer would be no, however this is not set in stone. Our dog co-ordinator will advise you once she has received your adoption application.

Do you re-home to families with children?
We only re-home to families with children over 8 years of age. However, if you agree to it on the adoption application we can pass your details on to our sister charity who will re-home puppies to families with children over 2 years old.
What is your adoption donation?

The adoption donation is a minimum of £320 for dogs up to 8 years old. Dogs older than 8 years old the adoption fee will be less based on how much it costs to prepare the dog for travel and travel costs.

I can't pay the adoption donation in one go. Is there a way to pay monthly?

Yes. We offer a monthly plan that is payable by debit or credit card for a specific amount per month. Please contact us for more details.

How do we pay the adoption donation?

All our adoption donations are paid using either a credit or debit card on BT Donate, Worldpay, Bank Transfer or Paypal. We are also able to take your adoption donation over the phone. Please call one of the numbers listed on our contact page to arrange this.

Can I go and look at the dogs first so I can choose which one I would like to adopt?

Sometimes. Once your home check has been completed and approved by our dog co-ordinator you will be given the choice of either visiting one of our dogs in the UK or adopting another directly from Romania. For dogs still in Romania we can only send you pictures and an assessment from the Romanian rescuer with regards to how the dog’s temperament is. For dogs in the UK you can visit them and see for yourself.

Can I reserve a particular dog?

Yes you can, after your homecheck. However for dogs that are still in Romania we would require half of the donation 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.

What size are the dogs or puppies going to get to?

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.

What breed are the dogs?

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.