We are happy to talk to you and answer any questions that you have about the dog you are interested in or the adoption process. However, we must point out that no homechecks will be carried out until the Coronavirus crisis has passed and at the moment all dog transports from Romania into the UK are suspended.
If you are truly interested in a particular dog then please do submit an application but be prepared to wait until A Better Life Dog Rescue can function normally again.


The Adoption Process Explained

This page will explain the whole adoption process from start to finish. Please read carefully before applying to adopt.

All of our adoptions are begun by you completing an adoption application.

This form is automatically sent to our Adoption Coordinators, who look at it and then send you an e-mail explaining the process in more detail. You need to reply confirming that you wish to proceed with an adoption. A Coordinator will then contact you for a more in depth chat and providing you and the Coordinator are happy to proceed, we will submit your details for a home check. Whilst that is being arranged, our Coordinators will gather all the information they can about your chosen dog.

The homechecker will contact you and agree a convenient time and date for your check.  This will involve, amongst other things, inspecting the property’s boundaries to ensure they are secure, checking there are no hazards which could injure the dog and talking to you about dog adoption. Once the homechecker has finished, the homecheck is sent to your Coordinator. They will then contact you to have a further chat and hopefully finalise the adoption.

Your Vet may be contacted for a reference.

The final decision on your suitability to adopt a dog is solely at our Dog Coordinator’s discretion.

Whilst you may have your heart set on a specific dog, it may not be suitable for your home environment or situation, so therefore the Coordinator will discuss alternative dogs with you which could be more suitable.

Once the right dog for you has been selected and when we know the date the dog can be transported safely and legally, we book him or her on the transport that has been discussed and is convenient with you.

All our dogs from Romania come with a registered microchip, rabies vaccine and at least 2 courses of normal vaccines.

They are wormed, de-flead and will have a Pet Passport and Health Record. If the dog is old enough it will also be neutered prior to transport.

All transports leave Romania every three weeks on a Thursday and arrive in the UK early Saturday morning.

You are able to collect your dog on the morning of arrival at our Kennels in Horndon-On-The-Hill, Essex, or two other locations – either Chieveley Services M4 J13 or Markfield Services M1 J22. Please make sure you have a slip lead, as we will not allow a dog to be offloaded from the van without a slip lead to secure it.

This is the whole adoption process.

Once the dog is in your home it is then your responsibility to ensure that dog is safe and secure at all times.

Please read all the information that our Adoption Coordinators provide during the process – this is to help you, help the adoption run smoothly and help your new dog settle into it’s new life..