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 initiated by you completing an adoption application. This form, once filled in automatically gets sent to our dog coordinator who looks at it and then sends it off to one of our screeners. The screener will then contact you and if suitable will submit your details for a home check. Whilst that is being arranged our screeners will also contact your vet for a reference.

The homechecker will contact you with a suitable date and time to perform your homecheck. This will involve, amongst other things, inspecting your properties boundaries to ensure they are secure, checking there are no hazards which could possibly injure the dog. Once the homechecker has performed the check they then submit the homecheck details back on our website which automatically gets sent to our dog coordinator. They will then contact you to discuss your application. The final decision on your suitability to adopt a dog is solely at their discretion.

Once you have passed your checks then the correct dogs for your situation are told to you. Whilst you may have your heart set on a specific dog, that dog may not be suitable for your home environment/situation so therefore the coordinator will discuss alternatives for you which are more suitable.

Once the right dog for you has been selected we require a deposit to secure that dog and prepare the dog for transport. ALL dogs from Romania come with Microchip, Rabies vaccine, at least 2 courses of normal vaccines, Wormed, Flead and with a Pet Passport. If the dog is old enough it will also be sterilised prior to transport. We wait 2 weeks after sterilisation before the dog will be allowed to travel.

When we know the date the dog can be transported we book him/her on the next available transport after that, depending on your circumstances.

All transports leave Romania on a Wednesday and arrive in the UK early Friday morning. Unless you are able to collect your dog on morning of arrival at our kennels in Horndon-On-The-Hill, Essex, the dog will stay there for 48 hours. This is an EU requirement and is called the “Animal Welfare Stop”

On completion of the 48 hours Animal Welfare Stop, the dogs are then loaded back on the vans and are taken to 2 separate locations for collection.
The first is Chieveley Services M4 J13 and the second is Markfield Services M1 J22. Either way please make sure you have a slip lead handy as we will not allow a dog to be offloaded from the van without a slip lead to secure it.

This finalises 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 our “Do’s and Dont’s” page for any more information about how you should possibly deal with your dogs arrival and initial first few days.