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?
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?
What is your adoption donation?
The adoption donation is a minimum of £350 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 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.
Can I go and look at the dogs first so I can choose which one I would like to adopt?
Some dogs are in the UK, the others are in Romania. For dogs in the UK this is of course possible. Our co-ordinator will discuss this with you during your application.
What breed are the dogs?
All of our dogs are Cross Breed dogs of one form or another. Sometimes we do get some specific breed dogs however we always advertise them as Cross Breed due to the fact that we do not know their parentage.
How big will my puppy grow?
This is a difficult one to answer unless we have seen both parents with the puppy, which is very very rare. In most cases we make an estimate on the possible size, but please bear in mind, a puppy can have a spout of growth around 8 months old that can surprise even the most educated dog specialist.