• The Adoption Process

  • The first stage of our Adoption Process requires our adopting families to complete our HOME ENQUIRY FORM. But before doing this reading through the following information will help to answer any questions you may have.

  • Bedlington Terrier Rescue Foundation and Covid 19 - February 2022

    In this challenging time for us and all rescue organisations, one of the things that we did not expect was the enormous increase in applications to rehome Bedlington Terriers and their crosses. We normally have around 200 applications per year, in the last few months alone, we have received over 400 applications!

    We go through all applications as they come in and acknowledge receipt by email – all our team are volunteers and most have work and family commitments so they are doing their very best, please bear with us!

    We will be considering every application that comes in, but of course those that meet our rehoming criteria are more likely to be suited to a dog. Please also bear in mind that 90% of the dogs that come to us need behavioural back up and support, we rarely have dogs that come to us that have no issues. So the main criteria is that all our adopters will need to agree to work closely with us and the behaviourist we appoint to the family (BTRF covers the cost of this support).

    With this in mind, we are very grateful to all the offers to rehome but we do suggest that you read the criteria carefully before completing the Home Enquiry Form.

  • How do we work?

    Although our head office is based in Carmarthen we do not have a rescue centre and kennels.  We work through a team of 13 local Area Coordinators throughout the country. These coordinators work closely together and with Frances Fuller, our Director, when a dog is needing a new home. 

    We work home to home and occasionally foster to home. This helps to minimise the stress to the dogs when they move from gifting home to new home. At all times we have the welfare of the dogs at heart but also understand how difficult it can be to part with a much loved pet for whatever reason.  Therefore we like to work with our gifting homes where possible, when looking for new homes for our rescue dogs.

  • Interesting in Fostering for us?

    We are always needing foster carers to join the BTRF team.  For full information, visit the Foster Carers' Training Scheme page

  • What to expect from us

    We very carefully match our Beddies (and crosses)  to their new homes and offer back up and support right through the process.  For us it is all about making sure our dogs find the right homes and stay there, so we offer behavioural back up and support as well as any veterinary support for dogs that have existing medical issues.  

    We will be on hand to prepare you for the arrival of your new rescue, sending you a Management Plan of what to expect and how to help your new rescue settle in the first few days - what to do and what not to do!

    Every adopting home will be given a 'Settling In' session by one of our appointed behaviourists. These sessions happen immediately after adoption so that the new family can discuss any concerns or ask questions to make sure that everyone gets off on the right track from the very beginning.

    Where necessary we appoint and pay for a fully qualified modern, reward based behaviourist to work with the new home should this be necessary and this is reviewed on a regular basis to assess progress.   A member of our Training and Behaviour Team will be available throughout and will liaise closely with the behaviourist appointed to the family. 

    It is our policy as a responsible rescue organisation to neuter, but this is not carried out before the dog goes to their new home. Every dog is treated as an individual and neutering will take place once the BTRF Training and Behaviour Team, the behaviourist on the ground and the vet are in agreement that the dog is ready for the procedure, both behaviourally and medically.

    All dogs go to their new home with the following care:

    • Vaccinations up to date 
    • Worming and flea treatment up to date
    • Microchipped
    • If they need neutering we will provide a £40 voucher towards the cost of neutering, paid directly to the vet carrying out the procedure. All other costs will be down to the adopters
    • 4 weeks free Petplan Cover
    • Welcome Pack with full contact details should there be any issues
    • Follow up 'Settling in Session' by one of our appointed qualified modern, reward based trainers / behaviourists
  • What we expect from our adopters

    We ask that our adopters work closely with us right through the adoption process.  We will do many checks to ensure that the dog is right for your family situation and that you are right for the dog.  Where a dog needs some behavioural help, BTRF will appoint and cover the cost of a fully qualified behaviourist but we then do expect the family to work closely with the behaviourist. The feedback we get from our adopters who have gone down this route with us is that it is a very rewarding journey and they have felt supported all the way.

  • From our initial enquiry through to the arrival of 'the boys' all the wonderful people involved with BTRF have given us fabulous advice and support. Knowing that they are there if we need them or just to reassure us that we are doing the right thing is a great help.
    (Adopting Family)

  • Please note: It could take a while before the right dog comes along. We are a small breed rescue so thankfully we do not have a large turnover of dogs, so waiting times may be a little longer. People with more specific needs such as full time workers, families with young children and cats may have to wait longer too.  We also ask you to consider that Bedlingtons have high maintenance coats and they need to be groomed / trimmed about every 6-8 weeks.

    We do ask for an Adoption Donation of £180 per dog home to home and £200 from foster to home as this helps a little towards the cost of rehoming a dog . Last year our behavioural / veterinary fees totalled over £18,000 so every penny helps us to continue to offer this very important back up and support to every dog that needs it.

    We do not rehome our rescues outside of the UK.  We offer back and support to our adopting families and we can't do this outside of the UK.

  • The Procedure

    You will no doubt have a number of questions about the adoption procedure and the following information should answer these.  If you have any further questions please do make contact with our Director, Frances Fuller, who will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

    • What happens after BTRF receives my Home Enquiry Form?

      Once we have received your completed Home Enquiry Form we will add you to our Rehoming Register to be consider when a suitable dog comes in that meets your requirements. Your form will then be passed to your local Area Coordinator

    • When will our local Area Coordinator make contact with us?

      Your local Area Coordinator will make initial contact with you once they have received your Home Enquiry Form - usually initially by email. We try to do this within 10 days of receiving your form but we do ask you to bear in mind that all of our Coordinators are volunteers and many have full time jobs and / or family commitments and this made even more difficult during Covid restrictions. They will at this point discuss our rehoming process with you and your expectations and requirements and ask any questions that they may have after going through your Home Enquiry Form.

    • What happens when a dog comes in that fits our requirements?

      Once a Beddie (or cross) comes in that fits your requirements we will contact you to arrange a home check / interview. We try to rehome dogs in their local area if at all possible to minimise the stress of transporting them around the country.

    • What does the Home Check involved?

      Our Home Checkers will take a good look at your garden, to make sure it is a safe environment for a dog.  But the Home Check is so much more than just checking the home environment. Our Home Checks are carried out by members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers or a qualified behaviourist.  Their training ethics are the same as BTRF - modern, reward science based. We therefore ask our Home Checkers to talk to you about ongoing training and to answer any questions you might have about caring for your new rescue and training / behaviour. Often the Home Check is carried out by the behaviourist who we will be appointing to work with the adopting family.  This means that should the home check be successful there is already a relationship between behaviourist and adopter.

      It is important to remember that just because you have had a home check it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be offered the dog. The home check / interview is an important part of the adoption and can be the deciding factor as to whether the match is right for both the dog and adopting family.

    • What happens after a Home Check?

      After the home check we will contact you and inform you of the outcome.  If it is favourable and both our gifting homes and adoptive homes are happy we will go to adoption. If a resident dog is involved we will need to carry out a Meet and Greet to make sure both dogs are compatible.  This will be carried out on neutral territory and overseen by a qualified behaviourist.  We may require potential adopters with resident dogs to do a couple of off territory Meet and Greets before the decision to adopt is made.

    • What about dogs that have training / behavioural issues?

      Please remember that a lot of rescue dogs come with "baggage" - this could be training or behavioural issues. Normally all that is needed is time and patience to help the rescue dog settle and we will help and advise on this during the 'Settling in Session'. Sometimes the dog may need the help of a professional behaviourist. As explained, we will appoint the appropriate help and the cost of this will be covered by BTRF but we will stay in close contact with the behaviourist appointed to the case and review progress on a regular basis.  But we would expect our adopting families to work closely with the trainer / behaviourist appointed to help the dog through the issues and to follow their training plan that will be put together specific for each dog. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE ON A DOG WITH SPECIFIC BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES THEN YOU CAN TELL US IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE ON THE HOME ENQUIRY FORM. 

    • What if the dog has medical issues?

      We will pass on all information from the previous owner, this includes medical conditions. We cannot be held responsible if a problem is not reported prior to rehoming, however we do ask for full medical history to be sent to us at surrender if this is available. If the dogs have other healthcare needs or visible illness when they come into our care, this will be treated once in the new home.  Any ongoing healthcare needs will be explained to you fully before you commit to adoption, often with the dog receiving ongoing support from BTRF.  One of our team will discuss this with you prior to adoption as it will be on a case by case basis.