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.
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.
If necessary we appoint and pay for a fully qualified positive 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.
All dogs go to their new home:
Vaccinations up to date
Worming and flea treatment up to date
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 qualified positive reward based trainer / behaviourist
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.
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 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 £150 per dog home to home and £180 from foster to home as this helps a little towards the cost of rehoming a dog . Last year our behavioural / veterinary fees totalled over £10,000 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.
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 BTR receives my Home Enquiry Form?
Once we have received your completed Home Enquiry Form your local Area Coordinator will make initial contact with you. We try to do this within 7 days of receiving your form. Once your Area Coordinator has discussed your requirement with you they will add you to their area rehoming list.
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 avoid transporting them around the country.
What does the Home Check involved?
Our home checker 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, positive 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 we then arrange a 'Meet and Greet' with the current owner / foster carer. This is essential to make sure that the dog is right for you and vice versa. Particularly important if the potential new home has a resident dog. This is usually carried out on neutral territory and is often overseen by a member of the team or one of our appointed behaviourists / trainers.
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 work closely with them on the Behavioural Modification 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 just 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. 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. Frances, our Director will discuss this with you prior to adoption.
BTRF have a number of Area Coordinators around the country.
Please be aware that many of the coordinators that volunteer for BTRF also have full time jobs but they will make contact with you as soon as possible
Register Charity information
Bedlington Terrier Rescue Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation and a registered charity with Registered Charity Number 1176408 whose registered address is at Glyn Coch, Alltwalis, Carmarthen SA32 7EA