Adopting a dog from Oakwood Dog Rescue (regular process)

Thinking about taking on a rescue dog? Please think carefully, these dogs have had their lives tipped upside down through no fault of their own...

Below you will find all the information about adopting a dog from Oakwood Dog Rescue

Before you submit an applicaiton form you must read the adoption requirements to ensure you qualify for adoption with the rescue

As a rescue we do not discriminate where a dog comes from, we aim to help a dog find an understanding and loving home. We take in dogs from Romania and dogs from the UK.

Any rescue dog will take time to settle into a new home. Imagine your first day at a new job, it's scary - you take time to get used to the flow of things, to know where the toilets are, to understand what you're supposed to do on a day-to-day basis and you certainly don't have everything pinned down over night... This is a similar situation for a rescue dog.

Taking on a rescue dog, and an ex-street dog is not easy. These dogs have never had people be nice to them, they have never been taught how to sit, lie down - most have never seen a tv or flight of stairs before. Oakwood supports its local adopters with 4 weeks of free training with Oakwood Canine Services. For adopters outside of Hull, you will be asked to book training with a professional in your area to help with the physical side of training - we are here to support you via phone and email.

Ever heard of the phrase, "adopted dogs take 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to start to know your routine and 3 months to start to feel at home"?

Any rescue dog may toilet in the house, bark when they are left alone, become destructive or chew a prized possession - we need all of our applicants to be comitted and understand that a dog is hard work - whether you take in a puppy or a rescue, you will have challenges. We expect our adopters to work with us... returning a dog after 2 weeks in the home because it is hard work is not a valid reason to return a dog to rescue. 

Give them a chance.

In viewings our experienced staff will disclose everything there is to know about each individual dog - what they may struggle with, are fearful of or have faced in the past. We expect our adopters to listen and take on board what they are told in viewings - you may have had dogs all of your life, but just like people are all unique, each dog is too. The staff work with these dogs on a day to day basis and know them well.

Before you go any further, please ensure that you are 100% ready and committed to taking on a rescue dog, regardless of their origin and work with the rescue to provide the dog with a patient home. Returning a dog to a rescue centre can have very detrimental effects on a dog and its behaviour.

Our adoption policies, terms and conditions are in place for the benefit of our dogs and their adopters. We differ from most other rescues in the extensive support we offer our adoptive families during the adoption process and also the aftercare support and training we offer.

We re-home to adopters over the age of 21 - it doesn't matter if you work full-time or have children*. We look for your committment and ability to provide everything the dog needs. Then it's just a case of finding a dog that is suitable.

Our policies are put in place to benefit our dogs and their welfare, they do not reflect to you as a person.

The process from reservation to adoption takes between 1-2 weeks depending on the dog you are adopting and where you live in the UK.

Please do not apply if you require garden work to meet requirements, are moving house or have a holiday booked in the next 6-8 weeks: you must be ready to start the process immediately and you need to be able to commit your full attention to the dog.

*as a rescue we assess dogs with children as young as 5 years of age. We cannot accept applications from people with children younger than this.

  • Perfect matching service: We pride ourselves in matching dogs to clients needs, wants and lifestyles. We endeavour to find the dog that will slot right in to your family.
  • The dogs are fully vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, regularly fleaed and wormed - our Romanian dogs come with their own dog passport worth £60.
  • Our dogs receive a behaviour assessment undertaken by experienced staff in order to find them the best homes.
  • Free training services for 4 weeks after adoption for local adopters.
  • 50% off any groom voucher for Noah's Ark Grooming
  • 20% off your first 3 grooms at Happy Paws Spa
  • Royal Canin treat voucher
  • Rehoming folder
  • Ongoing support for the life of the dog, support, advice and training just a phone call,email or Facebook message away.

  • Prospective owners must be 21 or older.

 

  • Applicants aged 60+ must secure rescue back up from a friend or relative under the age of 60 in the event that the dog can no longer be cared for by the owner.

 

  • Everyone in the home must  be in agreement about adopting a dog.

 

  • All household members, and other dogs in your home must come to the centre for an introduction to make sure they all get along.

 

  • Homecheck is required - this checks for the safety and security of the dog once it is in your home.

 

  • Lifetime insurance must be taken out on the dog for the life of the dog - to ensure that veterinary care and liability is covered in the event of an accident.

 

  • Your fencing/hedge(s) must be a minimum of 6ft. Fencing must be solid and gaps kept to a minimum. You must have a 6ft boundary around the entire garden. Any holes in hedges, or at the root of the hedges must be secured by garden screening/mesh to ensure the security of the dog.

 

  • New owners must be willing to provide your chosen dog with the level of exercise and stimulation it requires everyday.

 

  • New owners must be willing to give the dog reasonable time to settle in and adjust to their new life which can be around a month to 6 months, sometimes longer.

 

  • If you are unable to keep the dog it must be returned to us. However, this is not a get out clause. Adopters must be willing to work through situations to try and keep the dog.

 

  • An adoption contract must be signed on the day of adoption and an adoption fee is to be paid (which is non refundable).

 

  • Annual vaccinations, flea and worming treatment and insurance must be kept valid and up to date to protect the health and wellbeing of the dog for its whole life.

 

  • The dog must not be left alone in the home for longer than 5 hours or overnight, other arrangements must be made with professional services such as a dog walker or pet sitter.

 

  • Unfortunately due to the time-consuming nature of rescue dogs and their unknown backgrounds, we are not able to re-home to people who have puppies under a year old or with children under 5 years old.

 

  • Any dogs in the household must be spayed or neutered. As a rescue we only match our dogs with household dogs of the opposite sex.

Our fee guidelines are as follows:

Dogs under 1 year - £275                                                                                  

Dogs 1-7 years - £200

Dogs 8 years+  - £125

Pure/Rare breeds - up to £300

The differences in fees are due to dogs having differing requirements. For example older dogs require a higher commitment to vet care and so to help towards this we reduce the cost of our older dogs to make them more rehomable. Puppies cost more to the rescue to ensure they are neutered, vaccinated etc. ready to go to their new family.

We require a reservation fee of £75.00 to be paid on reserving your chosen dog. This is non-refundable/transferable if you decide to un-reserve the dog and do not complete the adoption. If we decide the dog is not suitable for you, we will fully refund the reservation fee. When you complete the adoption, the reservation fee counts towards the total adoption fee.

  • Behaviour assessment whilst in the rescue
  • Neutering/spay worth up to £365 (depending on size/sex of dog)
  • Full course of vaccinations worth up to £60
  • Up to date with worming (£4 per 3 months) and flea treatment (£3.25 per month)
  • Microchip worth £15 (you will need to change details if you move house and this does come at a cost)
  • Free training for 4 weeks worth up to £80
  • Aftercare support with free telephone/email advice when you need it.
  • Rescue back up support for the dog should they need to be returned to rescue.

As we take in a lot of mixed breeds, it can be difficult to compare their height with that of a pedigree so we have referred to our dogs weights to categorise their size.

Miniature: 1kg-4kg

Small: 4kg-10kg

Medium: 10kg-20kg

Large: 20-40kg

Giant: 40kg+

The Adoption Process

Before completeing an application form it is important that you read each section to ensure you meet our requirements.

1) Complete and send our Adoption Application Form - please only submit this if you are wanting to adopt a dog immediately. If you want to adopt in future please complete the form a minimum of 2 weeks before you want to adopt. We cannot hold applications for people who want to adopt in the future. If you simply have an enquiry, please use the contact form, click here

2) You will attach photos of your garden to the application form. They must show the full boundary fence/hedge on all sides which must be solid, 6ft tall and have a 6ft tall padlocked gate. For fences/gates which are slightly too short, trellis can be added to the top to increase the height and keep costs down. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications until the fencing is 6ft in height so please make any amendments to your garden fencing before you apply.

3) Receive a call back or email from one of the team to discuss your application, requirements and book a viewing (Please check your junk mailbox as often our 1st email we send goes into here). We try to call potential adopters back within a week, but as we only have a small team who deal with applications this process may take a little longer if we are experiencing a high volume of applications.

If we call, email or text and you do not get back to us within 1 week we will close your application. Unfortunately this does happen regularly and takes up large amounts of time for our staff. We are unable to continuously try to contact people who do not return our calls/emails.

4) Book a viewing to meet the dog(s) you have been matched with who appear most ideal to your lifestyle, bring photo and address ID so we can verify who you are.

5) Pay a reservation fee of £75.00 which secures your chosen dog whilst you get to know them. This holds your dog pending checks. Once reserved the dog will no longer be shown to other prospective adopters. You also receive important information and advice on what you need to do ready for bringing home a new rescue dog.

6) Take your chosen dog out for a walk, out for the day to your home, and get to know them in every way possible over the next week. You will need to arrange a hometrial to spend time with your new dog on no less than 5 days out of 7.

7) A homecheck will be carried out by one of our staff. Home checks over 15 miles from Oakwood require fuel costs to be covered by the adopter (45p/mile).

8) If everything goes well, complete the adoption process with signing the contract, paying the remaining adoption fee and take your new family member home!

If you like the sound of our process then please complete our Adoption Application Form. Remember you can't choose a dog from a picture. You need to meet the dog and get to know them, see how they fit into your home, family and life. That way when you do sign the adoption contract you know it will be forever.

1) Complete and send our Adoption Application Form - please only submit this if you are wanting to adopt a dog immediately. If you want to adopt in future please complete the form a minimum of 4 weeks before you want to adopt. We cannot hold applications for people who want to adopt in the future. If you simply have an enquiry, please use the contact form.

2) You will attach photos of your garden to the application form. They must show the full boundary fence/hedge on all sides which must be solid, 6ft tall and have a 6ft tall padlocked gate. For fences/gates which are slightly too short, trellis can be added to the top to increase the height and keep costs down. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications until the fencing is 6ft in height so please make any amendments to your garden fencing before you apply.

3) Receive a call back or email from one of the team to discuss your application and requirements (Please check your junk mailbox as often our 1st email we send goes into here). We try to call potential adopters back within a week, but as we only have a small team who deal with applications this process may take a little longer if we are experiencing a high volume of applications.

If we call, email or text and you do not get back to us within 1 week we will close your application. Unfortunately this does happen regularly and takes up large amounts of time for our staff. We are unable to continuously try to contact people who do not return our calls/emails.

4) If you live outside of the local area, then we will need to carry out a home check before you come to Hull to view the dogs, this will ensure you don't have a wasted trip if your home check doesn't pass for some reason. We will contact volunteers in your area to conduct the check. If we do not find someone we will ask you to complete a virtual home check and complete the rest of the homecheck forms on the date of your adoption.

5) Once the home check has passed we will then arrange for you to come over to Hull to view your matches. We shall send you a list of items you will need to get in preparation for taking your new friend home, we will also ask you to begin looking at lifetime insurance policies. It is a 2-day viewing, and you should expect to spend a while at the rescue centre each day. Bring photo and address ID so we can verify who you are

5) Meet matches, walk them, spend time with them and begin to bond. You can either choose to put down a £75 non-refundable and non-transferrable reservation fee if you are set on a dog you have met which will secure the dog to you; or if you need time to think you are welcome to spend some more time at the rescue with the dog to help you come to your decision.

6) On day 2 you will need to have leads, collars a car harness ect ready for you to take you dog home. We will need to see proof of insurance before you sign the adoption paperwork. You then pay the remainder of your adoption fee and can take the dog home.

We will expect all of our out of  area applicants to seek training from a local behaviourist to help with settling the dog in to the home. Please search your area for positive reinforcement dog trainers.

We ask all of our applicants and any guests 16 years+ that accompany them to the viewing to bring photo and address ID. If you do not bring this to your viewing we will not be able to proceed.

For examples of ID, click here

Adoption requirements

These must be read before applying.

Adoption application form

Before completing this form, please make sure you have read and agreed to our Adoption Requirements.

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