The dogs & cats in our care are with us because they have been found abandoned/dumped on the streets or in remote areas. We try to locate the owners by informing the relevant authorities and posting on our Facebook page. Most of the dogs are well balanced, well adjusted dogs that are with us through no fault of their own and will make excellent pets for first time dog owners. A small number of dogs have issues, which with training and patience can be completely cured or managed by owners who have previous experience with dogs.
As we do not have a shelter the dogs are in foster homes mainly but we do have to use paid kennels if we can not find a foster home. Home Visits are carried out before any dog is adopted.
We make every effort to ensure that all our dogs go to caring homes that are suited to their individual needs and temperaments. We home dogs as family pets and never home dogs to guard premises or for breeding.
We get many calls from people who like the idea of giving a home to a rescue dog but may not have given much thought about the practicalities of keeping a dog. Below is a checklist of some of the things that we are looking for when we rehome a dog. Please make sure you fulfill the following requirements before you contact us.
If you fulfill the above requirements and wish to proceed please complete this short application form http://www.hart.ie/application-form/also have a look on our Facebook Page or adoptapet.ie at the dogs and puppies needing homes. Viewing the dogs at our foster homes is by appointment. An appointment can be made either by phone 089-4341024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email, please give some information in relation to how you satisfy the above requirements, also state a day and preferred time you would like to visit.
If you already have a dog we suggest that you bring your dog when you visit to give you the opportunity to walk your dog with any new dog you may choose and see how they get on together.
If you are going on holiday or moving home in the near future please contact us after the event not before as we are unable to reserve a dog for more than a few days.
If you decide to take one of our rescue dogs we will do a home check to ensure your home is suitable for the dog you have chosen.
Before you take a dog home you will be required to read our terms and conditions of adopting a dog and sign a contract agreeing to them. A copy of the contract will be given to you.
All our adult dogs are wormed, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered before leaving the rescue and puppies are wormed, microchipped and vaccinated. If you take a puppy, the contract you sign states that you agree to have the puppy neutered when he/she is 6 months old.
We ask for a minimum adoption donation of €125 for a neutered adult dog and €75 for a puppy. The donation goes towards the cost of vaccinating, micro chipping and neutering a dog over 6 months and a puppy will be fully vaccinated by our vets and micro-chipped. The actual cost of neutering a female dog is €140 and a male dog €100. Vaccinating costs are €35 per vaccine. Re-homing donations are very important for us to be able to prepare dogs to be homed.
By law once you have a dog it is required to be licensed. The license can be obtained for €20.00 from any post office. Since 31st March 2016 it is a legal requirement for all dogs over 3 months to be micro-chipped and owner to have a valid certificate for the dog.
We offer a 2 week trial which gives time for everyone to settle and get used to each other, we do sign the adoption forms and collect the adoption fee but the fee is refundable if within the 2 weeks the dog has to come back. Please remember dogs can take a little while to settle into their new surroundings, some will settle in within a couple of days, others may take a few weeks to adjust. Our adoptees must also come back to us if for any reason in months/years to come the animal can not be kept by the family, our animals must not be given away or sold. We are always available by phone or email for any help or advice you may need.