We are committed to finding our cats and dogs a suitable and permanent home. We want both the family and the pet to be happy and get along very well.
In order to achieve this, we have developed over the years a process that we follow to ensure a smooth transition for both the pets and their new families.
Adopting a dog or puppy
- FIRST CONTACT: On your first contact with us, our staff will offer advice on which dog suits your family and encourage you to visit and spend time with your chosen dog before making a commitment. In the shelter there can be lots of distractions for a dog, so allowing the dog to calm down and know you a bit will help them show you their personality so much more than from inside the kennel.
- DECISION: Once you have made a decision that you wish to adopt one of our dogs, you will be asked to fill in a Home Finder form which reserves the dog in your name. A 30 euro deposit is required at this stage. The form will highlight a few questions that you might need to consider before making the commitment and it’s meant to raise any questions you might not have thought of yet.
- PREPARATION: We will bring the dog off site to our vet where the dog will have a basic health check and be neutered/spayed if needed. The dog will also be microchipped and treated for any parasites. If the puppy is not ready to be neutered yet, we will give you a free neutering voucher which can be used when the puppy reaches 5/6 months of age. Contact numbers of the veterinary clinics are written on the voucher and you will need to contact the clinic directly and makes arrangements with them to have the puppy neutered.
- HOME VISIT: One of our voluntary Home Checkers will give you a call and arrange to visit your home. It is very important to have a secure area where the dog can not stray from and that everyone in the home is in agreement to taking on the new family member.
- COLLECTION: Once your home is checked and the dog has recovered from the neutering operation, we will contact you to arrange collection. On the collection day, we ask that you bring with you some photo ID and a utility bill. This is required under the microchipping of dogs act. A dog license is also required. This can be purchased online or at any post office (Read more about purchasing a dog license). There is also a small shop on site where you can purchase the basic pet accessories like dog lead, collar, bed, and food bowls.
- ADOPTION DONATION: The remaining adoption donation of 140 euro is required before collection. This is to help us cover the costs involved in the neutering, vaccinations and microchipping and help us continue in our work and save more animals.
- PET PAPERWORK: We will give you an envelope containing full records of your dog’s vaccination, microchip details and some helpful tips on what to expect with your new arrival.
- Please note that the adoption process can take up to 10 days if the dog needs to recover from neutering/spaying surgery.