PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW!
BEFORE YOU APPLY……
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN ADOPTING ANY SIGHTHOUND
All dogs bark, they also whine and they can even howl – this is one of their methods of communicating. It’s not all just waggy tails. If you don’t want a dog that barks, or rather, communicates with you, then it’s simple, don’t get one.
Hounds come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and coats. Some are short haired, some long haired, some have feathered ears and tails. Some are young, some are old. Please consider temperament as the most important element of choosing a hound that is right for you and you right for them.
Dogs are social beings, so if you intend to leave your dog more than 4 hours a day, then consider whether you actually have time to own a dog.
Dogs cost money.
Dogs are just as susceptible as humans to experiencing problems at any stage in their lives, be it physically or mentally. Ask yourself if you are really committed. If you are not in it for the long haul; to nurture them, accept them, love them unconditionally and help them through any challenges that might arise, then do not get a dog.
Please ensure all your family members are on board for adopting.
All dogs need time to adjust so even if they are clean in their foster home, until they get used to their routine with you, do not expect them to be clean straight away. They will have experienced several changes, periods of unsettlement and stress. GIVE THEM TIME AND PATIENCE. DO NOT PLACE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ON THEM.
Each type of sighthound will have their unique character and charm but there are some typical traits with each -the saluki can often be aloof, the greyhound usually the more placid, as for lurchers, it really does depend on the mix! But with any sighthound, you should always expect prey drive, countersurfing, and something very very special.
VERY VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are looking for an off lead dog, then please consider whether a sighthound is the right breed for you. Yes, recall can be trained but please do not expect it. Please read on……
Sighthounds are called sighthounds for a reason – they have been bred for thousands of years to detect movement, chase, capture, and kill prey primarily by speed. A lot of our dogs have been used for coursing so please be both realistic and sensible in your expectations. Sighthounds are notorious for chasing things that move – this doesn’t just apply to rabbits but cats, foxes, rats, SQUIRRELS, birds, and deer – it’s all fair game to them. Yes, other breeds have prey drive too, but none can travel anywhere near the same pace as a sighthound – they move at the speed of light and can cover an expanse of land in a very short space of time. WE WILL NOT HOME TO ANYONE THAT WANTS AN OFF LEAD DOG.
BEFORE YOU FILL IN AN ADOPTION APPLICATION PLEASE READ THE DOGS REQUIREMENTS AND IF THEY DON’T MATCH PLEASE DON’T APPLY FOR THAT SPECIFIC DOG .
Please Read Carefully Before Applying To Adopt A Lurcher SOS Sighthound.
- To be considered to adopt one of our hounds, your garden must be fully secure, fenced to 6 feet or more in height and totally escape-proof. All gates must also be 6 feet in height and secured. Please do not apply if either your fencing and/or gate is less than 6 feet high unless you are fully prepared to raise it/them to 6 feet or more. The only exception to this is with old or infirm dogs and very young puppies, where we will accept 5 feet high fences and gates. We do home to applicants with no garden – however we do not home to applicants with communal gardens or shared gardens.
- All potential homes will be subject to a home check.
- We do not home our dogs to families with children under the age of 16 years.
- We cannot give any assurance that any Lurcher SOS dog will have recall and, therefore, be able to be off lead. No Lurcher SOS dog has been tested off lead due to insurance constraints.
- We do ask that you are prepared to travel to meet the dog of your choice in their foster home with any existing dogs. The dog of your choice MUST meet with ALL your dogs prior to adoption to see if they get along. We cannot transport dogs to you. And we cannot meet you half way. You must be committed enough to travel with all your existing dogs to where the dog of your choice is fostered.
- All your current dogs must be fully vaccinated and vaccination certificates will need to be produced at your home check.
- Any dog adopted from Lurcher SOS must also be insured within 5 days of adoption.
- We do not home any of our dogs to working (hunting) homes.
- We do not home our dogs to applicants with electric fences.
- We do not home our dogs to applicants who are inexperienced with sighthounds. You must be familiar with sighthounds and all their behaviours.
- Our dogs will only be placed in homes where they will live inside as part of the family. We will not home where dogs are to be kennelled outside.
- All our dogs are vet checked, neutered if possible (or in some cases, adopters will be asked to sign a Neutering Agreement), vaccinated and microchipped, flea treated and wormed before going to their new home. We ask for a minimum adoption donation of £240 for adult dogs and £260 for puppies, which helps towards, but doesn’t cover, these costs.
- Once you have adopted a Lurcher SOS rescue hound, you are not on your own. We are only a phone call away to help with any questions you may have about your new dog.
- You do not have to live in Southern England to adopt a Lurcher SOS dog. We have homed dogs in Lincolnshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Wales, Scotland, Nottinghamshire and many other counties. BUT you will be expected to travel to meet the dog in its foster home. See No. 4 above.
- Do Not Apply if you are not prepared to work through any issues that a rescue sighthound may have.
- Do Not Apply if you have a dog flap or dog door.
About The Home Check
Once we have received your application form you will be contacted by one of our volunteer team members to discuss your application in more detail and make sure you understand the responsibility of adoption. Once that has been successfully passed, a Homecheck Coordinator will arrange for one of our Homecheckers to call you to arrange a suitable time for a homecheck. Homechecks allows us to meet you face to face, to make sure our dogs are going to be safe and to fully understand the environment and what kind of household you live in. These homechecks help us to understand what dog would be suitable for you and help in matching up dogs to their new families. It’s important that all members of the family are there for the homecheck.
A home check is nothing to worry about. It will be arranged at a time convenient to you and the home checker. Your home checker will ask you questions about your circumstances and experience with sighthounds; some of this may feel repetitive but it is essential. They will ask you to show them where the dog will be living and will also ask to see the garden. The home checker will check your fences and will see if your garden is safe. The home checker will talk to you about feeding and caring for your dog and they will discuss some health conditions. We don’t expect you to make any special effort for your home check. We want to see you as you normally are.
If you have never owned a sighthound before, try and do some research before the homecheck.
Also, and this is most important, before you have your home check, please make sure that your garden is safe and your fencing is secure and at least 6 feet in height with no holes or gaps.
The home checker will then send all the paperwork back to us and we will review it. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have passed or not. We may not have a suitable dog for you at the time of your home check, so please keep an eye on our website for lots more information of dogs coming into our care. You do not need to apply again. When you adopt from us there will be an adoption donation to pay, and you will be asked to sign an Adoption Contract and, in some cases, a Neutering Agreement.
If you would like to enquire about adopting one of our Lurchers or Sighthounds, please complete the Adoption Application below.
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All adopters must sign an Adoption Contract and agree the Terms and Conditions of adoption.
The Adopter must insure the dog/bitch within 5 days of adoption.
Lurcher SOS asks for a minimum Adoption Donation of £240 for dogs and £260 for puppies. This donation helps us in our ever ongoing rescue, rehabilitation and homing of lurchers, greyhounds and other sighthounds in need.
All Adoption Donations are non refundable and are a Donation and not a Purchase of said dog/bitch.
All un-neutered dogs/bitches will be subject to the Adopter signing a Neutering Agreement.
A copy of this Agreement must be returned to Lurcher SOS, signed by your veterinary surgeon or practice, once your dog is neutered.