Rescue Pets and Advice
If you are considering adopting one of these dogs, please read the notes at the bottom.
“With the BBC documentary team revealing that one in three dogs bought in the UK are from puppy farms, it is more important than ever for more people to take on rescue to stop the trade in puppies.
Reputable rescue organisations will ensure that dogs are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before going home and will ensure that we help you to understand the huge commitment that you are about to take on. In the best interest of the dog and your family we try to ensure that you have taken your time to consider fully the impact that your new dog with have on your life and to ensure that you are able to provide for it’s needs including health, training and financial support.
Research, talk with each other and try to view it practically and not just emotionally, then you can step forward into dog ownership with commitment and energy knowing that together you can make the relationship work. “
Here are some of the rescue dogs we have on site. Please also view more of them on the RSPCA Westmorland (http://www.rspca-westmorland.org.uk ).
Locally there are also other rescue organisations including Animal Rescue Cumbria (http://www.animalrescuecumbria.co.uk). If you are keen on a particular breed you can also check breed rescue. (http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findarescue/Default.aspx )
Perhaps you would like an older dog. If so visit the oldies website http://www.oldies.org.uk/
Harry 12m Crossbreed
Harry came to us as an unclaimed stray. He really enjoys playing in the play area and responds well to treats and affection. He has played with and been walked with other dogs and has responded very well. He is young and has lots of energy and would benefit from some training. He pulls on the lead, but is improving daily.
Guinness Approx 4yrs; SPECIAL APPEAL
Guinness needs a special someone. He is an amazing dog, but needs an experienced owner with time to help him. He has been waiting a long time for his new home. He came in as a stray with significant wounds to his face, which have now healed. We believe he is ex-hunting and that is demonstrated in his keen attention to rabbits etc on walks. He is being walked on a figure of 8 lead as he can be quite strong (particularly when he spots a small furry). He is devoted to people and will turn and watch you as he walks, looking for instruction and attention. On the figure of 8 he walks well and will happily walk with other dogs. We are, however, recommending a home without another dog at this point. He can be possessive over toys and will be aggressive towards another dog wanting them off him. We believe that this is his strong hunting instinct redirected on to toys. We are working with some behavioural techniques to make toys less important to him. For this reason, we are also recommending a home without small children. He is loyal and affectionate and keen to please and follow instructions. He has an amazing mind. We have found he is happy to be left for short periods of time and would love walks. He has a congenital defect in one of his bones, which means he may limp when over exerted, which requires no medication at the moment, but may in the future. Poor Guinness has lots of things that limit his re-homing potential, but we feel that there is someone out there who could be blessed by the love he is keen to give.
If you are interested in one of our rescues, you, your family and any other dogs you have should come and meet the rescue. If this is successful, then you may reserve the dog. At this point, we stop showing the dog to anyone else and organise a home visit. After a successful home visit, you may come and collect the dog.
Our policy is to ensure all dogs go home vaccinated, microchipped and neutered. All dogs have a home visit prior to leaving us and a follow up check approx. 6 weeks after rehoming. Where vaccination or neutering is not possible prior to leaving, we will follow up to ensure this happens as quickly as possible after re-homing. We ask for £150 towards our costs.
We ask when taking on any dog you anticipate the time required to build the relationship and support it’s training needs whilst it learns what is expected of it. It is normal to expect to have some level of housetraining and behavioural work with all animals, especially puppies. For this reason, we will not rehome to a family where the dog is left for long periods at home without company. If you are renting, we will need to see proof that your landlord has given you permission for that pet. If you share a house, we need commitment from all members of the household towards the animals future. The person who’s name appears on the adoption paperwork will be legally responsible for the animal and anything arising from that ownership and therefore must be over 18 and must be aware of the their legal responsibilities. See our page on responsible dog ownership.