Dogs in Distress; Rescue, Foster, Adopt

Adopt a rescue dog or pup


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Caring for a dog or pup is hugely rewarding, it is also a big responsibility. Responsible dog ownership involves a considerable time commitment as well as a financial one. If you would like to adopt a rescue dog or puppy you should carefully consider if you are in position to offer a dog everything that he requires for a long, happy and healthy life in your care.

Photo - Elliot rescued from the pound by Dogs in Distress
Elliot was rescued from the pound by Dogs in Distress

Deciding to adopt a rescue dog

If you would like to adopt a rescue dog or pup from Dogs in Distress you should first read through this section of our website, starting at Should you adopt? This will help you to decide if your personal circumstances are suited to caring for a dog.  You can also access information in this section on choosing a dog and taking him home, health and wellbeing and training. Before approaching Dogs in Distress to adopt a rescue dog you should be 100% certain that you are ready, willing and able to adequately provide for a dog’s care.

If you love dogs, but are not in a position to adopt one, you might be interested in volunteering for Dogs in Distress. Many of our volunteers do not have their own dog, but get great satisfaction from volunteering for us to help dogs in need.

The adoption process

The Dogs in Distress adoption process has a number of stages outlined below;

  1. Adoption application form
    The Adoption Application Form is completed by the prospective adopter. In this form the applicant may provide details of the dog or dogs that s/he is interested in adopting. All of the Dogs in Distress rescue dogs currently looking for a home can be viewed in our forum, under Dogs and Pups available for Adoption.
  2. Home visit
    A Dogs in Distress volunteer visits the home of the applicant to discuss the adoption application and answer any questions s/he might have. The volunteer will ask to see where the dog will sleep and also ask to see that your back garden / yard is secure. The volunteer will complete a Home Visit Form during the visit.
  3. Assessment
    The volunteer submits the completed Home Visit Form to the Dogs in Distress adoption panel. A volunteer will contact you to let you know if the application has been successful.
  4. Matching dogs with adopters
    Dogs in foster care may have more than one offer of a home. The adoption panel consider all offers for each dog. They match each dog with the person / family who they feel is most suitable.
  5. Reserving a dog
    Once the applicant is matched with a dog s/he has the opportunity to meet the dog in the foster home. At this stage Dogs in Distress asks potential adopters to take at least 24 hours to before making a final decision. If the applicant decides to adopt the dog the word *RESERVED* appears beside the dog's thread on the forum.  If the applicant decides not to adopt that particular dog s/he may continue to express interest in other dogs in foster care until a suitable match is made.
  6. Adoption agreement
    Once a match is made the adopter must sign the Adoption Agreement Form.  A minimum donation of €150 is required which goes towards the dog's vet bills and fostering costs. All dogs are vaccinated, wormed, micro-chipped and neutered /spayed in advance of the adoption. (Neutering can not be carried out on pups of under six months of age.  Where a young pup of under six months is adopted, DID organises the vet appointment for the operation when the pup reaches six months of age. The adopter is required to make a contribution of €50 towards the cost of the operation to the vet when the time comes.)
  7. Happy endings
    When a dog is homed his “thread” or listing is moved to Happy Endings in the forum. We encourage adopters to stay in touch by posting news, pictures and videos of their dog or puppy in his new home.

Before you begin the rescue process please think carefully. Visit Should you adopt? to ensure that adopting a rescue dog or pup is the right thing to do.