We start the process with the rescue and help get the house check up and running.
Effective from 01.01.2021, due to Brexit.
Prices will have to rise because of Brexit and the necessity for two new blood tests to ensure we comply with all the new laws coming into place.
PUPPIES and DOGS To adopt. 'Adoption fee' is £400*.
Adopters pay for:
The rescue pays for/covers:
Our costs alone would set you back £825 in the UK (not including food, or anything to walk, feed, entertain and care for the dog with), and costs over 50% of this in Romania.
FOR THIS WE NEED DONATIONS and without our Aunties and Uncles (donors) all these dogs would be dead. You can become an Auntie or Uncle by using the ‘donate' button at the top of the page (laptops and PCs) or by clicking the three lines and scrolling down the options (phones etc.)
*NOTE: For dogs already in the UK before 01/01/2021 available to foster the adoption fee is reduced- £325 but you MUST check their location map and you MUST be in area.
For more on recent and accurate spaying costs check out:https://www.nimblefins.co.uk/how-much-cost-spay-neuter-dog
The dogs now WILL NOT leave for their new homes until they are six months old and neutered (this is a Brexit legal requirement). You are, as an adopter, involved in his every step of the way and get added to the Happy Bus live Skype chat (The Happy Bus is what the dogs travel in to get to their forever homes) while you wait for your house check.
If successful, you stay on the chat to watch your baby come home.
IMPORTANT For the first TWO days the dog must be in ‘DEFRA quarantine’ and NOT be taken for a walk or let off a lead in the garden when going to the toilet. This is a legal requirement and MUST be done by all adopters else the dog has to be removed from the residence.
TYPICAL QUESTIONS WE/THE HOUSE CHECKER WILL ASK YOU:
Are there kids and if so what age?
How long might the dog be left when at work etc?
How high is the fencing/gate round your garden/yard?
Were you looking for a small or medium dog (we do focus on some large)?
Have you ever had a dog before?
Are there any other pet(s) in your home?
IF YOU RENT, do you have proof your landlord allows dogs?
What is decompression and how can I help my new dog through it? THE FIRST TWO WEEKS
The most important phase that dogs go through when getting out of the shelter and when first in their foster or adoptive home is the “Decompression Phase.”
Any change in a dog’s environment or routine will cause some level of stress and it’s our job as their guardian to be patient and guide them through this time; however long it takes.
Decompression is exactly that- unwinding or unfolding after a period of high stimulus (travelling to a new place.) And some dogs do it faster than others so there are no hard and fast rules. Imagine a squeaky toy. Now stand on it.
Then quickly take your foot off. See how long, and how noisily, it goes back to ‘normal’. Multiply that by at least one hundred for a living creature!
Your foster will have helped your new dog through a lot of this, but as all dogs get back into their normal shape at different rates, s/he could be anywhere on that progress when he comes to you.
“People want the dog to fit in and often make the biggest mistakes during this period. They will give the dog too much love, too much training, too much attention...everything that’s too much is TOO MUCH!
After the experience of living at the shelter the best thing a dog can get upon getting out is space. Space that will allow the dog to decompress from the emotional stress that dogs incur at a shelter. During that phase they should NOT be bothered too much, NOT be engaged too much and NOT too much should be expected of them.
Especially for the first few days...allow the dog to SEE what his new life will be without expecting him to Live this LIFE” Robert Cabral- The Decompression Phase- Bound Angels
All dogs need structure/ rules/ boundaries for them to feel safe. They thrive on predictable routines. The greatest form of affection we can show our new dog is to fulfil their needs:
• to eat,
• to have clean water,
• to go the toilet outside,
• need to roam in the house and garden/walk and
• to have a safe cosy/soft/warm area (their den) to rest in.
This can be a basket, igloo, blanket fort, pile of cushions or toys... whatever your dog feels safe with.NOTE we at Lora’s Luck DO NOT CAGE or crate, and use soft baskets with high sides; wet pads for ‘accidents’; and blankets, but if one is needed for a ‘den’ for the dog, then that’s ok provided they are not locked in all day and/or all night; or outside all the time unsupervised. Leave the gate open as much as possible and be close by as much as possible.
Of course you can pet your new dog; you can give her/him treats and a toy to chew. BUT it’s important to keep all of these things to a minimum for at least the first few days.Lora’s Luck when they foster get this process started in the first (up to) two weeks so it is easier as a new owner to continue the same comforting routine so the transition from foster dog to forever dog is as smooth as possible. However, any/all of the following can be used to get your dog used to your forever home. Check with your individual foster which one(s) they’ve used as they tend to use very neutral methods, and not all dogs are ready to be on a lead yet. If he doesn’t like a collar and lead, a slip lead will work as well.
10. approaching with your hands above your waist, always palm down and by your knee.
The goal for these first few days to a week (as the foster will have had them for up to two weeks and eased them through the worst of their nerves and fear) is to help your dog learn the structure/rules/boundaries of your home.
Imagine you just started a new job. You walk through the huge entrance to the building and you’re standing in the lobby trying to figure out which way to go.
You don’t know where your office is. You don’t know where the staff room is. You don’t know where the loo is. And you don’t know any of your co- workers.
This is not going well and you’re already starting to feel worried and anxious.
Now imagine that same new job but as you walk into the building, a co-worker walks up you and calmly says “Hi, welcome to XYZ Enterprise, follow me and I will show you around.” They give you the tour, they give you a welcome packet and they show you to your office.
How much more relaxed and comfortable would you be in the second scenario?
Your co-worker made you feel comfortable by guiding you and giving you information. Not by hugging or showering you with affection.
Or telling you three different and contradictory company policies. That’s exactly the relaxed comfortable feeling you need to create for your new dog. Dogs want to please you but they can’t if they don’t know the rules!
You may get your bearings in hours and feel right at home. It may take a day or two, as you keep forgetting where the toilets are.
Or a bit longer; as you’re worried about getting stuff wrong. You can’t ask for help as you can’t speak English. This is your new dog.
During decompression, they’re worried about all this all the time. So give her/him time but encourage his overtures, and it should all be fine!S/He will hopefully know some command words (ask your foster which one(s)!) that you can use right away, and add your own for your circumstances.
New commands need to be clear and consistent, and can be rewarded with treats (but not every time.)The best of luck with your new dog!