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Frequently asked Questions

Please find the answers to our most asked questions below. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please click the button below or fill in the form at the bottom of any page to ask us directly!

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Why do you rescue dogs from outside the UK when so many dogs need help in the UK?

What is the homecheck process?

Do you have a standard adoption fee?

How can you help rehome my dog?

What do you look for?

Why do so many of your dogs say no children under 14?

How do you know if the dog is good around cats?

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Why do you rescue dogs from outside the UK when so many dogs need help in the UK?

We don’t mind where a dog in need comes from and we pride ourselves on being a charity without borders. As we specialise in St Bernards and large breed dogs which are often crossed with Saints our focus is on their needs. If a dog needs our help in the UK or Romania we will offer our support. By working with many rescue partners within and outside the UK, we hopefully can improve animal welfare across Europe.

The way that animals are treated outside the UK is barbaric and there is often no euthanasia policy with dogs being left in ‘kill shelters’. Whilst there is still animal abuse in the UK, the animal welfare laws do offer some protection how animals are treated in shelters and euthanased.

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What is the homecheck process?

We work with a team of volunteer homecheckers based nationwide and our trustees also do homechecks for other rescues. 

A homecheck request is posted on our own Facebook sites first for 24 hours and if no member is available, we then ask the UK homecheckers service to help.  We contact you as soon as a homechecker offers their help and your details are passed on to make a convenient appointment.  Please be aware that this person is a volunteer and is coming to your home in their own time.  It is important that all members of the household are at home when the check is conducted. 

The homechecker will ask you a series of questions and complete our standard form which is returned to us.  The homechecker does not make the decision on suitability.  We review each application on its own merit and depending on the dog you are interested in our decision may vary. 

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Do you have a standard adoption fee?

We have a scale for adoption fees based on where the dog is as transport costs vary hugely across Europe – Poland is more expensive than Romania for example. Some dogs may require booster vaccinations, some will require a full blood screen, vaccinations, neutering and if outside the UK, an EU passport. We may have had to pay for significant vet care depending on the health of the dog when we rescue. We also often have to pay for fosters outside of the UK to care for our dogs when they are removed from shelters and to help us prepare for their transport.

We recognise that our older dogs could be less attractive so any dog 6 years and above is given a lower adoption fee. To give an older dog a wonderful home when they may never have experienced that is a wonderful priveledge so please don’t overlook them as they give a lot back.

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How do you know if the dog is good around cats?

If we have a full history for the dog, we will let you know if they are suitable around cats. Many of our rescue dogs have been starved, had to fend for themselves on the streets so may view cats as food so we will always cat test when we can.

Unfortunately if our dogs are in kill shelters it is not possible to cat test appropriately so we will always say this is unknown. Many younger dogs can be trained how to be around cats but that depends on whether your cat is dog friendly too.

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What do you look for?

We are interested in people who have a genuine love and commitment to large breeds and are prepared to care for a dog for it’s lifetime. A suitable home which has access to a secure outside area is vital and by that we mean a fence of 6ft with a lockable gate.

Acknowledgement of the costs of keeping a large breed dog which is actually not so much food and regular grooming but is unforeseen expenses such as vet bills. Pet insurance is important and we do recommend it but we don’t force this as sometimes people prefer to keep an amount to one side for an emergency.

A daily walk routine, stimulation for the dog, space to move in the home and outside, awareness of large breed needs and commitment means more to us than say a large, detached home with 2 acres of land. We appreciate that people work or have regular commitments but we ask our dogs are not left alone for more than 4 hours a day on a regular basis.

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Why do so many of your dogs in need say no children under 14?

Many of the dogs we are asked to support come without a full history. They could have been moved from home to home and sometimes owners are not completely honest about the reasons for the rehome.

Some of our dogs from abroad are found on the streets or lelt in kill shelters so we have no knowledge of their past and unfortunately the dog can’t tell us. We work on the basis that if a dog doesn’t have a full history then we don’t rehome with children in the household. If children visit your home rather than live with you, we take that into account but there needs to be appropriate separation of the dog and adult supervision at all times. Things happen, doors get opened, a dog can slip a lead so we ask that our adopters and fosters keep safety in mind.

We support many of our rescue partners by advertising pups which may not be a St Bernard or large breed crosses. Hopefully families will consider one of these beautiful dogs as an alternative as they can grow up with your children safely.

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How can you help me rehome my dog?

Please contact one of our adoption co-ordinators, Rachel or Marina, to discuss the reasons for the rehome and how we can assist you. We may have an emergency foster but this can depend on how many dogs are already in need.

We are able to advertise your dog to all of our members and on our website for a new home. We then conduct a thorough process which includes a homecheck before an adoption is arranged.

You may also speak or visit the adoptive home prior to the adoption going ahead. When an adoption is agreed, you then surrender your dog to us. We ask that you a open and honest about your dog’s history, both physical health and behaviour.

This is important so we can find the right home first time. We charge a fee for this service which is charged to the adopter. As with all of our services, every penny we raise goes back into saving more dogs.