Frequently Asked Questions
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 our animal welfare laws do offer some protection how animals are treated in shelters and euthanased.
Many of the dogs we are asked to support come without a full history. They can 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.
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.