We took the unusual step several years ago of agreeing to let our kennelled dogs accompany volunteers on Day Trips or go home with them for Weekend Fostering. Many people thought this would be unsettling for rescue dogs, but our dogs enjoyed their breaks from kennel life, loved their trips, and were photographed sofa surfing, lounging in the sun, and in back gardens, showing just how fantastic they can be in a real home. It is difficult returning them back to their kennels, but we do so always with the thought in our minds... 'until the next time, and here's wishing your home comes soon.'
If you would like to offer one of our dogs time out of their kennel for a day, we welcome this from inducted dog walkers, fosterers, or families who have already homed a Rescue Remedies dog.
You can specify a dog, but we may discuss another dog we feel is more appropriate or most needy, so please be open for discussion on this.
xxlynne will discuss this with the appropriate Kennel Coordinator Volunteer and kennel staff, and she or they will come back to you to firm up details and log the planned event within our records. We will link in with the kennel owners, and you will be given a stringent time frame in which to return the dog, so as not to adversely affect the kennel owners and their routines. Please inform kennel staff on arrival and remind them when you will return. Please, treat all kennel staff with the upmost respect.
We are not adverse to impromptu events, providing a speedy version of the above is followed. For example, a volunteer dog walker asking whether it's okay for them to take the dog out for the rest of the afternoon and bring them back the next day, or before the kennels close.
In each case, this must be sanctioned by xxlynne, reported and recorded by the kennel owners, and the mobile number of the Kennel Coordinator sanctioning it, and the person(s) taking the dog as a point of reference contact should you fail to return the dog.
On all these occasions it is imperative that our dogs be kept on a harness attached to a lead, and be wearing our collar and disc. Under NO circumstances must a dog be off-lead, as this will invalidate our insurance cover should an incident occur, and you will be held liable personally, not us. Our insurance does not cover damage to home or car, and we will not cover this either, so you must take care and be responsible.
Generally weekend fostering should be proceeded with the same degree of clear communications adhered to above, but also by completion of an online fostering form. You must follow fostering procedure, and we may choose to carry out a home check.
If a visit to your own home premises or friends/relatives premises occurs during a day out as above, to premises not vetted by ourselves, we ask that this is done only with a clear understanding that those premises are assessed as completely secure, and any other pets are prepared by the person in charge of our dog, or are ideally absent. For example, our worse case scenario is a terrier let loose in an insecure garden, or a dog visiting other pets in their home who has not been properly assessed, and a fight ensues. It is the responsibility of the person in charge of our dog to assure our dog's safety at all times.
We are in the service of building our dogs' confidence and skills. Trips beyond the kennel walls can serve our dogs greatly. However, they need to be carefully guided and we need assurance that they will at all costs avoid our dogs being challenged beyond their skills range, and put in difficult situations. Anyone taking a dog must give assurance of the above, without exception.
PLEASE use the dog's time out of kennels to take pictures of it in interesting, relaxed settings to post on their thread!
Would you like to Volunteer Foster for us? The process is explained here and includes a link to our Fostering Questionnaire. We need Volunteer Dog Walkers too! Find more details here!
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