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Hello Upbeat, have you tried contacting the ASA in Nyon which was formed a few years ago. The Association takes care of dogs who have lost their owners, and need re-homing, or may be an owner has been hospitalised, and the Association will take care of the dog during the owner's absence.


www.asajfk.ch
info@asajfk.ch
079/126 94 84


You will find English-speaking people there.
Good luck in your search
Thank you Merrylegs - I will definitely check out the ASA - strangely their site hasn't ever shown up in my Google search and I keep getting directed to the SPA. That they have English speaking staff is a big help - although I am able to get to "Avez-vous un jeune chien male" I have to throw my hands up once the details start coming at me!
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what if I don't measure up?
Don't worry about the process, just be yourself.

It's not a question of measuring up, rather the interview is how you, the shelter staff, and most importantly the dog all decide that you are right for each other.

My assessment interviews, with several shelters in Switzerand and abroad, have been fairly casual. That is, more or less friendly chatting as we meet, play with, and walk the dog. Obviously as a volunteer I direct this 'chat' to learn about the family, and as a potential adopter I direct this 'chat' to learn about the dog, to learn whether the shelter and I are on the same page wrt dog concerns. It's a two-way street.

Each shelter will work to it's own guidelines, what one does might be quite the opposite of another.

I find it best to start with an e-mail introducing myself, a brief description of my home and family, a bit about my 'canine background', and then point out how I meet each of the criteria in the dossier, or where I don't but still think I would be the right home for the dog, propose an alternative to meet his needs. Then I ask whatever questions are pertinent to my needs, and propose an in-person meeting.

Keep it short, light, friendly, sincere - and concentrate on what you can offer the dog.

Then follow through with a phone call to set up a meeting.

I've been told that the letter made my application stand out - and from the other side wearing my volunteer hat, I very much appreciate adopters taking the time to do so.

I also use the letter to set a good first impression where my faulty German might not quite do the trick.

You've already done the SKN course, which shows that you are taking your responsibilities seriously and puts you in a good light. It sounds like you have really thought this through, another thing shelters tend to like to hear.

Really - as above, an open heart goes a long way. You'll do fine - and one very lucky pup is likely out there, waiting for you.
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Upbeat, have you tried the SPA in Geneva?
Hi Patsycat - I did contact the SPA in Geneva and they've asked me to come to their Open House on Sept 4. Their website shows some potential candidates but they said some of the dogs may already have been rehomed and the pictures are not always changed soon enough so it's best that I drop by and meet them personally. Thank you for the suggestion - I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
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Old 01.09.2016, 21:47
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Re: Looking to rescue one or two dogs

SGPA is also open each Wed, Thu and Sat between 2 and 5pm for adoptions.

They also have three times a week where you can turn up (with ID) and take a dog for a walk. My little girl does this every Sunday.

It's the closest she's coming to getting a dog anytime soon.

They update their website frequently. It's rarely more than a few days out.
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SGPA is also open each Wed, Thu and Sat between 2 and 5pm for adoptions.

They also have three times a week where you can turn up (with ID) and take a dog for a walk. My little girl does this every Sunday.

It's the closest she's coming to getting a dog anytime soon.

They update their website frequently. It's rarely more than a few days out.
Thanks for the useful info HIAO. I think having your little girl walk a dog is a great introduction to the responsibility that comes with owning a pet - and I'm hopeful she will soon get to experience the joy of having one of her own at home
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My husband and I are looking to rescue one or two dogs. We live in a house and have a large garden. We have rescued (in the uk) before but sadly our faithful companion died last year.

Has anyone got some recent experience in rescuing/rehoming dogs in Switzerland that might help us give a forever home to one or two pooches.
Good luck and well done. Rescuing dogs is the way forward. Very best regards. Steve
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Hello, I just saw a post today from Oasis des Veterans in Vaulruz (Fribourg) about a pair of beautiful Airdale Terriers (Tino & Dina age 7 & 9) looking for a home together due to the death of their owner. If you are on Facebook check them out, give me a PM if you cannot find details. Best of luck
I dont want to give up on finding these two amazing airedales a home as they are still at the shelter so just reposting this in case anyone is interestsd. Myself and my partner are completely in love with these dogs but are not in a position to adopt them currently. We have spent so much time with them so can provide a lot of information about their characters. We also had them to stay for a weekend and they were so well behaved. It breaks my heart as all they want is to be around people and be loved so if anyone knows someone looking to re-home a couple of dogs please spread the word.
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I dont want to give up on finding these two amazing airedales a home as they are still at the shelter so just reposting this in case anyone is interestsd. Myself and my partner are completely in love with these dogs but are not in a position to adopt them currently. We have spent so much time with them so can provide a lot of information about their characters. We also had them to stay for a weekend and they were so well behaved. It breaks my heart as all they want is to be around people and be loved so if anyone knows someone looking to re-home a couple of dogs please spread the word.
Do you have a photo of both dogs? I am on a few Facebook groups for dog owners in Switzerland and could share it on there if you like.
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Do you have a photo of both dogs? I am on a few Facebook groups for dog owners in Switzerland and could share it on there if you like.
Yes we have many That would be great if you could share it on the facebook page. I will send you a private message with the photos.
Thanks so much!
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Re: Looking to rescue one or two dogs

I can vouch for Airedales as wonderful characters and companions . We have had them for 25 years and are currently on no 5.
If anyone has any questions about them as a breed, send me a message .
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