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Old 23.06.2020, 13:23
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Adopting a Dog from someone leaving the country?

Hi, We're a family with two kids under 10 who are looking to adopt a dog and I was hoping to get some advice.

I'm wondering if there is a way, or if someone can share a link for a website that connects people who are looking to rehome rather than abandon their dog with people who are looking to adopt?

Having thought we weren't allowed to have any pets, we've recently found out that we are allowed a small dog! Hurrah! We're quite open, but are thinking of getting a small dog like a Havanese as we live in an apartment but can walk it a lot, we need a friendly dog that is good with (friendly!) kids, and would want a small dog that could easily squeeze in with the team when we go camping.

We would like to adopt a 1 or 2 year old happy, house trained, dog from a family who is leaving the country. Which seems like a good idea as I read 5 out of 7 dogs and one rescue centre were abandoned by expats leaving the country.

There has to be a step before abandonment? Where people know they're going to move and have the option to rehome their pets before they leave?

People always say that if you are getting a pedigree puppy you should visit the house several times and meet both the parents.

We're happy with a small mixed breed dog, but would like to apply similar principles to adopting a dog.

We would like to to go to the home where the dog currently lives. Meet the owners and dog in a comfortable familiar environment and get to know the dog before it moves in with us. Also to understand the temperament of the family and kids it lives with now and learn about the training and vaccinations it has already had and rules it is currently expected to follow.

All the websites I have found seem to be dogs already abandoned, not loving families who are looking for a new home for a dog they can't relocate with.

I understand that there are lots of rescue dogs in need and think that people who home rescue dogs are wonderful. We don't want to rehome a dog though if we don't know it's background. Our kids are still fairly young, and my family has taken 2 dogs in the past who have had to be rehomed with older couples for dangerous behaviour. So it's a risk we're not prapared to take at this stage in our life. It's something we would look to consider for our next dog when the kids are much older or have left home.

Any help of advice would be appreciated!
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