Adopting a hound during national lockdown, effective from 5th Jan 2021
We are still able to home dogs that have been assessed and matched to the most suitable homes based on the following:
– All dog must be delivered to the new home by a member of Forever Hounds Trust who will have PPE and using strict social distancing measures
– We will prioritise local rehoming opportunities to avoid long journeys where possible
– If the most suitable home offer is outside of the region where the dog is located, we can in some cases transfer the dog to the nearest region located to the home, providing it is within the welfare interests of the dog
– Forever Hounds Trust staff and volunteers engaged to deliver a dog will be easily identifiable with letters of authority and in Forever Hounds Trust uniform.
– We will where possible introduce our dog to a potential new owner or foster carer using video calling facilities or equivalent.
We will plan ahead with the new owner or foster carer to:
- Agree how to carry out the delivery safely.
- Book the appointment date and time.
- Deliver the dog in a secure way and which allows for the new owner to meet the dog whilst maintaining at least a two-metre distance between staff and the new owner/s.
- Minimise any time spent in the owner’s premises and handovers will take place in a secure outdoor environment.
- New owners need to have purchased everything they will need in terms of equipment for the animal and a reasonable supply of food and bedding (e.g. to cover a period of at least 14 days if they need to isolate themselves) before they get an animal.
- Where there is a resident dog and we need to have more than one meeting and interaction assessment this will have to be deferred until the current restrictions are lifted. This is to ensure that safe handling and mixing can take place.
- In the event of an unsuccessful rehoming or foster the dog will need to be collected and returned to the rescue centre, in accordance with our planned collection and intake procedure.
We regret that we currently are unable to check any of our dogs for their ability to live with a cat, and so for the time being are unable to accept any home offers with resident cats or other small, furry creatures.
Please note we will continue to accept urgent Forever Hounds Trust dog returns where there is a safety or welfare concern.
25 years of Forever Hounds Trust
2021 is a special year for us as we celebrate quarter of a century of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming hounds!
While things are a little different at the moment due to COVID restrictions, we are still helping as many dogs as we can.
Can you offer a hound a home in 2021?
Our own centre – kennel purchase update!
The Trustees of Forever Hounds Trust are delighted to be able to tell you that we now own our own kennels!
The purchase of the kennel facility in Cullompton, Devon was completed on the 18th November. We have temporary staff and volunteers on site for the short term, but the aim is to have live in staff and dogs in the centre from December.
This is such exciting news, and marks a huge step forward for our charity – and what a way to begin our 25th year! Working alongside our other regions of operation, this will realise our vision of creating a centre of excellence for greyhound and lurcher welfare.
The kennels will be named the ‘Centre for Homing and Welfare’.
As you can imagine, there is a huge amount of work to be done – some urgent and immediate, some taking rather longer to get the Centre where we need it to be. So watch this space for future updates!
Reasons why we love this dog…
She's eager to learn
She's super playful
She's full of energy
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