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 FHT 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
– FHT staff, volunteers engaged to deliver a dog will be easily identifiable with letters of authority and in FHT uniform.
– We will where possible introduce our dog to a potential new owner or foster carers 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.
A note about Reserved Dogs:
Dogs on our website that are highlighted as being ‘Reserved’ have already been successfully matched to and met their new family, and are in the final stages of the homing process.
As always, many thanks for all your support.