All the dogs are currently in Romania - we will only bring them to the UK as and when we find a suitable forever home. Please note that we currently only rehome within Scotland.
Before applying, please ensure that all household members are in agreement to adopt. For anyone who rents their home should have in place either written confirmation from their landlord or housing association to confirm they are permitted to have the correct number of pets within the home, or already have this stated within their lease. The rescue may ask for this to be emailed prior to a homecheck or for this to be viewed at the time of a homecheck. We regret that we are not able to proceed with a homecheck without first having permissions in place.
For each applicant we will go through a thorough adoption application questionnaire with you making sure that we have all the necessary initial information we need to proceed and start our process. We are a rescue who looks at best suitability, which means that our end of process may match you to another dog, which may not be the dog you initially inquired as sometimes there may be a better suited dog and we want the best possible outcome for you and the adopted dog.
You can expect a call back to your application within 7-10 days usually, however this may take a little longer at peak times when our volunteers are exceptionally busy. Should you be in any doubt as to whether your application has been received you are welcome to send us an email to check and we will reply as soon as we can. Please note we do also usually send an initial reply via email so do keep an eye on your spam folder in case our email goes into this in error. We will usually always plan a call with you in advance, this will also be done via email.
Following on from the call back (which is likely to be in excess of an hour) and when you are happy with our rehoming process and that our process will meet your expectations, we will then organise for a homecheck to take place. The purpose of this home visit is to firstly make sure that your home is going to be suitable for the chosen dog - does it offer enough space for the dog to have its own area if needed, are there already too many pets in the home, is your garden secure and does it offer what the dog needs? All essential questions to be answered that one of our volunteers will assess on our behalf and pass back. The homechecker is likely not to be the coordinator dealing with your application, therefore please do not expect a decision on if your application is successful at this stage, this will come via the coordinator in a call back within a few days of the homecheck once the information is returned. There may be recommendations for improvements either within the home or garden, such as a safety gate to be fitted at the top or bottom of the stairs, fire guard to be installed, especially for any puppies, gate height to be increased, and in the case of any escape holes or spaces, these must be blocked up. We encourage you to prepare your home and garden for a homecheck looking at any potential risks.
Once a homecheck is completed and returned, you will receive a call to discuss further. You may have questions from the homecheck this is the time to ask these. It is at this stage you will be formally offered a dog for adoption. In order to reserve that dog (meaning we will no longer deal with any other enquiries, and the dogs profile removed accordingly) we will ask for a non refundable deposit of at least £200 to be paid to us by bank transfer within 24 hours of this call. The balance of the Transport Donation of £395 (as at October 2021) will be required to be paid within 7 days from then or as advised by the coordinator if the transport is sooner than 7 days. Please note our transport donation may be subject to change at any time due to increased transport and customs costs, which will be required to be covered in full by an adopter. The transport donation covers the transport costs from Constanta to England, and a contribution to the costs from England to Scotland. The transport donation also contributes towards the customs export/import charges and towards the preparation and passport costs for each dog.
"Although we knew we wanted a rescue dog, we did not set out to adopt a Romanian one. From my first contact with ARC I felt confident that they knew what they were doing and had the dogs’ best interests at heart at all times."
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