FAQ

Where are you based?

We work primarily with a kennels in the North West of Lancashire. We do however work closely with rescues across the country.

 

What are Pound Dogs?

Pound dogs are dogs who have found themselves in the dog pound and are unassessed by Homeless Hounds. They are looking for a rescue space or in some cases a foster home. We do not usually rehome these dogs directly although there are exceptions.

 

How do I adopt a dog?

If you are considering adopting one of our beautiful Homeless Hounds dogs, the first step is to fill in an Adoption Application. This tells us a bit about you and what you are looking for in your new family addition.

At Homeless Hounds we like to make the best match possible for both you and the dog, so please don't worry if your first application is not successful. We take extra care as we do not want dogs being returned as unsuitable as this is stressful for all concerned. At Homeless Hounds we believe that there is the right dog for everyone.

 

Meet and Greet

Should your application be a good match for the dog we would then arrange a 'meet and greet'. This is where you will visit the dog, probably at their foster home, and introduce yourselves to them. It is important that all members of the family who will be living with the dog and any dogs of your own attend the meet and greet. This way you will get an accurate impression of how the dog interacts with you.

After this meeting we will contact both you and the foster carer to gather feedback on how the meeting went. If you are a good match then the next step is a homecheck.

 

Homecheck

Before you are able to adopt one of our dogs you will need a homecheck. This is where somebody assigned by Homeless Hounds will arrange to visit you in your home and check that you have suitable accommodation. We believe that there is a suitable dog for everybody somewhere so we evaluate all home environments equally.

 

Collecting Your Dog

Once you have successfully completed your homecheck you will then be able to arrange to collect your new addition. We will continue to provide ongoing support to you and your new dog once you have taken them home.
You will be giving a dog a new start in life and in return they will give you love and licks.

 

Why do you charge an adoption fee?

When dogs come into the care of Homeless Hounds we have no record of their previous medical history and an extremely high percentage of the dogs are are un-neutered.

The following costs are presuming that the dog has no current medical conditions which require treatment.
 
 
Typical costs for a male dog:    
  Neutering £ 80.00
  Full Vaccinations £ 35.00
  Microchipping £ 20.00
  Flea and Wormer £ 10.00
     
  Total £ 145.00

 

A female neuter is more expensive and depends on the size of the bitch

 
 
When you adopt a dog from Homeless Hounds you have the peace of mind knowing that:
 
1) The dog you have been selected to adopt has been assessed by us and matched to your family and living conditions via a home check.
   
2) The dog will have been vet checked and the above vet treatments will have been carried out*
   
3) Homeless Hounds dogs come with a home trial period where you are able to get to know your dog and see if it is a perfect match.
   
4) All our dogs come with lifetime backup from Homeless Hounds.
   
* Sometimes dogs will be rehomed with a neutering condition in the adoption form. This is followed up by us.
 
 

Sometimes we get a dog who has been chipped and neutered already and is in perfect health. Any money from the adoption fee from these dogs goes to the many other dogs who are not as well, not as 'cute' and instantly adoptable and remain for long periods in emergency boarding.

 

 
 
Homeless Hounds is a non-profit organisation and our trustees are unpaid

 

 
 

 

How are you funded?

Our work is funded entirely by peoples kind donations and our own fundraising events. Our trustees are unpaid and do not receive any expenses, so every penny goes towards saving dogs lives.

If you feel you would like to help then please visit our (Get Involved) page.

 

Do you put dogs to sleep?

Homeless Hounds have a no destruction policy and no dogs in our care will be put to sleep unless recommended by a vet for humane reasons.

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