Foster to adopt terms and conditions

You must read the following conditions before applying for one of our dogs. If you do not agree to the terms below, then please do not submit an application to us. 

To offer a foster-to-adopt home to one of our dogs, you must:

  • be 21 or older
  • have back up from a friend or family member if you are over 60 to ensure the dog is looked after if you are unable to do so yourself
  • maintain a secure garden with a fence or wall and a padlocked gate and direct access from the house. The height of the garden boundaries must be at least 5ft but is dependent upon the dog being applied for. Nearly all of our dogs require 5ft boundaries, except possibly those who are very small, elderly or disabled or thos dogs that are very large or climbers.
  • ensure any existing dog(s) are the opposite gender to the dog you are adopting, be at least one year old, neutered and have no behavioural problems
  • have a cat-free home as we are unable to cat-test the dogs in Romania
  • have no other pets, unless the dog will have no access to their enclosures
  • not have children under 13 living at the property or visiting for long periods. 
  • not leave the dog alone in the home for longer than 5 hours or overnight - other arrangements must be made
  • have a homecheck, which checks for the safety and security of the dog once it’s in your home
  • make sure everyone in the home agrees to the fostering and adoption of the dog
  • return the dog to us if things don’t work out (However, this is not a get-out clause as it is not good for the dog to return to a shelter environment and there may not be room available.) We will provide you with continued advice and support for any questions/issues that may arise both during the fostering period and after adoption. 

You must also be willing to -

  • take the dog into your home with no introductions, as they will be handed over directly to you on arrival in the UK. This may be any time during the day or night
  • provide your dog with the level of exercise and stimulation they require every day
  • keep the dog on a suitable lead or harness as advised by IDR. The dog must be walked double-leaded during the foster period
  • give the dog reasonable time to settle in and adjust to their new life, which may take weeks or even months
  • work through any issues that arise with advice and guidance from IDR
  • commit to having a dog, as this will change your lifestyle, including holidays, days out, social plans and much more
  • cover all expenses (including insurance) with the exception of vet’s bills, unless they arise due to the negligence of the person fostering or their family (Vet’s fees are ONLY covered by IDR during the fostering period.)

If you are still interested in foster-to-adopting a dog and meet all of the above criteria, then please have a look at our available dogs and complete an application form. Please do not use this form for puppies.  Please note that not all of the dogs listed are available for foster-to-adopt. We can also advise on dogs that may be suitable for your household.

We aim to respond within 5 days so please check your spam or junk folders for our emails.

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