Foster to adopt and Puppy adoption

We are unable to fully assess our dogs before they travel to the UK. This means that we usually have very little information on their personalities and what type of home they would suit best. Therefore, we do not adopt dogs directly from Romania. However, you can foster a dog with a view of adoption. This means that the dog can settle in during the foster period and we can make sure that they are a suitable match for your household without already committing to adoption. We usually recommend that you foster the dog for at least four weeks before making the decision of whether you would like to adopt the dog. 

Generally this process works very well; however, if you feel that the dog isn’t the right fit for your household during the fostering period, then we can transfer the dog over to our partner rescue where they will assess the dog and find them a suitable home. 

To apply for foster-to-adoption then please complete the form below, and you must read the terms and conditions before completing the form.

We will raise the funds for your dog’s travel to the UK. They will travel using a pet transport company, who will drop the dog off at a suitable collection point. This may be directly at your door. You can foster-to-adopt a dog from anywhere in mainland UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to transport dogs to UK islands or Northern Ireland.

Once your foster-to-adopt application has been completed and the dog is reserved to you, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable reservation fee of £50, which will be deducted from the adoption fee if you decide to adopt the dog. Our adoption fees are £200; however, our less-mobile, older dogs, or those with health issues, have an adoption fee of £150. Puppies are £300.

All adoption fees go towards our dogs in Romania for their medical costs, transport and improving the shelter environment while they wait to travel to the UK. 

After completing an application, we aim to respond within 5 days. Please make sure to check your junk email for a response.

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 is dependent upon the size of the dog and at the discretion of IDR. Nearly all of our dogs require 6ft boundaries, except possibly those who are very small, elderly or disabled
  • 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 16 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 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.

Foster to adopt application form.

Puppies

Puppies under 6 months old can be adopted direct from Romania. The adoption fee is £300 which must be paid in advance of travel to the UK.

Rescue puppies from Romania behave differently to those in the UK. They often arrive quite nervous of new people and places, and they require a lot of time and patience to build up their confidence. Puppies must be taken to puppy training classes for proper socialisation and positive reinforcement training. If your puppy develops any behavioural issues, then you must work through them with advice and guidance from IDR and, if necessary, a local dog trainer.

If you feel that you can offer a home to one of our puppies then please fill in the puppy adoption application form below. You must read the foster-to-adopt conditions above which also apply to adoptions for puppies.

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

Puppy adoption application form.