Adoption Procedures

If you are interested in any of our animals, please read this entire section BEFORE completing an application form. You will find an application form at the bottom of the page of the animal you are interested in adopting.

Please note: If at any stage in the adoption process, we or one of our volunteers/fosterers, home checkers etc. feel that the situation is not right for our dog, you may be turned down. We don't have regimental rules on what homes are suitable but below give you an outline of the type of homes we are looking for and the process we follow, should you wish to apply for one of our dogs.

Points to consider before you apply for a dog:

  1. Many of our dogs are often traumatised, insecure and sometimes they have also been physically abused. They often need a lot of time spent on them so generally they are not suitable to be left for long periods of time. We believe that 4 hours is the maximum amount of time a dog should be left but for many of our dogs even this is too long. Puppies in particular benefit from not being left for long periods so please consider this before applying. We may ask your employer to verify your work hours.
  2. We are looking for homes for all our dogs where they live as part of the family.
  3. Please consider the age of the dog/puppy you want to adopt against your own age before applying. Whilst we understand life holds no guarantees we try to give every dog the best possible chance of a home for the rest of it's life.
  4. We suggest that you choose a dog that is of a different age, sex and breed to your own dog. This is because we have found that when we rehome a dog who is very similar in age, sex and breed as the existing dog in the home that dominance issues can develop and dogs can fight to establish their status within the home. This can be very stressful for both the dogs and you as owners and can also have devastating consequences. We do understand that every home is different and we do try to take each application individually. If you are in any doubt please contact the office.
  5. Many Tears Animal Rescue will allow dogs to be adopted to homes with children of all ages as long as the dog is suitable for that environment. We will discuss your circumstances and try to determine if the dog you're interested in will be suitable for your home/family/lifestyle/other pets.
  6. If you already own a dog/cat that is not spayed/neutered we will consider your application depending on the dog you are applying for. However, Many Tears strongly recommends dogs are spayed/neutered for medical and ethical reasons. See our FAQ page for further information.
  7. Your garden must be secure with a fence height relative to the size of dog you want to adopt. We usually only home a dog where there is a secure garden (not communal) and where the back garden is separate to the front.
  8. We are looking for wonderful, responsible, forever homes. That means asking questions and trying to marry up the correct pet with the prospective family. We are not judgmental but we have a very large responsibility to make sure we do what's right for you and especially for our charges.


Our adoption procedures:

Once you have completed an application form you will be interviewed over the telephone. We will discuss some of your answers in order to ascertain if we think the dog you are applying for is a suitable match for your lifestyle. We may suggest a different dog to you. If the dog is in a foster home, your application will be passed to the fosterer who will try to call you within 24 hours. They will be able to tell you a lot more about the dog and answer any questions you may have. Once it is agreed to go ahead with the application, a home check will be arranged. This will take place as soon as possible (within 3 days) so please be prepared to make yourself available to meet the home checker.

  1. We will ask the home vetter to clarify some of the points you have answered. For example, if you have said you are at home all day and a home vetter has tried to contact you several times over a couple of days we may feel that you are not at home for enough hours to suit the dog you are applying for. A home visit, or home vetting, is done to verify that the new home and garden will be a safe and secure place for our dog to go to. If you pass your home check you will be expected to meet/collect the dog within 3 days. However, if you have school age children and can't travel until the weekend we will allow up to 5 days for the 'meet and greet' to take place. If this goes well and everyone is agreed this is the right dog for you, you will be able to take the dog home with you then. If you are unable to meet this timescale, please inform us immediately.
  2. In some circumstances you may be asked to provide references.
  3. All members of the family and any dogs who will be living with the dog you want to adopt must come to meet the new dog. You will be expected to travel to wherever the dog is staying in order to meet and adopt it. We do not we do not let third parties collect for you or deliver dogs to their new homes.

  4. You should bring with you a collar and lead for the dog you are adopting and an idenitity tag to go on it's collar. This can be a temporary tag in case the adoption does not go ahead. If you are adopting an ex-breeding dog many will also requre a harness (less frightening than a lead attached to a collar) so please ask about the size you would need.

  5. Please ensure that you have a safe way to transport the dog home. When collecting your dog we required you to have a crate to transport the dog in your car and recommend you carry this into the house before opening the crate door. Please discuss this with the rescue or the fosterer if you are unable to do this.

  6. If you are applying for a puppy you will need to provide information on training classes in your area. You will be asked to sign an agreement stating that you will attend these puppy training classes and will be given a copy for the trainer to sign to confirm you have attended these classes. You will also be asked to sign and get your vet to sign a Pre-Agreement stating that you will get the puppy spayed/neutered at 6 months old and your vet will need to sign to confirm they are happy to do this. Many Tears Animal Rescue are not able to cover the cost of this and the adopter must be happy to pay for this themselves. If you are applying for a puppy please make sure you have the time to spend with it to train and socialise it. Puppies are often much harder work that adult dogs!
  7. Adult dogs are neutered, micro chipped, had at least their first inoculation and wormed. All puppies are wormed, micro chipped, had at least their first inoculation. If your puppy has not been spayed/neutered a declaration will be signed at time of adoption requiring a new owner to spay or neuter.


Our adoption fees:

The adoption fee for all dogs is £200 plus £20 if your dog has a passport. If a dog is by donation this is usually because it's old, is blind or deaf or has has little interest in being adopted. However we do ask you to consider all the medical treatment that has been carried out, the fact that the dog is chipped and vaccinated when making your donation.

Where it goes:

  1. We spend a huge amount each year on vet treatments and supplies. All our adult dogs are spayed (unless there is a medical reason for not doing so), have had at least the first inoculation, micro chipped and wormed.
  2. If needed, we have x-rays, lab tests, specialist procedures and operations carried out and often numerous additional medicines and treatments are needed for both adult dogs and puppies.
  3. The adopting fee for puppies (although they are not spayed/neutered) goes towards the worming and inoculations and helps with the extra costs of so many specialist operations that other dogs at Many Tears have to endure to give them a chance of a normal life.
  4. Our utility costs are considerable. We have heat lamps on in every kennel during the winter and washers and dryers constantly going to keep the dogs in clean dry beds. The winter electricity bills is over £2,000 a month and the water rates, the skip hire costs for rubbish and the costs of so many other things that keep us running are considerable and continuing to rise.
  5. Our vehicle and transportation costs are enormous as we are constantly collecting dogs from various parts of the country and have regular foster runs.
  6. As we are open to the public, have employees and have off site fund raising events, our insurances costs are quite considerable.
  7. One of our largest expense is employee wages. However, we feel that the only way to properly care for the number of dogs we take in is by having the appropriate number of staff on hand to care for and exercise the dogs.
  8. Please note from 01/01/2015 £10 of the adoption fee goes as a donation to pay for passports so we can also save Southern Irish dogs’ lives who cannot cross the water without one.
We hope this will help everyone understand the huge cost of running this rescue and also let people see where their donations are spent. We are a registered company (not for profit) and are also VAT registered.

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