The dog side of things is managed and run by myself, on top of that I also run the podenco rescue (www.lozzaspodencorescue.co.uk) so therefore, both rescues are small but VERY busy !
I will normally have approximately between 6 and 12 dogs in at one time and they consist of lurchers, podencos and scruffy Spanish dogs which always home very quickly ! They are normally kept in a kennel environment and have alot of interaction with myself and volunteers throughout this period.
It is my own personal choice not to have a network of fosterers, instead, just using a couple that are local and extremely experienced and this obviously limits me to the amount of dogs I can have. Each dog is treated like one of the family and is thoroughly assessed in different situations so that I have a good idea of overall character traits and points requiring further training, enabling me to find the best match possible, home wise.
Each dog is initially seen by the rescue vet for a health check and routine treatment. They also will be assessed by the wonderful Sam Barrett , the rescue Chiropractor, who works with any issues present . Any adjustments done will be recorded and the log sent in the adoption pack.
All the rescue dogs have Tellington Ttouch with individual sessions with Penny Shepherd and daily short sessions with myself. In addition any training the dog has under taken, including socialisation, and off site activities is recorded. We use the training barn frequently for scent work/hide and seek games as well with all the dogs.
I am also a lover of using Animal Aromatics with the rescue dogs. I use the training barn with various scent stations set up weekly to see if a dog self selects a certain oil for how it is feeling at the time. That oil is then transferred to their kennel area where they can smell it whenever they wish to for that week. Each week can be different with what they want and some weeks they may not feel the need to want anything. It is an amazing tool to use for an insight into how the dog is feeling and can even be guided to point to an underlying condition that hasn’t manifested itself yet in other ways.
THE ONE THING THAT I ASK FROM ALL POTENTIAL ADOPTERS IS THAT YOU HAVE A COMMITMENT TO THE DOG TO WORK THROUGH ANY ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE AND A SENSE OF HUMOUR 🙂
All dogs up for homing will be neutered, fully vaccinated, wormed, micro chipped and come with a personal information pack and new martingale collar.
If the vet recommends that the spaying of a bitch has to be delayed (just finished season, just had pups etc) then the dog may still be rehomed under the provision that she is spayed as soon as practicable and proof from the vet will be required, together with the signing of a spaying contract. All puppies go out on neutering contracts. The microchip details will be updated upon adoption in line with the current law . The dog will always be returned to LLR if for any reason you cannot keep him/her. The adoption form will be signed on the day of the adoption.
An adoption fee will be required and the standard fee is £150, in special circumstances only this may be more or less and you will be advised at the time of reserving the dog. Please note that this fee is to help the rescue with the inevitable costs of helping the dogs , especially the vet bills and you are not “buying” a dog.
To adopt a dog I will have an initial telephone conversation where I will learn more about you and your family.
We will talk about your home environment and dog experience. After the initial chat, if there is nothing suitable you will be added to the waiting list with regular contact and will be notified when a dog comes in that would be perfect for you .
If a dog is available that is a potential match, you will then be invited to come and visit the dog and bring your family members and any resident dog/s and spend some time with him/her. You are able to visit as many times as you like. If we are all happy, then a convenient day is set and I will come with the dog and do your home check at the same time. You then have the dog on a trial period, signing a foster contract. If you live a considerable distance away, I will have a homecheck done initially by a team of dedicated homecheckers that assist rescues BEFORE you come and view the dog. You then have the option on the day of viewing , if we are all happy, to take the dog off on trial.
You do not officially “adopt” the dog until you have fostered him or her for a few weeks to ensure that any teething problems have been ironed out and that the dog was the right match for your family/circumstances. I feel this is a great way of doing things as you have not got the added pressure straight away that you have adopted the dog and we can forge a lasting relationship , dealing with any problems together and giving you the feeling that you are not on your “own” in this time. At anytime, he/she can be returned if there is a genuine problem that we can’t work through.
Once the new dog is settled into your home, a follow up visit/call will normally be done by myself around the 3 month period to ensure everyone is happy still and offer any further advice or guidance if required.
I will be on hand at anytime before the 3 month visit to help with any issues that may arise and together will always work towards doing whatever is necessary for the wellbeing of the dog.
I OFFER LIFE TIME BACK UP AND WILL ALWAYS TAKE THE DOG BACK IF HE/SHE HAS TO BE REHOMED…MY LLR DOGS ARE NEVER TO FIND NEW HOMES VIA THE OWNER, UNLESS SPOKEN TO ME FIRST…..MY RESCUE DOGS ARE VERY SPECIAL TO ME AND I ALWAYS WANT THE VERY BEST FOR THEM….