How are adoptions handled - INFO on our adoption process.

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How are adoptions handled - INFO on our adoption process.

Post  Admin on Wed Feb 22 2012, 20:39

How are adoptions handled?

At the beginning of every adoption there is always a tragic story. We either find the animals ourselves in the streets and in rubbish bins, or they are brought to us by random passers-by, or we are contacted and told to go and pick them up from somewhere.

The animals are always in bad condition and always need medical care. In the best cases, all the animal needs to get better is worming. In the rest of the cases, which are by far the majority, difficult (orthopaedic) surgery and long-term treatments are required.

Once the animal has regained its strength, which can take anything from a few days to a year, we have it vaccinated, neutered (if the age is appropriate), and electronically tagged, as the law stipulates. At the same time it has blood tests for Mediterranean diseases (Kala-azar, ehrlichiosis) and if the animal is healthy, a European Passport is issued.

Then, the process of finding a suitable family begins. Needless to say, we would rather there were enough suitable families in Greece, but as there aren’t we are forced to turn to Western Europe and the USA and Canada.

So you've fallen in love and want to adopt one of our babies... what to do next -

Once a family has expressed interest, a pre-adoption form needs to be filled out. Please email [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for this form. Once received and you meet the criteria of a potential adopter, you will be given the name of one of our representatives who will deal with your adoption all the way through.
Your rep will organise a homecheck to ascertain whether they are suitable for adoption of a pet. If the result is positive, the shelter will prepare for the transportation of the animal. This can be arranged by us, we have a wonderful company who transports our dogs. Of course you aren't obligated to use this company but we know he takes great care of all of our babies who travel to the UK, we get a good price for being a Shelter too. Travel will usually be by air (All over) or by road (UK and Europe), in a special cage which has been approved by IATA. If the cage does not have the seal of IATA, no airline company will undertake to transport it.

On arrival at its destination, there is always one of our representatives and in most cases the animal’s new family is there, too. Before the animal is handed over, an adoption agreement is signed. Some of the terms are:

The adoptive family guarantees that the animal will be treated well.
If, for any reason, they cannot keep it, they are obliged to return it to the organization or the organisation's 'back up' that your rep allocates you before the dog travels.
They agree to scheduled visits by members of the organizations and our volunteers, who will check that the animal is well in its new home. All these visits will be recorded in photographs and written reports.
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Post  Alyson on Mon Mar 12 2012, 11:46

Would I be able to ask, can the adult dogs be cat tested? Very Happy
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Post  Admin on Tue Mar 13 2012, 04:15

I believe so Alyson, I know a few other people have asked and it's being arranged Very Happy
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