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FAQ - Rescuing A German Shepherd


Questions to ask yourself before applying:

Can I afford to have a dog, taking into account the initial rehoming donation to this Rescue, the ongoing expenses such as food, veterinary fees and pet insurance, rough estimate a dog can cost in excess of £25 a week.
Can I make a lifelong commitment to a dog, a dog's average lifespan is 12+years.
Is my home big enough to house a German Shepherd?
Can I /Do I really want to exercise a dog every day?
Will there be someone home for the dog? Dogs also get lonely just as humans do!
Will I/Do I have time to train, groom and generally care for the dog?
Am I able to answer YES to these questions every day of the year?
If you are unable to fulfill all of the above requirements, then you should re-consider your decision of bringing a shepherd into your home.
But if you are confident you can offer a dog all over the above, then the next step would be to fill out the application form and we can source a suitable shepherd for you.
FAQ when thinking about adopting a dog from Cefni GSD Rescue
We thoroughly home-check and vett all potential new homes, please respect the reasons why we ask the questions we do, we want to rehome to suitable homes only.
Is this Rescue breed specific?
Yes German Shepherd/GSD cross
Do you neuter all animals before leaving for forever homes where applicable?
We have a max. 3 month policy, if you do not agree to neutering your dog (if not already done so) we will not proceed with matching you up with a suitable dog.
Also if you have adopted a dog and you do not neuter the dog within the timescale given, we have the right to remove the dog unless a letter from your vet advises against it for health reasons.
Do you always home check?
Thoroughly homecheck this is purely for the welfare of the dog we match upto you.
Garden, fences/walls height
We require your fencing/walls are a min. of 5ft high to apply to adopt a dog from us.
Do you leave your dog for more than 4hours at anyone time ?
We also ask you do not leave your dog for longer than 4 hours at any one time - this can lead to separation anxiety and the dog could harm itself.
Do you rehome dogs to families with young children?
We are strict on ages of children majority of our dogs are to live with *this will always be stated on our website what the youngest the dog will be allowed to be around. PLEASE respect our policies they are put in place for a reason and we can only enforce it until the dog is adopted then it is upto the new legal owner then to make sure the dog does not put anyone at risk. If someone is hurt you will be liable for any costs/damages etc.
Do you provide insurance when re-homing to new owners?:
We offer 30days free pet insurance with Petplan, we do ask if you to insure your dog to cover all costs in the future.
Will you always take the animal back no matter what? If not please explain under what circumstances etc:
Yes the rescue will take back the dog if we have an available foster home, or the dog will be placed in suitable vetted kennels
* If returning the dog due to the dog savaging a human-being the dog will be put to sleep
How is the adoption donation used and any other donations received into the rescue?
We rely on every adoption fee received to help pay for our ongoing vet and kennelling bills, without the adoption fee we are unable to help any further dogs into our care and onto their forever safe homes.
We have set the amount at £200 per dog - this is a fair amount as majority of the time your dog will be:
Fully Inoculated
(the above is correct if the dog has been kennelled with us, if the dog has been kennelled and not neutered we usually have a neutering voucher available to go with the dog and its new owner).

If your dog is still currently with its owner, we are unable to promise your dog will be fully inoculated or neutered, this expense needs to be taken into account when adopting.
Our listings on our website are accurate please read them in full as it will explain exactly if the dog is neutered, vaccinated etc. 
If you can not afford to have this done please only complete an adoption form for a dog we have in our kennels.
Stray Dogs -

Majority of the time we do not know the history of the dog if picked up as a stray.

We thoroughly assess the dog for 2-4 weeks prior to being made available for adoption. 

The stray dog will have no previous history on how it is with children - we have a strict adoption policy when the dog is picked up as a stray. 
The home being offered for the dog must not have children living or visiting which are under 9-12 years old. We are a responsible rescue and will not take any risks nor putting any children in danger. 
You may be wishing to adopt a stray dog with young children but we will not allow this unless we have documented history on the dog. 

Please respect our policy regarding stray dogs.

Sometimes we have owners which have surrendered their dogs to the rescue, this dog will then be kennelled with us until we source a suitable home for the dog.

We will thoroughly assess the dog and this is on-going until rehomed.

Prior to the dog being surrendered to us we will have assessed the dog in the home with the owner, asking many questions regarding how the dog is with other dogs, cats, children, people, strangers, previous training - the list is endless. This way we have a documented history on the dog to the best of our knowledge and what has been disclosed by the then owner.
Whilst the dog is with us in kennels, we do try and work on any issues the dog may have, keeping the dog socialised with people and other dogs (if suitable with other dogs) whilst we await the dog to be offered a suitable home.
With this in mind if the owner has disclosed the dog has lived with children of a suitable age, we will ask for evidence of this, usually children are around when the dog is being assessed in the home or of course photos of the dog whilst its been living in the household.

All dogs whether stray or owner surrender must be inoculated to enter our kennels - whilst they are in kennels if they are not already microchipped we then implant a chip and register it too the rescue the same time.
With regards to neutering - if the dog is an owner surrender we do contact the dogs trust and try to obtain a neutering voucher, sometimes we are awarded them but sometimes due to circumstances they will not issue one but we do give you full information on how to get help if we can not obtain the voucher.
Your legal requirement as a pet owner:
You should be confident to be able to socialise your new Rescue dog - this will include Adults, children and other animals.
We would suggest not over-whelming too much too soon, and do alittle every day. Attending local dog walks is an excellent way with knowledgable dog lovers which will help in any way they can with socialising your new addition *information for local dog walks available*
Educate and teach good manners
Dogs of all ages need to learn and know their boundaries just as children do. Teach them gently, but firmly what is acceptable and what is not.
Use positive, effective training
Reward based training is always the most effective. Begin this process as soon as your new dog has settled into the household.
Use positive methods for all education, from housetraining through to when being called. 
Prevent bad behaviour or distract and show them what you want them to do instead.
Do not expect too much too soon - dogs need time to learn what we expect of them.
Teach your dog to be left alone
Pack animals like to be with others and our pet dogs needs to be taught to tolerate being alone at times. Begin with short sessions and build upto longer absenses gradually if need be.
Help your dog find its place in the pack
All dogs need to learn their place in the human pack. Strong-willed dogs need to learn they cannot have their own way all the time and what you want must come first.
Dont be afraid to ask
If you are experiencing difficulties, ask your Rescue contact for advice. Many problems can be sorted out with some patience and the right methods, before they develop into much bigger problems.
Dog ownership and the Law
The control of dogs order 1992 requires any dog in a public place must wear a collar ID tag with the name and address or contact number of the owner to be engraved/written on it.
It is highly recommended to micro-chip or tattoo your dog and register it with the recognised company usually PET LOG, this is the largest reunification scheme in the UK, this can prove extremely effective in locating a lost pet.
The Petlog premium service can even alert local vets and dog owners when an owner reports when and where their pet was lost. This can be done by telephone or sms, or via the Petlog website. However, it is vital to the effectiveness of this service that owners keep their records upto date, informing Petlog of any change in the circumstances.
Having your dog microchip is now law - ALL dogs which are adopted from Cefni GSD Rescue will be microchipped with the rescues details registered and the new owners details after the follow up which is carried out 6 weeks after taking your new adopted dog home.
You can teach an old dog new tricks (so to speak), when you do need to consider the type of dog you own and the task that you are trying to teach it. It is always best to break exercises down into small peices, so that the message is clear and your dog can learn with confidence.
Dogs do not come into the world with the fountain of all knowledge, they need to be trained. 
A trained dog is a happy dog!
Keep your dog under control at all times.
Train your dog to use the kerb correctly.
Always clean up after your dog.
Keep your dog close when walking it on the lead.
Respect the Countryside code.
Give your dog the correct amount of exercise and play it needs.
Feed your dog a balanced, nutritious diet with adequate checks and ensure your dog is adequately vaccinated.
Take out pet insurance to cover any unforeseen injuries or illnesses.
Groom your dog regular.
Please neuter your dog (both sexes) this is to avoid unwanted litters and illnesses unneutered dogs have later in life.
Respect the views of others, never let your dog become a nuisance to others.

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