A REHOMING UPDATE
As the Covid restrictions are being eased we have had an incredibly busy couple of weeks. Some of the dogs that have needed to be worked with before being rehabilitated have been eased into a new home with people already known to us, that we were confident would carry on taking them forward to their maximum potential. This naturally eliminated the need for a home check too which was a bonus. There are still some dogs that are a work in progress.
Many miles have been travelled and our lovely volunteers have pulled out all the stops to get things moving. A very special mention must surely be given here to:
Robyn & Andy, Trish & Donna, Peter, Sandra & Alan, Martin & Rosie, and Jayne. Thanks guys, what would we have done without you? We’ve also had several new volunteer applications which is very heartening, and for which we’re very grateful. As things pick up we’ll certainly be very glad of your help.
We are beginning to see the impact of the effects of the last year on the lockdown puppies that we have taken in. These dogs really do need to go to people with experience and a great deal of understanding as they have very significant problems. Some involve biting and we just can’t rehome them without considerable rehabilitation first. It isn’t just a matter of giving them lots of love, they have usually had that, but love alone doesn’t prepare them for living in the outside world or teach them some social graces. We are totally committed to doing the very best for all of the dogs we take in, and ensuring that their next home has the same level of commitment.
We have spoken to some really, really lovely people over the past few weeks and sincerely look forward to finding the right dog for them, but most of the dogs are more challenging than they have probably been used to and so they are still waiting.
It is now possible to do outdoor home-checks, and the easing of travel restrictions is obviously a huge help, particularly those in Scotland. People are planning holidays, and holiday times are historically when many people relinquish their dog. There are reasons to be more optimistic about rehoming at the moment, but having said that, there may be a higher percentage of dogs given up for behavioural reasons, and so they won’t meet your expectations. As always, we can say that the right dog is always worth waiting for.
To all those people asking for a puppy or a dog ‘as young as possible’, we can only say “Be careful what you wish for”!