How we work at Just Springers Rescue
When we are approached by an owner who would like to us to take their dog there are various steps to go through.
First we speak to them to understand the reasons they would like their dog rehomed, if we think we could consider taking him or her we ask them to complete our form ‘Dogs to be considered for rehoming’, to provide us with more details. On receiving all this information, if we have a suitable foster place available, we will go and assess the dog in its own surroundings. Unfortunately for various reasons the facts are not always declared on the form or in the original conversation, i.e. a dog is supposed to greet you nicely but on arrival you are lucky not to be bitten!
If we agree to take a dog, he or she is taken to one of our specialist foster home with a committee member or a member of JSR for a period for assessment, this will last approximately two weeks with the dogs being assessed at all times. The short time spent in their old home is not sufficient to find out the true character of a dog. When the dogs are with one of our fosterers they are assessed in numerous ways, this includes socialising, noting general behaviour.They go out to meet people, have long walks, car rides etc. mixing and living with other dogs. During this time any medical conditions are sorted out and neutering etc. is carried out, the dogs all go to their new homes neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, flea and worm treated. All the younger dogs are tested as to their suitability for working with the police, prison service, border agency or to be as trained gun dogs working on various shoots. Some dogs move from one placement to another depending on what is considered best for the dog, and so more can be found out about its character.
After the dogs assessment we then look through our list of people who have completed our application form to apply for a dog. We then contact the family who we feel is most suited to the dog to come and visit them, bringing all the family including any dogs they may already own. If all goes well and we are happy that the dog will enjoy living with the people concerned, we asked the family to take 24 to 48 hours to confirm if they would like the dog. Once they have confirmed they wish to go ahead, we would then go and to do a home check, before the prospective new owners are allowed to take the dog home.
There are always exceptions such as a dog that is a stray, in which case the assessment period is lengthened or if a suitable home is not available we keep the dog until such time as one is, we do not place a dog where we feel it is not going to work.