If you would like to adopt a dog from ARF, there are a few things that need to happen before you can take your new best friend home.
First, the foster carer will talk with you about your lifestyle and the sort of dog you are looking for. They then visit your home to conduct a yard check. If both you and the foster carer are happy and wish to proceed, both parties will complete an adoption agreement.
It is important to realise that ARF is not a ‘shop’ where dogs are sold on a first come, first served basis. We consider ourselves more like a ‘matchmaking’ service where dogs are adopted into the most suitable ‘forever’ home available to meet the dog’s (and the person’s) characteristics and needs. Please read our “Perfect Match” guidelines here.
The final decision about which new home the dog goes to is made by the foster carer based on their knowledge and understanding of both the potential home and the personality of the individual dog. Sometimes it may take several enquiries before you meet an ARF dog that is right for you.
- Useful links – pounds & other rescue groups
- Things to think about when adopting a dog
- How do I care for my new dog?
- Veterinary hospitals that support ARF
- How much does an ARF dog cost?
- Benefits of adopting an ARF dog
- Why does ARF desex and vaccinate etc?
See the About ARF page for more tips and hints.