Jun 22, 2011
There are many benefits to adopting a dog from ARF:
Saving a dog’s life – you are not only saving the dog you adopt, but making space for another one in the foster carer’s home and therefore at the pound. On the whole, many dogs in the pounds get put down after the required legislative period (7 days) simply because there may not be enough room to keep them longer. Making space at a foster carer’s home means that another dog can be rescued from the pound.
Knowing what you are getting – the foster carer has looked after the dog in their own home, so you can ask about the dog’s personality, activity levels, likes and dislikes, behaviour, and training needs. You get to meet and interact with the dog in a ‘normal’ home environment, so you can get a better idea of how the dog will behave when you take him or her home.
Cooling off period – ARF offers a cool off period to ensure you and your new dog are suited to each other. Your adoption fee will be refunded if you need to return the dog for any reason at all within three weeks, and the adoption agreement also states that the you should notify ARF at any time in the future if for any reason the dog needs to be rehomed.
Companion ready – ARF re-homes dogs of all ages from puppies to senior citizens (who are usually a little cheaper to adopt). All ARF dogs are microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, wormed and health-checked. Your adoption fee covers part of these costs and the rest are subsidised by ARF through fundraising and donations.
We love dogs and want to make it easy for the new owners and make sure the dogs get a head start with the best care possible. Donations to help us with costs are always very welcome and appreciated.
Setting a good example – adopting a rescue dog helps show your children, friends, and family that you care about dogs in need.
Help a volunteer organisation – all adoption fees and donations go directly to help ARF save more dogs.
Access to advice and help – you gain a contact (the foster carer) who knows your dog and other dogs well, who you can turn to for advice and who will also love receiving your ‘guess what my clever dog did today!’ emails.
Best interests at heart – foster carers are all volunteers and have no other motivation than to help save dogs and ensure that people are matched with dogs that are suitable.
A happy person with a happy dog is all we want!
For general tips and hints see the About ARF page.