you feel that you can offer a loving home to a dog from Wiccaweys, please
read the following carefully. Once you have read through, our contact
details can be found HERE.
Please do not enquire about adopting via email,
we prefer to have a proper conversation with people. All emails enquiring
about dogs are replied to with a standard email asking you to phone
DO NOT ASK TO HAVE A HOME CHECK UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY READY TO OFFER
A DOG A HOME AND ARE IN A POSITION TO PROCEED WITH AN ADOPTION IF SUCCESSFUL.
WE DO NOT KEEP HOME CHECKS CURRENT FOR LONGER THAN 2 MONTHS.
are going on holiday in the near future, and
are not looking to adopt a dog until you return, please phone to
arrange a homecheck once you are back, and you are ready and prepared
to adopt.We do not reserve dogs for people.
**If you are about to move house in the next few weeks and are not looking
to adopt a dog until then, please phone to arrange a homecheck
when you are ready and prepared to adopt.We do not reserve
dogs for people.
Our Adopting Procedure - please read carefully
Your Initial Enquiry
will discuss your needs in terms of a collie and decide whether the
dog in question is suitable for your circumstances, if not, we will
make suggestions towards the type of collie you should be looking at
to suit your family and environment.
All our dogs are fully assessed
so we know exactly who will suit who. This
means they are part of our family and have free range to large grassy exercise
paddocks and toys all day. The dogs are carefully assessed
within our environment. They receive basic training, are socialised
in as many different situations as possible. Our dogs meet and are exposed
to cats, horses and livestock. We know exactly who likes what. However, with the best will in the world, we are not in a position to replicate a busy city or town environment, nor can we replicate the school run. People do have to be realistic in their expectations of the dogs and the work they themselves will have to put into their adopted dog. Be honest about what you can deal with, what you can cope with and above all, the time and effort you are prepare to give a rescue dog. They are not stuffed toys and once away from the safety of the rescue and their friends, they can behave differently in new environments with new, relatively unknown people and situations. You need to be prepared for this should it happend. All the dogs
are vaccinated, neutered (unless they are too young, too old, or the
vet advises against it for a medical reason), wormed, flea treated and
microchipped before leaving for their new home.
All potential homes will be fully home checked. We always
carry out a home visit before anyone comes to meet a dog. When we carry
out a home visit we are not just there to make sure the garden is secure,
we are there to offer help and advice too. Our home checks are not a
10 minute operation. We expect to spend a considerable amount of time
with the family, getting to know them and any exisiting animals they
may have. You will be asked to complete an adoption application. We
will not accept a vets reference or a previous home check from another
organisation - we always carry out our own home visit. We never pass on results, details or information about your home visit to other organisations under any circumstances. Your privacy is assured under data protection.
We home dogs all over the country, and we have a network of trusted
home checkers across the country. All our home checkers are volunteers
and very kindly give their time freely to carry out homechecks on our
behalf at their own expense, sometimes taking time of work to carry
out a check, and often travelling a considerable distance to complete
a home check. Home checkers do this all out of the goodness of their
hearts - and to do their bit to help rescued dogs into new homes. Please
do not ask to have a homecheck arranged unless you are ready to adopt
a dog, and are completely committed to adopting a dog.
Please do not be offended if after the homecheck is carried out, the
dog you initially enquired about turns out to be unsuitable for your
circumstances. This is why homechecks are very important. Just because
one dog isn't suitable for you - it doesn't mean that another wouldn't
suit your family perfectly, and we will suggest other dogs to you. Please
remember Wiccaweys try very hard to match the dogs personalities to
human personalities, animal personalities, lifestyle
situations and environments at your home.
Once you have successfully passed your homecheck, you
will be invited to meet the dog at Wiccaweys HQ, Laughton Warren, Lincolnshire. We see people by appointment only, seven days a week,
11am - 3pm. When your appointment is made, you will be sent our
visiting guidelines so you know what to expect and how things will work
when you visit. You will also be sent directions to find us.
are expected to bring all the family who will be living with the
dog, and all other dogs that already live in your home. We have to see your dog and your potential dog together to make sure
that they get on. If you or your
dog are unable to make the trip to Lincolnshire, we advise that
you look at rescues closer to your home and thank you for showing an
interest in Wiccaweys.
We expect you to spend time getting to know the dog,
and we will observe you and the dog together. This is not a hurried
proceedure, so allow plenty of time for your visit. After initial introductions
with the dog and Wiccaweys Staff, you and the dog will be allowed to
spend time alone together, getting to know each other in one of our
paddocks, or out walking around the fields at Wiccaweys.
Once again, on meeting the dog, sometimes personalities do not 'gel'
together, so please do not be offended if we say we do not think this
is the right dog for you, and make other suggestions to you. We also
expect you to say if you do not feel the dog is the right one for you.
All we ask is that people are completely open and honest about what
personalities they can cope with. If people are not honest about their
own capabilities, then it is the dog that is failed in the long run,
and that is not fair.
Please note: We will not home female pups into a home with a resident
un-neutered male, and we will not home male pups into a home with a
resident un-spayed female.
For a successful homing to take place
- all the pieces must fall into place.
If everyone is in
agreement that this is the right dog for you and your family - and most
importantly the dog is happy with you - then the adoption can take place.
New Guardians are required to sign an extensive adoption contract and a donation towards the continuing work of the rescue is requested.
The home visitor will bring a copy for you to read during your home visit.
You will be asked to read the adoption contract again at Wiccaweys,
in front of Wiccaweys Staff, and will be asked verbally if you agree
with all terms and conditions of the contract before signing takes place,
and the adoption proceeds. Please note that an adoption contract is
a legally binding document.
Our suggested minimum donation is £200.
Please remember you are making a donation towards the continuing work
of the rescue, you are not buying a dog. Unlike some organisations we
do not have a 'sliding scale' of prices based on age and breed (pedigree
or otherwise). All the dogs are equal in our eyes. You can not put a
price on a living being and deem one to be worth more or less than another.
Unfortunately, as of the 1st April 2012, we had to raise our suggested
minimum donation to cover much higher food & vets bills and Wiccaweys'
increasing running costs - this is only the 3rd time we have had to
raise the suggested donation since Wiccaweys started, the last times
being 1st November
and 1st October 2006 respectively, and it saddens us to
have to do it. Our previous suggested minimum donation of £150
no longer covers the basic vet and routine care a dog receives before
leaving for a new home, let alone anything else, and even raising the
suggested minimum donation to £200 is barely breaking even to
cover all costs one single dog incurs during their stay at Wiccaweys
- so any extra people can give as a donation is very, very gratefully
vet costs per dog, not taking into account any extra treatment any single
dog may require:
Male Neuter: £100
Bitch Spay: £110 - £120
Vaccinations: £50 for a full course
Worming & Flea Treatment
Weekly average dog food bill for Wiccaweys: £300
do not ask for, or expect a free dog.
We find it very offensive to the dogs and our work if people do not
want to give the donation
- you are not just doing us a favour by
taking a dog. . The adoption donations
are what keep all rescues going and without them we can not save dogs,
and to put it very bluntly in this day and age, adopting a dog from
a rescue is a very good deal. Take a look at most rescue organisations
suggested minimum donations, and then take a look at how much a puppy
or a dog would cost you from a breeder, or even from the free-ads. Add
on top of your initial purchase price, the costs of a full course of
vaccinations, a microchip, worming and flea treament and finally neutering
and spaying. Plus you will most likely have no back up should things
not work out as you thought.
All Wiccaweys dogs go to their new homes with food and information about
the food they have been eating. We make recomendations on other suitable
food for collies.
If you do not have a new collar and lead for your new friend, we
have recommended collars, leads and harnesses for sale at Wiccaweys,
otherwise dogs will be issued with a going home collar and lead that
we ask you to return for other dogs to use.
You will given a form that details any vet treatment received, and will
give dates of worming and flea treatments and the products used.
Once that is all completed your Wiccaweys Collie is then officially
the newest member of your family.