The adoption process

  1. What to expect
  2. Complete the adoption form
  3. Reviewing your application
  4. Home video call
  5. Dog meet and greet
  6. Adoption confirmation
  7. Preparing for handover
  8. Preparing for arrival
  9. Welcome to the family

What a wonderful thing you are doing…

Welcoming a rescue dog into your heart and home takes compassion, understanding, patience, time, commitment, and an abundance of love.

It can be very challenging, especially if the dog has had a particularly difficult start in life; In return, you’ll receive a loyal companion and an incredibly rewarding experience.

Step One
What to expect

We’re delighted that you’ve chosen Wild at Heart Foundation to help you find a dog. Adopting a dog is truly a wonderful thing to do; it allows a stray dog from overseas to experience the love, safety, and kindness they so desperately deserve.

However, as mentioned on our Adoption page, we have paused all international adoptions to focus on our dogs who are already in the UK, and global project work. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs who are available for onward rehoming, please read on to find out what to expect from the adoption process.

We also understand that adopting a dog from abroad could be a new experience for you. The journey so far for some of our UK-based dogs hasn’t been easy and they will need to be carefully managed, so please take this into account when applying.

You can also read our Success Stories.

Step Two
Complete the adoption form

The adoption form is the first step in your adoption journey – this is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, and why you would like to re-home a Wild at Heart Foundation dog.

Please do provide as much information as possible to help us assess your overall suitability. Our UK dogs can have very specific behavioural needs, so please do outline how you will be able to support their needs as mentioned in their profile.

We appreciate that this early stage is one of the most exciting parts of the process. Chances are you’ve seen a dog that you love the look of, and you’ll be eager to hear back from us – which we completely understand!

But please be aware that submitting an application doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be successful in adopting a dog. Whilst we acknowledge this may be a little disappointing, rest assured that it’s nothing personal, we’re simply looking to find the right homes for each dog in our care.

Ready to get started? Complete the adoption form now. 

Step Three
Reviewing your application

So, you’ve submitted your form…what next?  

Once you have submitted your form, you’ll receive an auto-response to confirm we’ve received your application safe and sound (please check your junk folders!) 

From here, our team will review your application as soon as possible, and move on to one of the following steps… 

  • You’ll be notified within 2 weeks if your application is unsuitable at this time. 
  • Our team will create a shortlist of the best suited applicants for each dog. If shortlisted, you will be contacted and progressed to the next stage, which involves getting to know you and your household a little better.
Step Four
Home video call

We’ll then be in touch to arrange a Home Video call at a time that suits you. This is a great opportunity for us to put a face to the name and to go through the detail of your adoption application.

You’ll be asked about your lifestyle and work routine, along with your previous experience with dogs, so that we can further assess potential suitability for adoption. It’s also a chance for us to see how your home is set up for welcoming a new dog, and you’ll also be able to ask any further questions you may have.

Step Five
Dog meet and greet

Once a successful home video call has taken place, progression to the next stage will involve virtually meeting the dog you applied for with their carers. Should your application progress further, it will then be time to arrange a meeting with the dog in person!

Step Six
Adoption confirmation

Once a successful match has been confirmed, and everyone is happy to proceed, we will ask you to pay a £50 non-refundable deposit in order to reserve your dog. You will receive confirmation of your payment, and this amount will be deducted from your UK dog adoption fee of £295 at the time your balance payment is requested.

Please note: the adoption fee covers the costs associated with preparing your dog for their new home, along with administrative and marketing costs. We rely on the generosity of our community to help our global work continue, and you’ll have the option to add a donation when you pay your adoption fee. We’re so grateful for whatever you’re able to spare.

Step Seven
Preparing for handover

Now we can finalise the logistics of bringing your dog home to you, the exciting bit!

You may already have been given an indication of an anticipated handover date, but this will be fully confirmed. In the meantime, we will ensure that all necessary paperwork is in place, and provide you with updates on your dog during this time.

We’ll ask you to review and sign our Adoption Contract, which has lots of important information, so please make sure that you read through it thoroughly before sending it back to us as instructed. At this point, we will also ask for the adoption fee balance to be paid.

Step Eight
Preparing for arrival

While you wait, we’ll be delighted to welcome you into the family and help you prepare for your new arrival.

We know that you’ll be eager to have your new companion with you, and that you’ll probably want to absorb as much information as possible, so we’ll do our best to provide as much support and advice as we can:

  • You’ll receive an extensive Adoption Guide that includes everything you need, but if you do have any questions, we’ll be happy to help!
  • You’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group, an invaluable online forum where our adopters – old and new – share stories and photos, ask questions and offer advice. Our adopters are always happy to give first-hand support for all soon-to-be-adopters.
  • You can subscribe to our mailing list to receive all the latest updates, news and stories from Wild at Heart Foundation; or browse our blog.
  • You can read our Success Stories to learn more about other adopters’ experiences.
Step Nine
Welcome to the family

We consider our Wild at Heart Foundation dogs and their adopters to be part of our family, and nothing makes us happier than seeing how you and your dog are coming along, so please do tag us in your Instagram posts. 

We look forward to welcoming you into our community and being a part of your wonderful new adoption journey. 

The Wild at Heart Foundation team x 

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