Angel Watch Rescue & Rehome - FAQ
What happens to the dogs when you rescue them from Public Shelters or the streets?




First,
all the dogs receive a full veterinary check-up, and are given flea
treatments, vaccinations, and other treatments as needed. Some of the
rescued dogs will be injured or sick, and will need more extensive
veterinary treatment. This may include surgery and expensive drugs, all
of which need to be paid for from Angel Watch funds. The dogs are then
given temporary accommodation at one of our foster homes in Romania,
either in Bucharest or in Timisoara. Here they are cared for until a
new home can be found for them. Sponsors are always desperately needed
to help us cover the costs of fostering these dogs.



What happens to the dogs that are fostered outside Romania?
Dogs
may be fostered by rescue organisations or by private individuals. The
role of the fosterer is to care for the dog until a permanent home can
be identified, and usually the fosterer is responsible for finding a
suitable adoptive home for the dog.

How can I become a fosterer for one of your dogs?
If
you feel you'd like to foster one of our dogs, please contact us so we
can discuss your situation and your experience of caring for dogs. We
can then arrange for a home check to be carried out.

How can I adopt a dog from AW?
Firstly
contact us to let us know that you're interested in adopting from us
and which dog you might be interested in. We'll discuss all aspects of
the adoption process with you, and if things go well we will arrange for
you to be home-checked. We ask for a £50 deposit to reserve your dog, with the balance of the adoption fee becoming due once the process is completed. A home-check is essential, so we can be sure
we're matching the right dog to the right home.  If for any reason the homecheck is unsuccessful, your £50 deposit will be returned.   Once you have reserved your dog should  you decide to pull out of the adoption, the £50 deposit will be non-refundable. 


What is your adoption fee and what is included?
The adoption fee is £150-£300 plus the costs of transporting the dog from Romania.  Transporting is arranged through a charity pet transport company and for example costs £170 to bring a dog to the UK.  The
adoption fee covers all vaccinations including rabies, microchipping, worming and flea
treatment as well as obtaining necessary the necessary Pet Passport and Fit to Travel
certificate.


What happens if we're experiencing problems with our new dog?
It's
vital adopters should feel they have support while their new dog is
settling in. If there are any issues, we will happily give advice to
help adopters find a way to work through the problems. We can also put
them in touch with a dog trainer, who can provide direct support. If in
the end it's decided that the problems can't be resolved, we will find
the dog a new home or temporary foster placement. We always need more
emergency fosters in reserve for this kind of situation, and we welcome
offers from people who would like to help in this way.

How do I sponsor one of your dogs in Romania?
If
you decide you'd like to become a 'virtual' foster mum or dad for one
of our dogs, just let us know which of our available dogs you would like
to sponsor. Monthly sponsorship costs 50 euros for our Bucharest
foster home and 45 euros for our Timisoara foster home. By sponsoring a
dog you are making sure that 'your' dog remains safe and cared for
until a loving new home can be found for him or her. If you'd like any
help in deciding about sponsorship, simply contact us for more
information or advice.





How else can I support Angel Watch?




You
can support us in a number of ways. Financial support is of course
crucial, whether that's through donations or by supporting our regular
fund-raising events such as auctions and raffles. We are always looking
for foster homes and adoptive homes for our dogs: if you think you
might be able to foster or adopt one of our dogs, just get in touch with
us and we'll be delighted to discuss the possibilities with you. And
please share Angel Watch with your friends on Facebook - your share
might just find a new home for one of our dogs.



How are the dogs transported out of Romania?





Once
we've found a suitable foster or adoptive home outside Romania, we need
to prepare the dog for transporting. This involves obtaining a pet
passport, rabies injections, etc. We can then arrange a date to
transport the dog by road using the services of professional pet
transport organisations.



Will my dog by house trained?
This depends on the individual dog.  As these dogs are strays or
rescued from the Public Shelters, it's hard to tell.  The majority of
dogs that are fostered live in outdoor kennels rather than a home
environment.  Some dogs are totally clean from day one, especially if
they have come from a home environment in the past, others are not, so
it is better to be prepared.

 Do I have to come to Romania to collect a dog that I want to adopt?

No, transportation arrangements will be made as part of the adoption process (see above) (eg, UK, Holland etc), although you may have to arrange travel to a pick up point to collect your dog.  This will be discussed prior to adoption.


Would my dog be vaccinated?

Of course.  In order for us to obtain a pet passport and a certificate stating the dog is fit to travel, all dogs will receive the necessary vaccinations (including rabies), microchipping, worming and flea treatments as required.


Do you have any advice for settling in a rescue dog?

Time and love.  A lot of these dogs have had to fight to survive or have been abused in the past.  Once you collect your dog give it time and space to become accustomed to its new surroundings and for you to gain it's trust.  Don't overpower the dog with kisses and cuddles as it may easily become frightened.  Slowly and calmly is the way forward.  We are always on hand to provide advice if needed.


 If I adopt an older dog, can I still get pet insurance?

There are several companies that offer pet insurance for older dogs, so this should not be an issue.