Rehome a Cavalier
Care of an Older
Care of a Rescue Cavalier
home to one of the rescue dogs is a commitment which, hopefully you have given
a lot of thought and careful consideration to. This commitment could be as long
as 10 - 12 years, or as little as 1 - 2 years. However, your new Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel will be your wonderful, trusting, loyal companion and a member
of your family.
The majority of Cavaliers that we find suitable homes
for are usually between 4-8 years old. We do sometimes take charge of younger
ones and sometimes ones which are as old as 13 years. It is the older ones that
we desperately need new homes for.
You may feel that you are unable or
reluctant to give an older Cavalier the chance of a new life. Sometimes it
could be because you feel you could not bear the pain of losing an older dog
soon once you have become attached to it. Yes, it can be very painful, even
when they have only been with you a short time, and they leave a gaping wound
when they go.
However, think how much joy you could bring to an older
dog in its twilight years with your love that it might otherwise not have a
chance of, lots of cuddles and attention from you. They are trusting, needy and
totally dependent on you.
Older dogs can be just as rewarding as younger
ones; they can give so much and ask for so little, the rare and special bond,
the joy, along with the companionship they bring.
We also sometimes
find that it is best to keep a pair of dogs together, so if you could help in
this way, it would be greatly appreciated.
We do our best to match our
dogs with prospective new owners and provide new owners with as much
information on the background of the dog(s) as possible.
The way it
works Our procedure for applying for a dog from us is straightforward. We
ask you to contact us and fill in an application form with
some simple questions about you and your family, which goes to our welfare
coordinator. When the next rescue dog comes into our charge, it may be placed
in a temporary foster home and we will try to match the dog with any
applications that we have.
If we feel you are most suited, we will
contact you for a pre-adoption visit at a mutually convenient time. We would
also like to meet the other members of the family. If you feel the dog offered
to you for adoption does not fit your needs, you are under no obligation to
have it. Similarly, we may feel that the dog is not suitable for you or vice
We are passionate about placing the dog in a suitable home, as after
all it has already had at least one traumatic change in its life. Therefore,
please be patient with us if that first dog is not the right one, we advise you
to wait until the right one comes along.
All being well and your new
found friend and companion arrives, you will be asked to sign some adoption
papers, one copy to be retained by you and one by us. The papers will state the
conditions that you agree to abide by.
We request that any dogs or bitches
re-homed through the welfare service must not be used for breeding or at stud.
Any registration papers etc. remain the property of the welfare service as
does the Cavalier, so if at any time you are not able to continue to look after
the dog, you should contact the Cavalier welfare service.
When we place
a dog, we do request a donation towards our Rescue and Welfare service which is
run by a team of dedicated volunteers but we need the funds to help with
veterinary treatment, transport and boarding costs. Sometimes we rescue dogs
which have been neglected by previous owners and left in a bad condition and
require extensive veterinary treatment before it can be re-homed.
are sometimes asked to help contribute towards expensive veterinary costs for
existing Cavaliers with foster homes.
We have a No Destruction Policy,
unless the dog is aggressive and could not be possibly passed on to anyone else
or is so ill that it is cruel to keep the dog alive. This is obviously done
with veterinary advice.
If you haven't heard from us immediately, we
haven't forgotten you. It may just be that we do not have many dogs coming into
our charge, which is good news for us or that we feel the dogs that do come in
may be unsuitable to what you have put on your application form.
will always be happy to hear from you, but please keep phone calls to a minimum
if you are just enquiring as to whether any dogs are available.
also let us know if your circumstances have changed or that you have already
found a new friend through another rescue service. This would help us to keep
our records up to date, save us ringing you unnecessarily and saving money for
the Cavaliers that really need it.
We also welcome other offers of help
with our other fund raising events.
Finally, our heartfelt message to you
is that we believe that there is a loving new home for each and every one of
our less fortunate Cavaliers out there and we sincerely hope that it may be
Download a Rehoming Application