The rehoming process
The initial stages of the re-homing process begin with you contacting one of the two rescue wardens (see below).
If you are unable to contact the warden for your own area of the country please try the other number, as both wardens liaise daily.
The warden will discuss with you over the phone your specific situation. Please see below for the sort of things we are concerned with, the sort of questions we would be asking and the areas we are interested in.
If, after talking it through with us, you decide you would still like to be considered for a Saluki, we will arrange a home visit. This will usually be carried out by an experienced Saluki owner and is an informal, friendly meeting. You will probably find that you would have already discussed several of the areas with the Welfare Warden prior to the home check visit.
This opportunity to discuss and revisit questions in your home is in order to ensure that both you and the dog will have the best chance of a happy and safe future and that the Saluki which is selected is the best match for you and your lifestyle. A good range of quality biscuits is always found to be an advantage in these situations.
If all goes well and both you and we are satisfied that you can offer a secure and loving home to one of our hounds, we will then talk to you about any Salukis that are currently in our care. If we have one that would seem to be suitable, you will be invited to go and meet the Saluki, and you may be asked to take with you any other dog that you have so that they can meet on neutral territory at either this first meeting or at further meets – whichever is agreed with you.
You will typically get the chance to have a chat, over a cup of tea, with the dog’s foster carer, when you will have an opportunity to ask questions and to learn as much as possible of what is known about your selected Saluki. If all parties are happy then arrangements can commence to plan for when you will take the Saluki home.
At this final stage, we ask for a donation, which enables us to continue our work. If at any stage in the Saluki’s later life it should become necessary to part with the dog, it is required that Saluki Welfare must be consulted.
After an initial request for contact is made (see email addresses below) we prefer to talk to prospective re-homers on the telephone rather than continue dialogue by email so please include a contact number for daytime and evening if possible.
Examples of welfare questions and concerns;
- General questions
- Have you ever owned a dog before?
- Have you ever owned a Saluki before?
- Do you have any other pets?
- Are any small animals safely secured in suitable housing?
- Your home
- Do you have a garden ?
- Is your garden securely enclosed ?
- How high are the fencing/hedging/gates?
- Where will the dog be housed whilst left?
- Type of property ie house, flat etc.
- Is your home owned or rented?
- If rented do you have landlords permission to own a dog?
- Your family
- How many adults in your home (Over 16)?
- How many children in your home (Under 16)?
- Your lifestyle
- Do you work?
- How many hours would the dog be left during a normal day?
- How often do you plan to walk your dog?
- Where do you plan to walk your dog?
- Collecting the dog
- Do you have your own transport ?
- Can you only travel a certain distance (Maximum Miles)
For South and West of England: Jacqueline O’Curry email@example.com
For North of England and Scotland: Christine Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org