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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Ownedbymany, Jun 13, 2017.


  1. Ownedbymany

    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Does anyone know any rescues that will consider homes with really small children?

    I know someone (fab owner) who is really struggling to find anywhere.
     
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    Whereabouts are they / how far can they travel ?
     
  3. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Problem is that most rescue dogs have little to no history, so won't rehome to families with very young children for safety reasons. If the dog can be fostered it can then be 'child tested', but that is not fool proof and a crawling baby can easily upset a snoozing dog accidentally, and babies can't read dog body language so have no idea that a lip-lick, curled lip, or growl means "go away". It's not just children upsetting dogs either, a lot of rescues are lacking in socialisation and training, so may accidentally hurt a child by knocking them over or trampling on them when over excited. Good rescues are VERY cautious about rehoming to families with young children, and rightly too. However you will find some with dogs that have been handed over through no fault of their own and are good with kids, and puppies get handed in fairly often too, so it's certainly possible to find the right dog for your friend.
    Big rescues like RSPCA are unlikely to even consider them, so try local small rescues and get their name down so that if a suitable dog comes along they are already registered. I volunteer in rescue and getting a home check and doing everything to be ready when a dog comes along is the best way, as a lot of dogs don't get advertised of there are already suitable homes on record.
     
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    There is another way to look at this. These friends, how attached to their children are they?
     
  5. Ownedbymany

    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    I don't think distance would be an issue for them as they both drive but I'm not sure if that would affect home checks. They are in the Midlands.
     
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    You could try Breed specific rescues.

    They normally know from what circumstances dogs for rehoming have come and may well have dogs which have lived happily with small children.

    For instance, when I co-ordinated the PRT Rescue years ago, I rehomed a one year old male, whose owners had separated. Dad had kept the young children but felt overwhelmed and couldn't care for the dog. The children were five and three and it was clear when I visited that the dog adored them.
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    This is why I'm asking here. They've tried a couple of smaller rescues so far so we are looking for one who will definitely consider a younger child and match an appropriate dog up.

    The family are dog savvy but prefer an older dog.
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Thank you. They have already tried a couple of breed specific rescues but so far they won't rehome to anyone with a child under 8. This is why we are asking if there are any that will consider younger children and match an appropriate dog.
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    what on earth is that supposed to mean?
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    If rescues are willing to re-home nationally, they usually work with home checkers from other rescues in the person's home area so transport costs are not a problem...it's often very give and take in rescues.

    So don't be put off looking further a field...if they say they do not have a catchment area.. go for it.
     
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    RGT or Many Tears?
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    which is great and we will but smaller rescues don't always have websites that rank well hence asking for suggestions. They are prepared to wait for the right dog but really wanting to get the ball rolling with Home checks etc
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Brilliant thank you.
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Smaller rescues are just as good, as long as they are not funny about catchment areas...my friend has done so many home checks for some little known rescues and for a variety of dogs, not just sighthounds..
    At the end of the day, most home checkers want to see ANY dog in good homes. So they will put themselves out to help. Rescues know the protocol, and will contact rescues in the area...send their paperwork via email.
    This is how breed rescues, end up helping other rescues out and vice versa. Some are friendlier than others, but the bigger picture is many will gladly help each other in times of need.
     
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    Kennel club lists rescues

    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findarescue/

    We have a 5 yr old and found the same, I would strongly advise you only rehome a dog that is child friendly and has been around children- preferably can be seen with children.

    Secondly a crate to keep dog at meal times- avoid potential conflicts over food.

    Lastly it is easy to get complacent and leave dog round children, unsupervised is a BAD idea.

    While our puppy dog is soft as, it just isn't worth the risk of child doing something unsupervised and having a disaster.
    Example:- sleep aggression.

    A crated dog can have a place it can take itself if it has had enough and security of a den and secure place when children are eating etc.

    A dog can be a rewarding pet for children as long as potential flash points are avoided.
     
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    A couple of rescues which I think rehome with children are Joeys Legacy, Lab Rescue North West and Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue. There is also Rosedene in Walsall think those rescues consider the dogs back ground if known.

    Our rescue doesn't rehome with young children as many of our dogs are ex strays or have very little history .

    Dogsblog website is a good resource for looking for rescue dogs by certain criteria ie good with children .. see the link

    http://www.dogsblog.com/tag/good-with-children/
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    but I never said they aren't as good!
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    It's not for me.
    The couple have had dogs before with child.
    As said above they are very dog savvy.
    I wouldn't be trying to help them if they were idiots.
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Thank you. This is very helpful :)
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Am out...

    Have tried to put your mind at rest how rescues work with home checks, big or small no matter where they are in the country...

    You have picked up on tiny bits of information and been dismissive.
     
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