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post 26th Mar 2005, 7:37 pm
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Epsom Canine Rescue was formed in 1995 to specialise in unwanted and subsequently neglected dogs within the local vicinity.

Its principle role is the rescue and re-homing of unwanted and stray canines, undertaking veterinary treatment if necessary prior to sourcing a suitable new home. Any animals in distress that we are unable to deal with directly, due to our limited size and resources, are referred immediately to other specialist organisations.

All potential new homes are checked thoroughly before the dog is released into their care, and subsequent follow-up calls are made to ensure the animal settles and to eliminate any problems that may arise. We are encouraging the use of foster homes (and are always on the lookout for more) during the re-homing process and tend to use the kennels as a last resort. We never destroy a healthy dog.

All the activities are carried out on a purely voluntary basis and financed soley by self generated funds and your contributions, monetary or otherwise. We are currently in desperate needs of foster homes and volunteers- anyone interested in helping should contact us at nikki@epsomcaninerescue.co.uk or phone on 01883 334515 (FOR DOGS) AND 01737 555181 (FOR CATS). When leaving messages by e-mail/answerphone please leave a landline telephone number rather than mobile numbers to help keep the charity's costs down. Thankyou I'm Sorry but part of our Policy, is we do not rehome our dogs to people with children under the age of 7 Years.


We re-home within Approx 20 miles of Reigate ONLY due to the size of the rescue.

Ryan

Epsom Canine Rescue

Reg Charity: 1053092

nikki@epsomcaninerescue.co.uk


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post 26th Mar 2005, 7:54 pm
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Thinking of Adopting a Rescue Dog?
By Juile Pett ChMIACE- Pet Behaviourist

So you decide you’d like to get a dog! What do you do first? What kind of dog would you like as an addition to your family? Where do you start to look?
So many questions..
Adopting a dog can be a thoroughly rewarding experience, however for those that have never adopted before it can be a difficult time where there seems so many questions and not many answers! The following is a guide for those that decide they wish to help a dog by adopting from a rescue.
Which is the right dog for you?
It is a common problem we all face when we enter a rescue kennels. Every dog either looks so appealing or has such a sad tale that we want to take them all home! But we can’t! Because of this it is wise to ask yourself some questions before going to look at any dog.
What size of dog would fit in with your family?
Do you want a male or female companion?
Would you wish for a specific breed or a mixed breed?
Long coat or short?
How much time would you have to give your new companion?
Do you want a pet that is still young and needs training or would an adult with basic training fit in better?
Does you new companion need to be:
Good with children?
Good with other pets?
Good with strangers?
If you think carefully about the answers to these questions you will find you already have a start in finding the right dog that will fit in your family. If you go out to work everyday a puppy may be the wrong decision for you, an older dog is already housetrained and used to being left maybe better suited. As much as a collie or collie cross might be an unwise decision, collies are after all working dogs and left at home for the majority of the day may become board and destructive. Each breed after all had been bred for a purpose and this is something else to consider.
There are of course collies that are happy to be left alone whilst their owners go out to work and are probably very happy. But please do consider rescue centres the country are full with waiting lists for dogs needing a safe place until a new home can be found and many of the dogs in rescue are of a young age that have been placed in rescue cause the simply didn’t fit in with the families they came from.
From the many years I have spent working in rescue centres I can tell you that I have heard the same stories again and again! The German Shepherd they got as a pup but then as he matured he started guarding the home/kids/wife etc, the collie puppy they got from a farm that started rounding up and “nipping” the kids/cats etc. If you are interested in a particular breed please do research what the breed was originally bred for! Speak to owners of the dogs, speak to breeders, and speak to the staff at the rescue centres. Remember you are choosing a pet that is going to be with you for many years and with that in mind the best start is choosing the right dog for you and your family.
So now you have asked yourself lots of questions and you have a better idea of the dog that would be right for you. You are now ready to contact you local rescue centres and now is the time to be asking someone else the questions!!!
There are many rescue centres around the country from large national charities to smaller well-run charities. You need to know about the rescue you are looking to adopt your new pet from. Find out before you go to see the dogs what would be required from you and what support will they offer you once you have you new companion at home. Many rescues will wish to visit you at home to do a “home check”, this is common practise in many rescues. Find out what their requirements are and do remember that you are not being scrutinised! The people who work in and run these charities are just making sure that each dog that has been unfortunate to end up in rescue gets the right home!
Most centres require a donation when you adopt a dog. Find out how much and consider how much you could donate! You are not so much buying the dog but assisting the rescue to continue to help other unfortunate dogs that will be waiting to find their “special home”
You may or may not be asked to provide a vets recommendation if you have had a dog before. Every vet I know has been happy to do this. And please do find out what support you can expect to receive if you do encounter any problems settling your new pet in. Many charities now have a behaviourist or trainer that can be called on for advice in the early days, this can be a lifeline if you do encounter any problems. Time to meet the dogs!
This is the biggest step and one where many people forget all the hard work they have already put in!
You have a good idea of what dog will suit your family. You have two children so want a dog that’s good with them. You already have a cat so that’s important to. You work two days a week for four hours so a dog that is used to being left would be better……
Then you walk in and see the puppy! So cute
This is where many people forget everything and let their heart rule their head. If you lucky it will all work out. If however problems start to arise they soon can escalate until the situation becomes impossible.
Stick to the decisions you have made regarding choosing a dog that is suitable for you. Ask about the dogs. Talk to the staff, many of the dogs will have some history and this wil help you make the right decision. If the dogs are strays and have no history then you will still be able to find out about temperament and what the dog has been since he or she arrive there from the staff. Do not choose an appearance alone, its not just the dogs looks you have to live with! Find out if you are allowed to take the dog out of the kennel for a walk. Sadly you don’t always get the right impression of a dog just by looking at him or her in the kennel. Above all if you are unsure in any way do not make a decision! Go home, think about it and perhaps go back a few times to walk the dog you think is right for you.
When you have decided and chosen your new pet. Be prepared! Have everything you think you will need before collecting your new pet. Do you need collar and lead? Identification tag? Food/water dishes? Beds? Find out what diet the dog is on at the centre. Decide where you want your new dog to sleep and have his or her bed in place ready, your dog will settle easily if everything is in place before he or she gets there!!
It also will help if you decide “house rules” before you take your pet home! Is he allowed upstairs? On the furniture? Under the dinner table whilst you eat? Start as you mean to go on! It is very unfair to a dog to be allowed to sleep on your bed for the first week (just because you feel sorry for him) and then after that he gets shut in the kitchen at night.
It is also a good idea to make some extra time for your new pet, can you have a few days off work to settle him in? Be warned though if you are going to have to leave your pet alone at home make sure you do so from the start. Even if you have a few days off to settle him in make sure he is used to you popping out for a few minutes every now and then, then gradually increase the time you leave him alone. Most of all take things slowly and allow your pet to settle in. Never punish him for any mistakes he makes, just ignore what he did wrong and make sure you let him know when he gets thing right!
Most importantly… Well Done and Enjoy your new companion



Ryan
Epsom Canine Rescue
Reg Charity: 1053092
nikki@epsomcaninerescue.co.uk


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post 17th Aug 2009, 5:53 pm
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JAZZ

BREED: LURCHER

SEX: FEMALE

AGE: 12 MTHS APPROX

COLOUR: BLACK

DOG FRIENDLY: YES

CAT FRIENDLY: UNKNOWN

CHILDREN FRIENDLY: YES

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This beautiful one year old female came into rescue with a badly set broken leg, which then had to be amputated. She has adjusted extremely well to life on three legs and can outrun all her dog friends with four. She would be good with children and would love to participate in family life. She is living with an older dog already, so mixes well with other dogs.

Lurchers are very lively dogs and if you have had any previous experience of this type, it could be an advantage.

For more info please call Heather on 0208 657 0327

JAZZ IS A PRIVATE RESCUE AND IN FOSTER WITH A FRIEND OF EPSOM CANINE RESCUE

Ryan
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nikki@epsomcaninerescue.co.uk
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post 10th Nov 2009, 10:57 pm
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ALL DOGS CORRECT AND UPDATED 10/11/09

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All Epsom Dogs now updated - sorry its taken a while I have had problems getting onto the forum
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