Direct Adoption

Live further away from the centre and cannot drive down to adopt a dog? No problem!

We are introducing our direct adoption option which involves the dog being brought to you! This process is not available for every dog, and only specific dogs are allocated for this option. 

This is not an option for local adopters, this applies to applicants over 30 miles away from the rescue centre.

What is direct adoption?

You must be 100% sure on a dog if choosing direct adoption. If you are not comfortable with this you can opt for the usual long-distance adoption route.

Direct adoption is the option of not having to travel to the centre to adopt a dog - instead, we can have them travel up to yourselves once all the relevant checks and phone conversations etc have been made!

  • The application process remains the same and you will need to complete an application form on the site which must be approved.  You MUST have photo and address ID which you will be asked to send over.
  • Following this, you will have your first screening call with a member of the adoptions team who will find out what you're looking for and discuss your best match from the direct adoption dogs (see them below).
  • Once this has been completed you will be given another screening call to discuss what our adoption entails, book in the virtual home check, virtual viewing and discuss the costs for the direct transport to your home - please bear in mind that there will be added costs for this service, each postcode will have individual prices. The date for the drop-off will potentially be a different length of time to our usual long-distance process.
  • You will be sent the bank details to make the non-refundable deposit to hold your dog and secure your home check and at this point, you will receive the information on your chosen dog along with a support pack.
  • You will then have your virtual home check (you must be able to access FB or WhatsApp) which lasts around 1.5hrs if passed.
  • After this is complete you will have a 30-minute virtual viewing booked in with your matched and held dog - at this point, you are free to ask us any questions about the dog or ask for any support/advice that you need.
  • You can change your mind at any point and proceed with our normal long distance adoption which will involve coming up and viewing the dogs in person.
  • If you are happy to go ahead you will then receive your adoption contract and a travel date will be confirmed with you, you will need to pay the adoption donation and transport costs prior to the dog arriving with you.
  • Your dog will be driven to your door with their passport and your adoption packet - at this point, you must have a suitable lead, collar and ID tag to place on the dog, the transporter will use your slip lead to get the dog off of the transport for you.
  • Join the IDR support group and let us know how you're doing or if you need any help and support!

Not all of our dogs will cope well with being placed on transport and going straight into a home with new people. The dogs chosen for DA have a little more confidence than other Oakwood dogs.

  • There will be a £50 non-refundable donation to secure your virtual homecheck and virtual viewing (pending your home-check).
  • Adoption donations for dogs are as follows:
    • 0-11months - £350
    • 1yr-6yrs - £250
    • 7yrs-9yrs - £180
    • 10yrs+ - £50
    • (Rare/pure breeds - £350)
  • Transport costs: dependant on location

Direct Adoption Dogs

Direct Adoption is available for select dogs, below are the dogs that are currently at Oakwood awaiting their forever homes.

Click the dog's photo to find out more about them!

Iris

  • Kids: Over 13 years
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 4ft minimum

In foster with view to adopt

Pippa

  • Kids: Over 13 years
  • Dogs: Yes, small/med male
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 4ft minimum

In foster with view to adopt

Spirit

  • Kids: Over 14 years
  • Dogs: Yes, quiet calm male only
  • Cats: Yes (confident cat)

Fencing: 4ft minimum

Cappuccino

  • Kids: Over 10 years
  • Dogs: Yes, small/med male
  • Cats: No

Femcing: 5ft minimum

Blossom

  • Kids: Over 10 years (sensible)
  • Dogs: Yes, medium male
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 5ft minimum

McKenzie

  • Kids: Over 10 years (sensible)
  • Dogs: Yes, medium male
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 5ft minimum

Ela

  • Kids: Over 10 years
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 5ft minimum

Laddie

  • Kids: Over 13 years
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 5ft minimum

Angel

  • Kids: Over 12 years (sensible)
  • Dogs: Yes, medium male
  • Cats: No

Fencing: 5ft minimum

Is Direct Adoption the route for you?

Foster with a view to Adoption: Direct from Romania

Many of our supporters will know that we work with International Dog Rescue to save dogs from the Romanian kill-shelter, however, due to lack of space at the rescue many dogs do not get the opportunity to travel and find their forever homes quick enough which can result in a lot of deaths.

We are now working alongside IDR to offer foster with a view to adopt placements for dogs directly from the Calarasi shelter. If you are interested in adopting a dog directly from the shelter please read the information below...

What is Foster with a view to Adopt: Direct from Romania?

You must be 100% sure on a dog if choosing F2A: Romania. If you are not comfortable with this you can opt for the usual adoption routes with the dogs assessed at the rescue centre in Hull.

Foster with a view to adopt is in place for dogs travelling straight from the shelter to give them time to settle into the home before the fosterer decides to adopt the dog. This is not a temporary placement, if you choose this route you are looking to adopt the dog once the foster period is up.  *If you are only looking to foster temporarily unfortunately this is not for you.*

The foster period is 4 weeks, this will allow the dog to decompress in the home and start to bond with the owners. If you are happy and want to adopt within a week or two of your foster period all you need to do is let us know and we shall proceed straight to adoption. 

During the foster period you must treat the dog as your own. We will set up 5 weeks free insurance for you within this time, but if you are proceeding to adoption you need to look into taking out insurance around week 3 of your foster term.

You will be responsible for the care of the dog: feeding, cleaning, exercising if the dog is comfortable with this, flea/worming treatments, any medication needed and so on. This must be funded by the fosterer. 

You will need to reserve the dog to yourself which requires £100 of their overall adoption donation transferred over to the rescue prior to the dog's arrival. This will be deducted from their overall adoption donation and will hold the dog to you/your family. We will not look for other matches for the dog unless you specifically discuss with us. If you do not choose to adopt you will need to keep the dog in the home until we have another adopter lined up for them. The timescales for this can vary from a few days to a couple of months.

The £100 you transfer to reserve the dog to yourself is classed as a donation to the rescue, therefore it is non-refundable and non-transferrable if you change your mind as per the Charity Commission Rules on donations to charity.

  • Application: you must complete an application form with us via the standard way, local and long distance applicants are suitable for F2A. Just state on your form you are interested in F2A and the dog you’re interested in plus their 4 digit tag number.
      • Your application must be approved by the team before you are considered for F2A.
      • You must provide photo and address ID for all household members over 16 years of age.
  • Screening call(s): following application approval you will have 1-2 phone calls with the adoption team to discuss your application, expectations, and dog you’re potentially interested in. Please understand that very little/nothing will be known about the dog except for the information passed on the by vet from the shelter. You will also learn what adoption with us entails and book a virtual home check appointment if your call is successful.
  • Deposit/reservation: if the screening call(s) are passed you will be emailed the bank details to make the non-refundable deposit of £100 (dep on age of dog) to reserve your dog and secure your home check appointment. With this email you will receive information on what you need to prepare and get ready for the arrival of your dog and a support pack that you can use at any time.
  • Home check: home checks are virtual and must be completed via Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp – they last around 1.5hrs. Home checks are a mandatory requirement, any changes to the home/garden advised whilst your application is being assessed (prior to screening call) must be complete by this time.
  • F2A contract: if the home check is passed you will receive your foster to adopt contract via email (DocuSign). This must be returned to us within 24hrs of receiving it. This must be read carefully.
  • Travel: transports must be arranged with the shelter so may not be instant. It could be a few days or weeks before your dog can travel so you must be ready to take on a dog at any time. IDR must have their full sponsorship raised before they are accepted onto a ‘Happy Bus’. Once we know when your dog is travelling we will let you know and you will be added to the transport chat on Facebook Messenger so you can keep an eye on travel and arrival updates.

Please be aware that the transporters drive all through the night, so you may have your dog arrive at unsociable hours of the night. We recommend booking annual leave from work so that you are prepared and are not tired if you have work the next day.

  • Collection: Your dog will not be driven to your door, instead you will be notified of the closest drops and you will need to meet the drivers at the agreed location OR you are welcome to come and collect your dog from Oakwood Dog Rescue in Hull where the staff will take the dog off of the van for you and place the lead/collar and ID tag on and put them in your crate before giving the dog to you with their passport and anything else your dog needs.
  • Taking them home: Upon collection as stated, you must have a crate in the car to place them in, you must also have a slip lead to pass to the driver/staff. This is non-negotiable.
    • You will need to have a collar, ID tag, and regular lead ready at home to put on the dog when they are more settled.
    • The dog needs to be let out of the crate in the house and left to explore without people trying to interact with them. Some may not be suitable to go straight outdoors so you can keep them in overnight and then let them out the next day when they are a little more used to the house.
  • After-care: Join the IDR support group and let us know how you're doing or if you need any help and support!
    • The Adoption Team will contact you after your first night, first and second week to ask how everything is going and if you need any help.
  • Adoption: If we do not hear from you by the end of your 4 weeks regarding adoption the Adoption Team will contact you at the end of your foster period to arrange this.
    • You will receive your adoption contract via email, same as before which must be signed and returned to us. At this point the remainder of their adoption donation must be paid.
    • Following adoption your dog's microchip will be changed into your details. If you change the dog's name in this time, please let us know so the chip is up to date.

You can change your mind at any point and proceed with either the Direct Adoption option (see above) or you can follow the local or long distance process for dogs that are currently in the UK and are at the rescue centre.

If you choose to wait for the dog you're specifically interested in to travel to the UK and do not want to go ahead with this process we cannot guarantee that the dog will come to us as IDR have multiple rescue partners - the dog could be placed in a completely different rescue which could be outside of Hull.

Rehoming info: (please also read our rehoming requirements as all apply)

  • Never been in a home: the dog will be very frightened of appliances, noises and even areas in the home. They have no toilet training so will have accidents in the house. Following transport, they will be very stressed for a few days/weeks after arrival.
  • No guarantees: we cannot guarantee how they will behave in the home, they may cry, be destructive, hide, have issues with toilet training. We cannot guarantee their response to people/children, other dogs, cats, small animals, cars, bikes etc.
  • Lead training: the dogs will not be able to go for walks right away. They need lots of practice in the home and garden. We cannot guarantee how they will behave on a lead and you may need to seek a positive reinforcement trainer to help you.
  • Training: the dogs will have no basic or recall training. You will be sent some basics following your foster period; however, it is likely you will need to attend training sessions in future.
  • Bathing: the dogs spend 3-4 days sat on a van and smell horrendous when they arrive. You must refrain from bathing them until they have started to trust you and you can fully handle them.
  • Kids: must be 13+ (unless stated otherwise) and sensible. They must give the dog space and refrain from handling the dog in the first few days unless the dog initiates interaction themselves. Even the friendliest dogs can snap under pressure.Remember, these are ex-street dogs coming straight from the shelter, we are not aware of any handling, guarding  or reactivity issues.
  • Dogs: if you have a dog in the home already you will only be considered for a dog of the opposite sex. We cannot provide a full assessment with dogs in the shelter due to dogs living in survival mode. You must separate the dogs overnight or when unsupervised until you are 100% sure they get on together. Interactions must be monitored but you must expect spats between them. You must be committed to working on their relationship and not make a knee-jerk decision to return the dog if they do have arguments with your current dog.
  • Cats: none of the dogs are cat-tested therefore cannot live with cats.
  • Fencing: must be 5ft minimum unless specified on their profile card.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You will not meet the dog until you collect it from transport. You must give the dog a chance and you must give yourself a chance to bond with it before making any rational decisions.
  • The ages and sizes of the dogs are approximations, they may be older, younger, smaller or bigger than what you expected when you meet them.
  • You must commit to a minimum of 4 weeks and work on any issues you have in this time. Some dogs will take longer than your foster period to settle into the home so you must be prepared to throw out any expected timescales for progress. You need to have a lot of time and patience to give a shelter dog a home.

If you choose this path you must understand that you are taking on an unknown quantity. 

  • There will be a £100 non-refundable donation to book your virtual homecheck and reserve the dog (dependant on age) this is deducted from the totals below.
  • Adoption donations for dogs are as follows:
    • 0-11months - £350
    • 1yr-6yrs - £250
    • 7yrs-9yrs - £180
    • 10yrs+ - £50
    • (Rare/pure breeds - £350)

To find out more about our Romanian dogs please click here: Rommies

All the dogs below are currently in the Calarasi public shelter. Please click the arrows to see more photos, to apply scroll to the end of the page.

All information known about them is written on their profiles

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Millie [8750] Female

  • Kids 14+
  • Dogs: S/M male only
  • Cats: No

- Friendly but a bit on the shy side

- Small/medium size

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Domino [8631] Sex Unknown

  • Kids 13+
  • Dogs: Unknown
  • Cats: No

- Friendly

- Small/medium size

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Lulu [8596] Female

  • Kids 14+
  • Dogs: M/L male only
  • Cats: No

- Wants to come over but shy

- Medium/large size

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Elsa [8595] Female

  • Kids 13+
  • Dogs: Med male only
  • Cats: No

- Sweet

- Medium size (short/stocky)

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Lucy [8575] Female

  • Kids 13+
  • Dogs: M/L male only
  • Cats: No

- Sweet

- Medium collie size

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Arlo [8719] Male

  • Kids 11+ (Boisterous)
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No

- Very friendly

- Medium/large size

Fencing: 6ft minimum

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No name [8746] Male

  • Kids 14+
  • Dogs: Medium female only
  • Cats: No

- Shy and needs a quiet home

- Medium size (short/stocky)

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Watson [8735] Male

  • Kids 13+
  • Dogs: Unknown
  • Cats: No

 

- Medium/large  size

Fencing: 5ft minimum

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Crystal [8571] Female

  • Kids 14+
  • Dogs: Unknown
  • Cats: No

 

- Medium/large size

Fencing: 5ft minimum

Is Foster to Adopt: Direct from Romania the route for you?