Once your Adoption Adoption form is completed and returned to us, we will open a chat with our frontline rescuer and foster carer, Elena Popa, in Romania. This gives you every opportunity to ask questions about the dog you are hoping will soon become part of your family. At the same time, Elena will ask questions about your family’s expectation of the dog. We aim to get things right from the start and this is an important factor. Elena will always provide photographs and videos of the dog in question so that you can see them interacting with each other, as well as with people and, indeed, the Popa family resident cats.
All being well from the chat and both sides are satisfied that this is indeed the dog that is suitable for your family, we request a Home Check. We use two outside agencies to carry out home checks. Once we receive the home check report back, we will again liaise with you to arrange a travel date to the UK. Our transporter delivers dogs to the new UK homes every fortnight; leaving Romania on the Thursday and entering the UK on the Saturday. Pick up locations and eta will be provided on the Thursday once transport have ascertained their particular route for the run.
At this stage we will ask you to send your adoption fee to Elena in order that she can start the necessary preparation for travel. The adoption fee is for England and Wales £360 + £50 customs charges (£430 + £50 for Scotland). Neutering is an additional £70 which is a fraction of what it would cost in the UK. We aim to neuter wherever possible, but there are occasions when puppies are too young (they have to be a minimum of four months old to travel). In these circumstances, we write a clause into the Adoption Agreement that the adopter undertakes to get the puppy neutered as soon as he/she is old enough. RACE make absolutely no profit from rehoming our dogs; the adoption fee simply covers transportation to the UK, legal documentation for immigration into the UK, passport, microchipping and all necessary vaccinations. The Paypal address for the fee is firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you send the payment as Friends and Family as this ensures that a commission is not deducted. Goods and Services do not apply because we are not selling the dogs.
A pick up location and eta will be supplied to you as your dog leaves Romania and their way home to you. You will be added to a Transport Chat which will keep you updated of progress and/or any unexpected delays. We ask that you adopters do not enter into a general chat on the Transport Chat, or keep asking questions, as this distracts the driver. He has the dogs’ welfare and safety to think about at all times – just as it should be. We strongly recommend, where possible, children and other pets are not brought along when collecting your new dog. In the event this is unavoidable, a CRATE IS A MUST. We ask that you bring along a strong harness and slip lead when collecting your dog from transport. Fresh water supplies and some freshly cooked chicken are also welcomed by the weary travellers too! These guidelines are in place to protect the safety and well-being of the dog, the driver/passengers in your vehicle and other road users. Do not attempt to walk your dog in the collection area or on the way home. It is very important to contact Petlog (0844 4633 999) to register your pets microchip into their system - the cost is £17.
Please do read Settling In Your New Family Member. This is to make sure your dogs will be safe when you collect them and listen to the advice our rescuer, Elena Popa, gives you as she has had many years and experience of dealing with these dogs and does understand them; please don’t think you know better - a new dog in your home, such an important member, has many needs, but the most important one is safety.