we saw Mr Pickles on pupsneedinghome website and emailed them to put in a intrest, they emailed back saying that we could go and meet him as we fitted the needs of this pup, needless to say we fell in love with him and wanted him, the only problem being that i was due to go into hospital for an operation that week, but after the home check was clear gemma offered to look after him at her house so we could have him when i got out of hospital even though this was not the normal practise, Now Mr Pickles is 4 years old on thursday and the best thing that has happened to us. Pupsneeding homes were fantastic to us and really went the extra mile, i am glad that they have strict policies as it means that the dogs go to the right homes, Lots of dogs are given a second chance of a loving home due to the love, care and dedication of these people and without them we would not have our loving, furry, funny Mr Pickles x
Lost an elderly much loved collie (with us 18 years) and was looking for a replacement, when i came across this website. They had a puppy arriving that looked ideal, so completed the application form and they rang to say they could do our home check. The home check went smoothly with the checker obviously happy to see how happy and healthy our other dogs were.
We then arranged to see the puppy - we had to wait a couple of days after he arrived from Ireland so that they could properly assess him before we could meet. Ideally they like all the family to visit as taking a dog/puppy must be a joint family decision, not a single whim. We met, feel in love and he has now been with us a year. He has been the most super addition to our family, and came used to a home, family and cats which is a big bonus unlike many dogs rescued from the larger animal rescue centres where necessity means the dogs are kept in kennels. Thank you
We respected everything about this organisation and didn't consider ourselves as "something special" for offering a home. Quite the opposite. We had been recommended from someone who couldn't have been happier. We knew at the end of it all the dogs welfare was paramount not ours! The dogs had been through enough. Gemma couldn't have been lovelier.Yes they have rules and regs thank goodness, otherwise these dogs could end up in a worse situation after an already bad start in life! Otis now Finlay has been part of the family since day one. It wasn't easy getting us all together to meet him but we did it because we so wanted to. We will never forget meeting him at Gemmas and then when I text in the afternoon to say we were so excited and had everything ready for him she went out of her way to do a home check and then bring him to us earlier than planned. Rescue dogs do need that bit more consideration with everything and every day we take another big step forward in his training. I suggest if you can't cope with PNH procedures at the beginning then you are not the right person for a rescue dog or come to that any dog. We look forward to adding another PNH member to our family when the time is right. Thanks all.
We adopted Pepper from Pupsneeding homes last May. Realising that taking on a rescue dog it not something done lightly, we spent a lot of time researching, the web and speaking to rescue centres, reviews, history and came back time again to their website. The dogs rescues are kept in foster homes, who really get to know the dogs in an home environment and what sort of home would be best for them. This knowledge meant they were the best people to know that we would be a good home (we have older children and one of us is at home during the day for Pepper, a very lively, sturdy terrier mix with a very low boredom threshold).
We are so glad we chose Pupsneedinghomes, their reasons for matching us with Pepper were explained, and proved to be spot on. They continued to support us with email advice as Pepper settled with us.
Now belonging to Pupsneedinghome facebook group, we realised how much time, effort and care is put into looking after these dogs voluntarily by the team, the very reasonable amount asked for as an adoption fee is nothing compared to the amount in transport , vets fees, food, bedding and comforts needed by the dogs. The team also spend their unpaid time fundraising as well.
We would throughly recommend Pupsneedinghomes to anyone who is interested in giving their time, love and home to a dog who they suit , not just a dog that suits them. If someone finds themselves unhappy with a rescue centre because they haven't been able to 'shop' for a dog, I would recommend they go to a breeder and spend lots of money ordering a dog to their 'specifications' rather than risk not being happy with a rescue dog and end up not improving the life of an animal who has not had the best start, which is, surely, the whole point of wanting to rescue.
I have now rescued 2 gorgeous puppies from Pupsneedinghomes. On both occasions they were very helpful and frinedly and effciently with there emails. Are home check was done very quickly and was very efficient. my dogs had a poor start to life but as soon as they were handed to pupsneedinghomes they were loved and very well cared for. Poppy was poorly so they kept her and gave her lots of tlc and we collceted her once she was well enough. I always reccommend them to friends and family. They do a fantastic job and i cant thank them enough for my gorgeous girls.
We did not know them when we first come across them, we were looking for a new dog to join our household. Even so we have had dogs from Battersea and the Mayhew before, they insisted on having a home check done. Despite them being in East Sussex, they arranged a homecheck through a network of volunteers for us in London.
All they dogs are kept in foster care, no kennels, so they are socialist (to a point) already when they come to you. Many are introduced to cats whilst in fosterr. A massive plus!
What impresses me most is the love they show for every dog they rescue. They are brave enough to say no to people they do not think are suitable and they stay in touch afterwards to make sure that the dog they have re-homed continues to be ok.
Thank you for rescuing Sky, thank you for every dog you take in.
and if you do not believe my word - look at our dog! http://www.facebook.com/skytheblindbordercollie
We set our sights on one of the dogs on their website, filled in the form and arranged a home check. Conscious that I didn't know anything about the dog, I thought it reasonable / sensible to phone up and ask a few questions - I'm glad I did as the advert painted a totally different picture to what the woman described on the phone. After a ten minute conversation she told me that if the home check was ok, we could see the dog at the weekend and take her home on the day if we liked her.
Two days before the meeting, I received an email to simply say "you're not experienced enough for this dog" - no explanation as to why. Having owned dogs for 30 years and in the past competed in high level obedience and agility shows; worked in rescue centres and vet surgeries myself, I found this very upsetting. But she advised still having the homecheck done as they would maybe have other dogs more suitable. There were a few on the website, but with very brief, generic write ups, so it was difficult to gain a good insight as to who would suit us. I was told I could only see one dog, not two, so had to make a quick decision despite them being in the same place!! This felt very odd - I wasn't asking them to 'reserve' the dog, as to be honest - as long as the dog gets a home, it doesn't matter if it's me or someone else - once that happens, more can be rescued!
Homecheck was done the following day and we were told we could offer a wonderful home for a dog. I was totally honest with the homechecker and asked her if we could use her report for other rescue centres should this one not work out, as we were back to square one with our search really, having had the original dog we thought we wanted taken away. She told us that "rescue centres work together" and so of course we could share the report - the other rescue centre just needed to email pupsneeding homes. She even told us about a dog that she knew locally that was looking for a home. This was a nice, sensible attitude from her, and mirrored that of Foal Farm, where they said it was important to match the right dog to the right owners, rather than go 'internet dating' and be forced to take something from a photo and a few sentences!
As we were travelling quite far to pupsneedinghomes the following day to meet the 'new dog' that I knew nothing about, I thought it sensible to visit another centre on the same day which was practically next door. Knowing that we were looking to take on a life time commitment, I wanted to make sure that we found a dog that we had a good connection with - I didn't care what shape / size / breed it was, but wanted to see at least a couple of dogs in the flesh, rather than just go on the website photo. The other rescue centre obviously emailed pupsneedinghomes to confirm that we were 'valid' and afterwards, I then received the RUDEST trail of emails I've ever received, basically branding us as 'timewasters', 'dog shoppers' and to inform us that as we were going to see a few dogs, they had cancelled our appointment.
It was an incredibly upsetting experience and I don't think the women that run this 'rescue centre' are entirely sane - yes they probably love the animals, but they have absolutely no people skills and have to realise that the best charities can reach their goals (i.e. stopping more dogs dying) by treating their 'customers' (i.e those who are offering up homes) with respect. Having worked in a rescue centre before in Russia where the dogs literally had days left to live, we most certainly would have NEVER treated potential homes with such rude manners - we were always grateful that the dogs were getting a second chance and not being pts.... We rehomed many dogs by streamlining our processes and not being so fussy - as overall, you had to look at the alternative that the dog would have - DEATH!! Having a good experience with an animal shelter meant that the word would be spread about adopting rather than buying - it all helped to try and stop the problem in the first place.
This rescue home could have very easily put a lot of people off rehoming rescue dogs as no one in their right mind deserves to be treated like they treated me. For this, they are doing a disgrace to the animals rather than trying to get as many homes as possible. No matter what you do in life, there is no harm in treating people well - it's surprising what comes out as a result. These people seem to a hatred for the human race. For what it's worth, had I used their home check for another rescue, I had intended to give them a rather large donation towards their work, but this has now gone to the centre that we eventually used to get our gorgeous dog who we picked up last week.
My advice would be to stay clear of this place and go to a centre where they actually have the right intentions. I will still be taking this further with the authorities to check that they are fully aware of this shambles of an organisation.
I enquired about a puppy and was asked to visit at the weekend. As my husband was working away at the time, I asked if it might be better if both of us visited when he returned mid-week. I was warned that the puppy might be rehomed, so I asked if I could visit with another family member at the weekend - as originally suggested - but received no reply. I didn't want to pester them, so on Sunday evening I asked if I could visit on Wednesday and received a terse 4-word response: 'Bella has been re-homed.' When I said I would try another rescue centre, I received the following reply: 'You will need to be less hesitant next time then. As we are all very busy. Good luck.'
Granted, any organisation that helps to find homes for rescue animals is to be congratulated, but their ability to deal with human beings leaves much to be desired. I have read some of their responses to other complaints and feel that some training or basic manners might not go amiss. They should have the humility to learn from feedback.
I too lost a beloved family dog recently and found my experience with this 'organisation' deeply upsetting. It is extraordinary that people think they have the right to be so rude and discouraging with people who are more than willing to offer homes to unwanted animals. Shocking and unprofessional. What exactly do they hope to achieve?
We recently adopted a dog from these kind, caring people. Their policy of fostering prior to homing results in dogs who are at home in a family environment, and allows them to get to know the dogs, describe their characters and this match them to the right prospective owners
I found the website helpful and informative. The adoption process was thorough but efficient. Seeing a rescue dog in a home environment is so much better than at a kennels. I found the people probing but honest with the best interests of the dogs at heart and appreciate this. I waited until I was ready to visit etc. before applying. We love our little rescue dog and are grateful to the care given to her before she was entrusted to us. Many thanks to Pups Needing Homes.
We were looking for a companion for our dog who has a number of health problems. Initially I visited a number of kennels but was not able to get a good picture of the dog because of the environment. I decided to focus my search on rescues that took all their dogs into foster homes. That way you could be more certain about their temperament and whether they were comfortable living with children, cats, other dogs and if they liked to chew or could be left etc. I found them to be very helpful. All contact initially was via e-mail. I chose a dog to visit and they recommended another to us as they thought he might possibly fit in better. We were able to see both dogs in a home setting with our existing dog. They were right about the dogs we were looking at. The one we liked was too dominant and we fell in love with the other dog who was so good with our dog. Yes the process was quick- start to finish in under 2 weeks. However, if you are serious about getting a dog and are prepared to dog proof the garden before inspection it should not be a problem. We have a fantastic pet and would recommend this organisation to anyone who admires our dog.
my 15yr old collie passed away. The family was devastated but knew we could offer another collie a wonderful home. We saw a beautiful pup on this site. We rang but were hesitant as the rspca had suggested we do not go to an unregistered charity and to make sure our home was vetted- but we understand we were too far away to be vetted. The person in charge there was great. My daughter wanted to be thourough in gathering all the information, and emailed and phoned them a few times about a particular pup, which may have upset them. I was slow as I was still sad about my dog, but husband, daughter, son in law all on the ball. This all only happened in less then a week, we arranged to get a vet reference as we couldn't be visited. I got my act together. My daughter rang yesterday wednesday to say we would like to come down on sunday to see the pup, but suddenly they said they had others interested and that we were indecisive. This came as a real blow as i thought we were allowed a little time and to ask as many questions as we wanted as we take dog owning so seriously. It has been upsetting to me as I loved my dog so much and know he loved his life with us, and could offer the same to another.
I would recommend avoiding this site. When asked to view a particular dog with the view to rehoming it within a week -they became very! hostile. It makes you question why they will not reserve a dog for interested parties for one week - very unprofessional, they do not have the dogs best interest in mind - my advice use a 'proper' rescue centre where you can view the dogs and take your time to make sure that the dog and you match, in my opinion these people are obviously in it for the money and not the dogs welfare.
we were looking for a dog to become part of our family and we keep being drawn to this lovely web site. We adopted a beautiful puppy from the company and he is settling into our family really weel. The service provided is brilliant and i would recommend looking into this web site if you are seriously looking for a new family member.
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