Who we are and what we do
Welcome to The Responsible Dog Rescue!
The Responsible Dog Rescue was established in 2019 by Rachael O’Regan, as an independent rescue passionate about saving dogs responsibly both in the UK and internationally. We are a Community Interest Company, and our charity status is pending (application submitted 2 March 2020).
How are we different?
- All adult dogs go into assessment with experienced fosterers prior to adoption. This is costly for us but we believe adult dogs must be assessed in a home before they are adopted.
- We only work with responsible rescuers who we visit regularly to see the dogs and the conditions they are kept in. We will not work with a rescuer until we have visited them.
- Our main transport from Romania is run by a qualified vet who travels with the dogs.
- We provide far more vaccinations than are legally required. This is so our dogs arrive healthy.
- We have full public liability insurance and employers’ liability insurance for both our volunteers and our fosterers.
- Our home checks are undertaken by The Animal Team, a national charity, who only work with the most responsible rescues, or by our own team of trained Volunteers.
- We provide full, lifetime rescue backup.
FOSTER : It is free to foster. All we ask is that you provide food, bedding, worming and flea treatments, lead, harness, toys, treats and lots of love! The Responsible Dog Rescue will cover the necessary medical costs of the dog while in foster.
ADOPTION : Our minimum adoption donation in England and Wales is £410 for puppies/dogs up to 1 year old, £380 for dogs 1 – 8 years old and £360 for dogs over 8 years old. There is a £35 premium for dogs in Scotland. We are not charging anything for the dog itself – the adoption donation covers all vaccinations, spay/neuter for dogs over 9 months old, microchipping, vet check, pet passport, Brexit charges (export and import licences, and VAT) and transport to your door (unless you live in a remote area when we ask you to meet at a pickup point).
We are a Not For Profit organisation. The minimum adoption donations do not cover the costs we incur on the dogs who need long term medical care, rehabilitation and other support. We also supply food to the shelter in Romania, for the dogs who have not been lucky enough to get foster or adoption homes in the UK. If you are able to pay a little more than the minimum adoption donation, or to make a separate donation, we (and the dogs) would be so grateful. Thank You.
Please consider us. We aren’t the biggest rescue. That is deliberate. We want to provide tailored support to our adopters and fosterers and we do this by making sure we don’t over-extend ourselves.