Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take dogs for rehoming?
How can I hand in a dog for rehoming?
I've filled in an adoption questionnaire. Why haven't you contacted me yet?
We only adopt our Pound Hounds out to the homes which best suit their needs and personalities, to give them the best chance at finding their forever home. Please do not be offended if your adoption application for a particular dog is unsuccessful.
I want a particular breed. Can you contact me when you have one?
Are the dogs free? How much does it cost to rehome a dog?
Every dog adopted from Pound Hounds Rescue is:
- Vet Checked
- Registered with Waipa District Council
How do I know your dogs are safe to adopt?
Firstly they are assessed by the WDC Animal Control team. If the dog is deemed safe by them for rehoming, then they contact us. We physically meet and assess every dog ourselves before deciding whether or not it will be suitable for going into foster care. If at any stage the dog shows aggression to humans, it is not accepted as suitable to rehome.
Once the dog is in foster care, our foster parents send us weekly updates on how the dog is doing. Each dog is then reassessed by us after 4 weeks in their foster home and we decide from there whether the dog is suitable to be rehomed.
We do NOT rehabilitate dogs. We provide care, training where necessary and we help them find their new homes, but even with all our years of dog experience and even with some great dog trainers helping us out, we do not profess to be "rehabilitation experts". We believe we have a responsibility to the dogs and to the community. It is very important to us that any dog we rehome has the very best chance at their forever but only if it is safe for them and safe for their people and safe for the community.
Do you have to fix the dog before I adopt it?
What is the dog's history? Is it good with cats?
We do our best to find these things out while the Poundies are in foster care but we can pretty much tell you with certainty that there is no guarantee. Just because a dog is good with cats/kids/cows etc at their foster home, does NOT mean it will be the same for YOUR cat/kids/cows etc.
If you are interested in a particular dog, read their profile. We update our dogs profiles regularly, so what you see on the profile is pretty much everything we know about that dog right now.
What about kids, are your dogs good with kids?
Even the very best dog can snap at a child. If your child is not respectful of the dog's space, hits the dog, "cuddles" the dog or torments and teases the dog, the dog MAY react and defend itself - this isn't the dogs fault, it is simply defending itself.
This is where educating your child is SO important. Is the dog looking uncomfortable? Is it turning its head away from the child, licking it's lips or panting when it isn't hot? Is it trying to get away from the situation? Is it growling? These are all signs that the dog is uncomfortable or stressed and if the warning is not heeded, the dog may lash out. It is your responsibility as a parent to educate your child on these things, to keep them AND the dog safe.
If you would like to know more about what to look out for, or are interested in our education classes, please get in touch with us and we'll help you out.
Do I need to make an appointment to meet the Poundies?
Because we aren't a shelter and our dogs are in foster care, we don't run on an appointment basis. This means that if you are interested in meeting a particular Poundie you will need to have completed an adoption application. If we think you could be a good match, we will then contact you to arrange a meet and greet.
How long does the adoption process take?
Whenever you discuss a dog with rescue staff, the dog's needs will be explained to you so that you know what to expect and whether you and the dog are a great match. If everything appears good initially, you will then meet with the dog and if there's chemistry, we will proceed to the home check. If that all works out, then the adoption is approved and you will have a new family member!
I already have a dog, can I adopt from you?
What if I adopt from you and it doesn't work out?
We also advise all our adopters to put our contact details in as a secondary point of contact when registering your Poundies microchip - just in case!