We may be a small charity at the moment, but we are fully committed to finding the best homes and humans for our Strays. We guarantee life long rescue back up (RBU).
RBU means you can get support and advice throughout your whole adoption experience, and, if for any reason the adoption fails, the dog or cat will be taken back by the rescue and rehomed elsewhere.
The first step is to complete a contact form and one of our team of volunteers will call you for a chat. It is a chance for us to get a little more information about you, and for you to ask us any questions you may have about the process.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Read below to find out everything about adopting one of our Strays
Complete an enquiry form by following this link and a member of the team will either contact you via email or telephone you. Please state your preferred form of contact when completing the form.
Beneath the photographs and information for each dog or cat you will find an adopt button. Click this button and it will take you to a form to complete.
Once the form is received a member of the team will contact you to discuss your application. This will involve completing a more detailed form, usually taking about half an hour. We aim to contact you within 3 days of receiving the form.
Provided both parties are happy to proceed, we will set up a Messenger chat or WhatsApp group. Here we can discuss your application in greater detail and match you to a dog or cat. If Stray2Me decides that you are not a suitable applicant for one of our Strays then we will email you with our reasons.
We will organise a home check. This may be a virtual home check via video link, or by asking someone to visit you. This can be discussed and agreed at the time.
If we do a virtual home check via video link, you could hear back the same day, or the next day. If you opt for a physical home check, then we are dependent on the volunteer who visits you and how soon they send in their report.
We will inform you on the chat/group and, if we have not already done so, we will match you to a dog or cat. Sometimes we will not have any suitable matches available and so, with your agreement, we will keep you on our list of pre-approved adopters, to be contacted at some point in the future should a suitable Stray become available.
In most cases it is between 4 and 6 weeks before a dog or cat can travel. Sometimes it is sooner, but this will be discussed with you at the time of your home check.
In most cases your dog or cat will be delivered to your door. However, if you live in a particularly inaccessible part of the UK then we can discuss with you what other arrangements may need to be made. You will be required to have a slip lead for a dog, and possibly a collar and harness and crate. For a cat you will need a pet travel carrier. More support about handover and what to expect in those early days will be given to you prior to travel.
Yes. Once a transport is underway you will be invited to join the chat on Facebook Messenger. This chat will have all the other adopters and volunteers from the rescues, plus the drivers and the transport co-ordinators. From time-to-time the transport team may post live location and updates on progress. If there is an opportunity to take photographs when they stop to feed the animals and clean cages, then photos of your dogs and cats in transit will be posted on chat.
No estimated times of arrival (etas) will be posted on chat until the transport has cleared customs in the UK. Once they have worked out a schedule it will be posted on chat. Obviously the etas are a guide only and changes can occur due to traffic or weather conditions. Changes will also be posted to chat, so it is important to look out for updates. As a drop has been reached chat will be updated with an eta for the next drop on the list.
Some transports stop at 1am and restart at 6am, but some deliver through the night so you need to be prepared to accept your dog or cat anytime of the day or night. Half the magic is receiving your new addition whilst in you PJs at 3am!
Yes. You will be given a passport and a copy of any relevant paperwork. Your dog or cat will be scanned by the driver before handing to you in order to make sure the chip matches the information on the passport.
We will ask for your adoption donation a couple of days before your dog or cat leaves Romania. This is because we need to pay for transport a couple of days before it is due to leave, in order to secure the place. We also like to help the rescuer with the cost of vaccinations, passport and tests etc. Donations can be made via PayPal or bank transfer.
Yes. A contract will be sent to you via email, which you are asked to sign and return before your dog or cat travels. You can sign it electronically. Instructions will be attached.
You will be advised about this on your chat/group before your dog or cat arrives, but no dog or cat should leave the premises for the first 48 hours. Dogs may go into the garden, on a harness and slip lead, but not outside of the perimeter, and cats should remain indoors. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) require that any animal delivered directly to you should remain in quarantine in your home for a period of 48 hours. During this 48 hour period they may contact you to arrange a visit. This is standard practice and nothing at all to be concerned about. They simply visit to scan the microchip and check the passport is in order. The transport company will contact DEFRA and let them know the dog or cat is travelling to you. You do not need to do anything.
Please use your Messenger chat or WhatsApp group for on going support and advice. We have a closed group on Facebook for adopters and we will be delighted to see photos and videos and updates of your Strays and their new lives with you. Other adopters can offer support and advice.
The adoption donation is £400. This covers transport to the UK and all the necessary preparations for your dog to travel. If you live in Cornwall or Scotland then we may ask for an extra donation because the cost of transport will be greater, usually an extra £30/£40.
The adoption donation is £250. This covers transport to the UK and all the necessary preparations for your cat to travel. If you live in Cornwall or Scotland then we may ask for an extra donation because the cost of transport will be greater, usually an extra £30/£40.
Your dogs and cats will have the standard annual vaccinations against the most common diseases, plus rabies vaccination.
- Before travel dogs are tested for the most common diseases (including heartworm) using the Caniv 4 test or 4DX Snap Test. They are also tested for Giardiasis, Babesiosis and Brucellosis. Puppies are tested for Giardiasis, Corona and Parvo using the triple test, and Brucellosis using the snap test. Cats are tested for Fiv and Felv and Corona antibodies and antigen. Our vets will see them a few days before travel and pass them fit, or not. They will also be given worm and flea treatment prior to departure. It is not really possible to give an accurate breakdown of costs because different vets charge different amounts for the prep.
We will register the microchip for you. Your dog or cat will be registered to you, and dual registered to the rescue. This is an added layer of protection for you and your Stray.
You can use the chat/group that was set up for you initially, post a message on the adopters group, or you can email us at [email protected]Everyone involved in the rehoming process is happy to offer support and advice.
If for any reason you need to rehome your dog or cat then please contact us through your chat/group or email us at [email protected] We will arrange to collect the dog or cat from you and place them either in foster, or in kennels, until a new home can be found for them. This may take a few days, or in some cases longer, but rest assured we will take the dog or cat back. In some circumstances you may wish to keep the dog or cat until new adopters can be found. This is something we will discuss with you at the time. Under no circumstances should a rescue animal be sold, moved on or euthanised because you no longer want it or can no longer care for it and not without the express permission of the rescue.
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