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.

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What do I do if I just want more information before deciding whether or not to proceed?

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.

I’ve decided I want to adopt. What do I do now?

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.

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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.

What happens after I have spoken to someone at Stray2Me?

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 my application is successful, what happens next?

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.  

How long before I know whether I have passed the home check?

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.

I’ve passed my homecheck, what do I do now?

We will inform you on the chat/group and ask for an initial donation of £50, the remaining balance of the donation will be requested a few days prior to travel. The initial donation will be used to start preparing the dog or cat to travel - tests, passport, chip, vaccines.

How long before my dog or cat travels to the UK?

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. 

Do I have to collect my dog or cat?

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.

Can I track the progress of the transport?

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. 

How will I know what time to expect my dog or cat?

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 postcode has been reached chat will be updated with an eta for the next postcode on the list. 

Do they only deliver during the day?

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! 

Will I get any paperwork from the driver?

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. 

How and when do I make a donation?

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.

Will I get a contract?

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.

How long should I keep my dog or cat inside for before letting them outside?

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.

Who do I contact if I need any advice going forward?

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.

How much is it to adopt a dog?

The adoption donation is £300. 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.

How much is it to adopt a cat?

The adoption donation is £200. This is because our cats are in Romania and your donation will cover transport. We fundraise the difference needed for their preparation costs.

What vaccinations will my dog or cat have?

Your dogs and cats will have the standard annual vaccinations against the most common diseases, plus rabies vaccination. Dogs will also have kennel cough vaccination.

How can I be sure my dog or cat is healthy?
  • Before travel dogs are tested for the 6 most common diseases (including heartworm) using the Caniv 4 test. They are also tested for giardiasis and babasiosis. Cats are tested for Fiv and Felv . Our vet will see them a few days before travel and pass them fit, or not. They will also be given worm and flea treatment. 
How do I register the microchip?

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.

What do I do if I need help?

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.

What happens if I need to give up my dog or cat?

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. Under no circumstances should a rescue animal be sold on or euthanised because you no longer want it or can no longer care for it.

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