The Adopter accepts the following from the date of the adoption of a BLDR dog:-
1. The Adopter will accept full responsibility and liability for the dog.
2. BLDR cannot give any warranty in respect of the dog for health or behaviour.
3. The Adopter will exercise care and undertake full responsibility for the safe integration of the dog into their household and environment.
4. Under no circumstances should the dog ever be left unattended and/or unsupervised with children.
5. Subject to (31) and (34) detailed below, ownership of the dog passes to the Adopter.
6. Caution should be exercised when introducing the dog to other dogs, cats and other animals.
7. The Adopter will ensure that the dog is kept under proper control by the use of a lead on all public roads and pedestrian areas. For the first few weeks it is recommended that 2 leads are used, one attached to the collar and one to the harness to ensure the safety of the dog, especially if the dog is young and still socialising so getting used to noises, traffic etc. A good quality harness should be used at all times and should be attached safely and correctly so the dog cannot pull/back out of the harness but not too tight that it causes discomfort or injury. Two finger rule is usually the best advice, if you can slide two fingers under the harness then this is generally the right tension.
8. If the dog is not already neutered (this is only the case if the dog was too young when he came into BLDR's care) the Adopter will ensure that neutering is carried out by a qualified veterinary surgeon at the earliest opportunity unless there are veterinary or age related reasons why the dog should not be neutered. The Adopter will send verification of neutering to BLDR.
9. The Adopter will ensure that the dog is treated for worms and fleas at the intervals recommended by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
10. The Adopter will ensure that the dog is inoculated against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis at the intervals recommended by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
11. If the dog is a puppy, the Adopter will keep the dog away from other animals, or places frequented by other animals, until its vaccinations are fully effective. Check with the rescue if you are unsure.
12. The Adopter agrees that they will not let the dog off lead in a public place for at least one month, and in any event until recall training has been successfully achieved. Thereafter the Adopter will ensure that the dog is not allowed to roam freely nor let of the lead unless the Adopter is certain that it is safe to do so. Retired racing greyhounds should always be exercised on a lead. If the dog proves to be unfriendly with people or other dogs, the dog will always be kept on a lead in public places and muzzled if necessary.
13. The dog will never be left tethered and/or unattended in any public place, particularly outside a shop; in recognition of the fact that dog theft is on the increase and an unsupervised dog is an easy target.
14. The Adopter will ensure that they practice responsible dog ownership at all times in public places and at home. If the dog is uncomfortable in busy spaces, around children, men, other dogs or strangers etc then extra care must be taken in these areas or make sure the dog is fitted with safe and tested quality harness, collar and muzzle if appropriate and a good strong material flat lead, not a retractable lead, to ensure the safety of the public at all times.
15. BLDR will not be responsible for any costs incurred by the Adopter in relation to the dog.
16. Donations to BLDR in respect of the adoption of the dog concerned are non-refundable.
17. Should the adoptive dog become lost or stolen, the Adopter must immediately notify the Dog Wardens and pounds within at least a forty mile radius, the local police, local rescue centres, animal shelters, newspapers and local radio. The Adopter should also notify online missing dog websites, if the Adopter is unsure or unable to do this, BLDR will do this on behalf of the Adopter.
18. The Adopter will not allow the dog to be used for breeding or stud purposes.
19. The Adopter will provide comfortable indoor living accommodation for the dog and will not be left outside in a kennel at any time or for any reason.
20. The Adopter will feed the dog properly and appropriately for the age and recommended weight of the dog and breed, over feeding the dog and making him over weight is not feeding appropriately, it is leaving the dog open to health issues and joint issues therefore potentially shortening their lives.
21. The Adopter will care for the dog properly and will seek prompt veterinary attention for the dog if appropriate.
22. The Adopter will exercise the dog appropriately and safely.
23. The Adopter will not keep the dog restrained or chained at any time.
24. The Adopter will provide and attach a suitable collar to the dog with a disc showing the Adopter’s contact numbers in line with legal requirements.
25. The rescue will microchip the dog and ensure that the information on the National Microchip Database is updated when you adopt the dog, from thereon the adopter must ensure the Microchip Database is kept up to date, especially in cases where an Adopter relocates or changes contact number.
26. The Adopter will meet the cost of any veterinary treatment and insurance claims in relation to the dog.
27. The Adopter will not sell or part with ownership or possession of the dog under any circumstances, the dog MUST be returned to BLDR should you no longer be able to keep ownership.
28. The dog will not be used for fighting or any other kind of cruel or criminal activities.
29. The dog will not be used for hunting of any kind.
30. The dog will not be used for animal testing of any kind. The Adopter agrees to comply with all current legislation in relation to the dog and will comply with the Dangerous Dogs Act currently in force, the Adopter will also indemnify BLDR against any claim relating to said act in respect of the adopted dog.
31. In the event of the loss of the dog or an accident involving the dog, the Adopter will inform BLDR immediately.
32. The Adopter agrees that under no circumstances will the Adopter have the dog euthanized, put to sleep, unless on the advice of a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and with prior written agreement of BLDR; the only exception being when it is necessary to euthanize the dog in a medical emergency to alleviate pain and suffering in the opinion of a qualified Veterinary Surgeon. If it is necessary to euthanize the dog without obtaining prior written agreement of BLDR, the Adopter will ensure that written confirmation of the reason(s) why the dog was euthanized are provided to BLDR as soon as possible, signed and/or verified by the Veterinary Surgeon who performed the procedure.
33. The Adopter will not re-home the dog under any circumstances; should this happen and come to the attention of BLDR, the dog will return to the care of the rescue immediately; there will be no financial recompense to either the original Adopter or the person to whom the Adopter devolved ownership.
34. If for any reason, the Adopter is unable or unwilling to continue to care for the dog, the Adopter will notify BLDR and, at the expense of the Adopter, transfer possession and ownership of the dog to BLDR. The Adopter accepts that BLDR may not be able to accommodate the dog immediately but will endeavour to remove the dog as soon as is practicably possible; the dog must be up to date with all vaccinations and/or boosters prior to being returned to BLDR.
35. The Adopter will inform BLDR of any change in the Adopter’s address and contact details within fourteen days of relocating.
36. The Adopter will permit an authorised representative of BLDR to visit and examine the dog on such occasions and frequency as determined by BLDR to ensure that the dog is safe, happily established and being correctly cared for; this applies throughout the life of the dog.
37. In order to ensure the best interests of the dog are being met, BLDR reserves the right to determine, at its absolute discretion, that ownership and possession of the dog shall immediately transfer to BLDR. The Adopter will indemnify BLDR for any expenses, disbursement and/or costs in relation to the transfer of ownership and possession to BLDR. Should the Adopter fail to comply with these requirements, BLDR reserves the right to report the Adopter to the authorities.
38. The Adopter gives BLDR a full indemnity in respect of any loss, claim, expense, disbursements, cost, damage or liability in relation to the dog.
39. The Adopter agrees to pay a minimum donation of £395 in respect of adopting the dog; the Adopter understands that this is not payment for the dog but a donation to enabling BLDR to continue their vital work of rescuing dogs in danger of euthanasia or worse. The adoption donation is NON REFUNDABLE.
40. The Adopter will give the dog love, understanding, guidance and training and do their best to ensure the dog has a good life and is in optimum health.
41. These Terms and Conditions are governed by English Law