We always have a number of dogs in foster with us and as they become adopt-ready, we ensure that they have a full profile to help would-be adopters choose if this dog sounds to be what they are looking for.
The profiles we produce are as accurate as we can make them. From the start of the fostering process we are building an ever-expanding picture of the dog in question. It does not matter if this particular dog arrives with us at just a few days old, or is already in the twilight years of their life. Who they are, what they are like, what they know, what they do not know or understand, the sort of family that would suit them, is of paramount importance. Photos and videos provide the sorts of visual images to help the choice as colour, size and looks are difficult to describe.
Once you have found a dog you are interested in, you can make direct contact with us. Once we have received your enquiry you will be dealt with in strict chronological order of enquiry where there are several people interested in the same dog. Not being the first in line does not mean there is no hope. Because we are looking for a match between the dog in question and the family, it is not as simple a process as being first in line.
We like to have discussions with you – over the phone or via Messenger or email – firstly with a member of the Board, and then with the fosterer concerned. They are the ones who are best equipped to answer questions about the dog itself.
Then the natural sequence will depend on distance: Meet & Greet, followed by Home Check; or Home Check followed by Meet & Greet – which then also facilitates adoption at the same time if that works out.
The Home Check is carried out by someone we know and trust who lives in the prospective adopter’s area. We have a wide geographic network which enables us to consider adoptions not only throughout France, but in neighbouring countries or currently to the UK. Once again this check is to try to endeavour as best we can that there appears to be a match between the family concerned and the dog in question. Each home check report is then considered by the Board and the result conveyed to the prospective adopter. We always hope it will be successful, but sometimes aspects arise which lead us to suggest alternative dogs for consideration as presenting a better match.
During this process you will have been told about the adoption contribution that we look for. We never charge for the dog itself. We do however seek a contribution to those costs that any responsible owner would pay and which we have already paid to get the dog adopt-ready: Chipping, Vaccinations – including rabies/passport in mature dogs, Sterilisation, Deparasiting Processes (Worm, Tick, Flea).
Once the Adoption date has been arranged, the adopter receives an Adoption Contract, and relevant paperwork. Payment of the contribution is made at this time either by bank transfer or cheque. Once the dog is settled with you for a couple of days, we transfer legal ownership via iCAD to the adopter.
We then consider you as part of our Les Amis Community and love to get updates as and when possible.