- Quite simply, you will be saving a life. Each year millions of dogs are euthanised in UK and US shelters alone.
- You will enjoy witnessing a wonderful transformation when the pet has relaxed and realised they are home and safe.
- You will never want for cuddles and abundant love.
- Choosing to rescue means that you are not contributing or helping to perpetuate the over-breeding in backyard breeders/puppy mills.
- You will be ensuring you have a dog that has been fully vetted, including being spayed/neutered, so you will be ensuring there are at least 67,000 more unwanted dogs in the world from just one dog over 6 years.
Why from Kosova
- The stray and abandoned dogs and cats of Kosova are in a dire situation with neglect and cruelty that goes uninvestigated and unpunished.
- Municipalities hire hunters to shoot dogs and they don’t always kill them, oftentimes the dogs are left paralysed and in agonising pain.
- There are no shelters that are safe for dogs in Kosova – there are a few municipality ‘shelters’ that are more like hell camps, where the dogs lead a miserable life without food, health care and appropriate housing and care.
- Local adoptions are rare, and those that adopt are not keen to go through a process of home checking, especially if it involves an instruction to build a high enough secure fence, and an instruction not to keep the dog on a chain
Frequently Asked Questions
How to adopt a pet with Kosova Pet Rescue
What can you tell us about the dogs?
- Breed ~ For the most part we do not know the breed, as they are mostly mixed. However, some dogs are a clear mix of a particular breed, and we do have some that are full breeds. Note that we only specify a breed so that potential adopters can decide if that breed’s traits are suited to their family and lifestyle.
- Background ~ For most of our dogs we have very little background because they have been found abandoned or wandering the streets, malnourished, injured, or have been rescued from the municipality ‘shelter’. We provide you with as much information and photos as possible.
- Toilet training ~ Please expect to undertake toilet training immediately, as our dogs have likely never lived inside and therefore have not benefited from toilet training. None of our dogs have ever had any issue with adapting to toileting outside though.
- Basic training ~ Please expect to undertake basic training with your adopted dog, such as walking on a leash, as they will not have had this training beforehand. We do, however, try to get as many dogs walked by volunteers as possible, and their profiles will specify any training.
- Socialisation with others ~ We can tell you if they are socialised around other dogs and children, and on the odd occasion, around cats.
Are pets for adoption healthy?
Yes, they are. Our rescued pets are checked fully by a vet and given all required vaccinations and are spayed/neutered. If any that have a diagnosed condition will be listed with that information to enable potential adoptes to make an informed decision.
Do you rehome to....?
- Do you rehome to families with children?
Yes we do but it is on a case by case basis. Not every dog is suitable to live with children but we have rehomed many dogs with families with children without issue. The profiles state whether they are socialised with children and the ages of the children they have been around.
- Do you rehome to older people?
Age is not the defining factor, but the amount of time you have available is important, as is the type of property you live in. For those older, less active potential adopters, we do have older dogs who are looking for a quiet place to lay their head so these would be perfect for anyone older who wants a companion.
- Do you rehome to full time workers?
Yes we do, but we will expect to see confirmation of arrangements being put in place to ensure the dog/s are not left on their own for long periods of time.
- Do you rehome to first time dog owners?
Yes we do, but we will expect the adopters to enrol in a training programme and to be open to post-adoption support.
Is there post-adoption support?
Kosova Pet Rescue provides as much behavioural advice and support as is required, including by phone and, if possible, in person.
Bringing Your New Dog Home
Things to consider:
- Your dog has been on a very long and stressful journey, so he may be unsettled for days or even a week, including an upset tummy and he may take time to look around and make himself at home.
- Food will be very different to what your dog has been used to so please ensure you have some wet food in the house as well as kibble, and reduce the wet food over a week or so – the food difference could cause an upset tummy.
- Your dog may never have lived inside a house/flat before – everything will be new and strange, including all sorts of new noises, especially televisions, vacuum cleaners), and things that may be alien to him including stairs, glass doors, mirrors, shoes, furniture.
- Please remain calm with him and let him explore in his own time.
- As soon as you arrive home with your dog, keep him on the lead and take him into the garden and wait for him to go for a toilet – praise him immediately and give him with a treat. Let him take time to explore the garden before taking him back inside.
- You willl already have arranged a soft, thick bed for your dog but it is a good idea to have a chew/treat on the bed so that he goes there for comfort – note that your dog may not play or eat what you have provided until he is settled or on his own, this is normal. Please disregard this advice if you have another dog, as it may cause a disagreement.
- Please respect that he may want his own space so allow him to have his bed as an area that no one, especially children go.
- Please do not keep calling him and ensure the whole family understand that your dog needs his own space.
Your dog is unlikely to have been inside a home before and therefore you should expect to undertake toilet training. Please ensure you take your dog out the garden frequently and remain calm, allowing them to feel settled and relaxed enough to go to the toilet themselves. When inside, keep a close watch on them (sniffing the floor, lifting a leg, about to squat). If a dog toilets in their bed it means they are very stressed, as they do not usually do that.
In kennels they will naturally use the outdoor run. But in your house they have no idea where to go. So;
Every 3 hours,
Or if you see your dog sniffing around restlessly,
Or if you have just fed your dog.
Or if he has just woken up
Put him on the lead and take him in the garden again as you did when he first arrived Praise/reward him and take him for a little walk round as a reward too, before you go back in. The more vigilant you are with this, the quicker a dog will learn. It is
all down to you. It can be done in 48 hours if you work hard enough at it, though some dogs take longer to learn than others.
NEVER scold or punish your dog for going to the toiletin the house. He is not being naughty; he simply doesn’t understand what you want yet. If you do tell him off he may respond by learning to do it when you are not looking, which also means that he may stop doing it when you are outside with him.
Our Adoption Partners
We are very lucky to have numerous adoption partners across USA and Canada and a small number in UK, and we will be eternally grateful to all of them for helping the dogs and cats of Kosovo and surrounding countries. Please note that we do not partner with any kill shelters and only work with those who we can confirm are legitimate and come recommended by our numerous rescue contacts in USA, Canada and UK.