At NCAR we aim to make every adoption as successful as possible.
We do this by first, where possible, learning as much as we can about a dog’s past which can give us an insight into how they might perceive the world and react to given situations.
As issues with dogs constitute the majority of enquiries we focus on help with dog behaviour and training here but if you do have a question about a cat you have adopted do get in touch.
We then undertake a behavioural assessment of each dog, observing their reactions and responses to a variety of stimulus and situations, such as; meeting people, walking with and meeting dogs, around traffic, how they respond to toys/chews and their behaviour around feeding.
If we identify any concerns or issues it will be recorded in that dog’s personal behavioural assessment.
Although we try to account for every eventuality, we are fully aware that the rescue centre environment isn’t representative of a home environment.
Our skilled and experienced staff will take this into account when using behaviour assessments to help find that dog a compatible forever home.
Preparing dogs pre-Adoption
We try to prepare each dog as best we can in preparation for a potential adoption. Any concerns or issues identified in the behavioural assessment will be looked at and worked on as best as possible.
As we get to know the dog more, we also try to identify any other and potential issues or problems which may occur post adoption and work with the dog trying to progress them as far as we can in the rescue centre environment.
Essentially, we want each dog to be as adoptable as possible.
We help adopters pre-adoption
Once a strong compatible application has been identified we will contact the applicants and begin the introductions.
We will discuss any training or behaviour we are currently undertaking with the dog, explain why and how we are doing so then demonstrate what to expect, what to look for and how to guide the dog through any situation.
We want adopters to form a strong relationship built on trust with the dog, giving both the adopters and the dog the best chance of a great fulfilling life together.
Post adoption support
Once a dog has been adopted the training and behaviour team offer ongoing support to help overcome any issues which may arise as the dog adapts to their new family, home and routine.
This could be in the form of advice over the phone, one on one sessions at the rescue or even home visits.
Behavioural support from K999
Adam from K999 is a recognised clinical behaviourist and has supported North Clwyd Animal Rescue for over 15 years. Visit the K999 website here.
Alongside working onsite with the dogs and supporting the staff, he also conducts sessions at the rescue or home visits for adopters who require a more in-depth session to ensure their adoption is successful as possible.
We don’t receive any government funding, so we rely on donations and support from people like you to cover the costs of caring for homeless animals. and to help us care for them by volunteering. We want to assure you that we take your help and contributions seriously and spend the money responsibly.