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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the Adoption Process?

A. Step 1

The paperwork- 

Fill in an adoption form, which can be found here 

If you've seen a dog that you like the look of please state their name on your form. 


Step 2 

Getting it right-

We will assess your form and be in touch, if suitable will arrange for a home check to be done.  


Step 3 

Which one to pick-

Once your home check is approved you are all set to go. You can arrange to meet any of our dogs that are already in U.K. foster homes or adopt one that is in our care but still waiting for their golden ticket in Romania.


Step 4 

You're mine-

You've chosen the one for you and we've agreed that he or she is suitable for your family/lifestyle. 

Adoption donation applies of £400, once paid your pooch is now reserved to you.


Step 5 

From A to B-

If the dog is in UK, collection can be arranged. 

If the dog is in Romania, we will confirm when the dog is ready to travel and next available transport dates.


Step 6

Nearly there-

If your dog is travelling from Romania, he or she by law must do 2 days quarantine at one of the registered kennels that we use in the UK. Your address is considered, and the dog will go to the nearest kennels that we use in relation to where you live. 


Step 7

The exciting part - 

A collection time is arranged for when you can collect your new family member.


Step 8

Live happily ever after-

Sadies are always on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have or give advice and help when needed.


Q. What is included in the adoption donation of £400.

A.  Your dog/puppy will be vaccinated to date including Kennel cough vaccine, wormed and de-flead, microchipped, have a passport and will be delivered to the U.K.

If old enough.. usually over 6 months old the dog will be spayed or neutered. 

If you're adopting a younger puppy then you must agree to having him or her spayed/ neutered at your own cost once old enough.


Q. Do I have to organise the transport myself from Romania to U.K.?

A. No. This is something we do, and the cost is included in the adoption donation. 

We use a professional and qualified pet transport company who delivers your dog to the UK. Please read step 6. 


Q. How old does a puppy have to be to travel?

A. By law the earliest a puppy can travel is at the age of 3 months and 21 days so we say from 4 months old.


Q. Are they house trained?

A. Our dogs that are already in U.K. foster homes have been introduced to living in a home and therefore normally house trained, however moving home can be very stressful for any dog so accidents can happen. 

The dogs still living in Romania are most probably not used to living in a home yet, however don't be put off. On the whole they want to do their toiletries outside and time and time again we hear from our fosterers and adopters that their dogs are very clean. 

Puppies will be puppies where ever they are from and house training these little ones goes without saying. 


Q. What about Rabies?

A. By law all of the dogs have a vaccination against rabies and must wait 21 days after having the vaccine before they can travel to the U.K.


Q. Has the dog been checked over by a vet?

A. All of our dogs visit the vet regularly for vaccinations and check-ups.

By law each dog must pass a vet check stating 'fit to travel' the day before they are due to leave to the U.K 

As standard they are also wormed and treated for fleas the day before departure. 


Q. Who are you?

A. Sadies Stray Dog Rescue (SSDR) is a small UK based Organisation.  It was founded by Lesley Ford in 2014 after Sadie, a dog she was helping rehome, died a sad and terrible death in Romania.  After visiting the Bacau shelter and seeing the conditions for herself, Lesley was compelled to help the dogs.

An application to register the charity has been submitted to the Charity Commission.  SSDR is run entirely by volunteers both in the UK and Romania, and has supporters worldwide including Germany and the Netherlands.

The organisation uses Facebook to promote its work

 More info click here


Q. Why are there so many stray dogs in Romania?

A. The problem stems from the 1980's industralisation of Romania when owners were forced to abandon their dogs.  It is compounded by uncontrolled breeding of street dogs and those let out while owners are at work.


Q. Why help the dogs of Romania?

A. Romania's stray dogs experience horrendous conditions: they are attacked and abused by the public and captured inhumanely.
Once in the public shelters they are drugged, dragged, kicked, thrown and tortured by the staff (we have videos).  They are put in dirty, overcrowded kennels where diseases spread, the dogs breed and the small, weaker ones are attacked.  With little to no water and food (just chicken blood and offal) Monday to Friday the dogs suffer malnutrition, painful skin conditions and untreated injuries.  If the dogs are operated on by the resident vet they are put straight back into the kennels where wounds easily open and become infected.
When the shelter decides to kill dogs they use methods which often cause a slow and painful death.  The public shelter receives funds per dog caught and so there is always a steady stream of dogs coming into the shelter. More info click here


Q. Who do you work with in Romania?

A. Details of who we work with can be found on our Partners page.


Q. How do I know if my donation will go to help the dogs?

A. We are a small organisation whose only concern is to help the Romanian dogs.  100% of all donations go directly to the dogs.  Updates of donations and projects are shown regularly on our facebook page.


Q. How do you decide which dogs are saved? What makes one dogs needs a priority than others?

A. We take the social dogs who we sense will be happy in a home first.  We also take sick dogs as we have to take them for treatment.  We take pups as long as there is quarantine space.  We try not to take street dogs who have been on the streets for years because they don't easily adapt into homes.  We don't take extremely fearful or aggressive dogs because we don't have anyone to work with them and we would just move them from one cage to another.


Q. How do I rehome a dog?

A. If you are interested in fostering or adopting a dog please take a look at our  and
 Adoption and Foster  pages. 


Q. How do I know the dog I rehome is healthy?

A. We work with excellent vets in Romania and all dogs receive the relevant and necessary injections required to obtain passports and travel to the UK.  However, in many cases we do not know their medical history and so cannot provide such details.


Q. Why Spay/Neuter?

A. This diagram gives a pretty good explanation of why we need to spay and neuter:


Q. Why put dogs back on the street?

A. The shelters are full to bursting, and the dogs aren't necessarily well looked after.  Catching dogs to spay/neuter and then returning them to the street once healed in many cases is the only option available to us.  With a spay/neuter programme the street dog population will eventually decline.


Q. I can’t afford to donate; how else can I help?

A. There are lots of ways you can support us - perhaps you have wormers or flea treatments you no longer need, or an item to donate to one of our auctions.  Take a look at our Ways to Help  page for some ideas.


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