On the day of adoption you will be required to agree to and sign the following adoption contract
The adopter agrees that signature of this contract indicates their
acceptance of FULL legal responsibility for the dog adopted today. JLBR
will not be held responsible for dogs that demonstrate any behavioural
issues including, but not limited to, aggression, biting, separation
anxiety, barking or any other issue after adoption although we should
always be the first point of contact for any such issues which are noted
or suspected as we may be able to advise owners as to the best course of
If your dog causes injury or damage to another dog, person or
property, you will be fully responsible for any recourse, legal or
otherwise, stemming from such incident and we therefore strongly suggest
that you obtain appropriate insurance to protect against any potential
will be fully responsible for all future vet fee’s incurred. We highly
recommend getting your rescue dog insured ASAP
must have a reputable behaviourist contact ready in case of any behavioural
issues you may encounter with your adopted dog and you must contact them with
any problems you need help with.
make every effort to provide comprehensive information regarding our dogs, we
cannot guarantee the temperament of any dog we rehome. We can only base the
information we provide on the assessments we undertake whilst the dog is in our
care, and there is always a possibility for new issues to arise in the new home
as the dog settles in. You must be willing to attempt to work through any
problems that may arise before requesting to return the dog to us.
can no longer keep the dog, it is a legal requirement that the dog be returned
to us for rehoming. By signing this contract you confirm that you are aware
that you are prevented by law from passing the dog onto another person, rescue
or other organisation at any point whatsoever. You must also have the transport to bring the dog back
into our care.
require a £250 adoption fee for all dogs aged 8 years and under, dogs over this
age are adopted by donation only. This must be paid on the day of adoption.
This is non-refundable after 7 days.
If the dog appears ill or injured the new owner must
take timely advice from a qualified veterinary surgeon in the first instance.
If the dog passes away please inform us as soon as possible.
dogs are neutered/spayed to prevent breeding and there will be no exceptions.
If the dog you adopt has not yet been neutered you must also sign our neutering
agreement and adhere to all terms contained therein. In the very unlikely event
of accidental pregnancy, JLBR retains full legal ownership of all puppies.
A dog cage and/or baby gate must be
purchased to ensure the dog can be safely separated from resident dogs as and
A dog cage and/or baby gate must be purchased for
use at home in order to ensure the dog can be safely separated from resident
dogs/children/visitors as and when needed.
The dog(s) must NEVER be left unsupervised with
children. You must use a crate or baby gate should you need to leave the room,
advice as to how to acclimatise dogs to crates can be provided if required.
Please see our accompanying information document and exercise appropriate
judgement at all times to ensure the safety of both children and dogs when
During the settling-in period (generally approx. 2
months but dependent on the individual dog), you must never leave the dog
unsupervised with resident dogs. Please see our accompanying information
Please do not let
your dog off the lead in public at all for at least the first 4 weeks. When you
are satisfied that you are at a point when it will be safe to let the dog off
the lead, please make sure it is in a secure area to ensure the dog comes back
when called. Never allow your dog to approach
other dogs, whether on or off lead, without permission from the other dogs’
owner. Keep your dog on a lead until permission is given and supervise dog play
appropriately at all times. Never leave your dog unsupervised in public at any
time for any reason.
If we have reason to believe that the dog is being
mistreated in any way we will remove the dog from the home immediately and
legal proceedings will follow. By signing this contract are agreeing to take
responsibility for ensuring the dog's health and happiness for life and we will
take all appropriate action to remedy any failure to meet those obligations.
If you adopt a pup under 12 months
old, you will be fully responsible for the cost of neutering once they are old
If you move house or change phone
numbers you must inform us prior to the move.
The dog must not be left alone routinely for more
than approximately 4-6 hours. We understand there may be unavoidable emergency
situations when dogs have to be left alone but this should only be in
unavoidable circumstances. We refer you to clause 15 above in relation to your
obligations to provide your dog with appropriate care.
A dog must be treated as a member of the family and
be given the same patience and time to settle in as you would with a new child.
You must look into alternative help in case of a change in circumstances e.g.
working longer hours, consider getting in a dog walker or asking a family
member to pop in, or coming home at lunch to break up the day.
The dog must never be made to sleep outside or left
Dogs are microchipped to new owners after adoption.
Our email address must be added to the microchip as an extra point of contact
for if the dog was to go missing.
We do not allow the use of prong collars, electric
shock collars and choke chains on any of our adopted dogs.
this contract serves to form the basis of our agreement with you as an adopter,
we would point out that exceptional or unexpected circumstances may require
further advice or instruction from a member of the Joey's Legacy board of
trustees or approved representative. Where such circumstances apply, any
further specific instructions in relation to your rescue dog, whether provided
verbally or in writing, will for the purposes of legal liability be treated as
if they were included and agreed to within this contract, and failure to adhere
to such instructions will be treated as breach of contract.
want your relationship with your rescue dog to be a long, happy, fulfilling and
mutually beneficial relationship, but we must reiterate that adoption of a dog
carries with it significant responsibility and you must ensure that you have
satisfied yourself that you are in a position to accept that responsibility
prior to signing this or any other associated agreement.