Dog adoption agreement


The following clauses must be agreed to prior to the adoption of any of our dogs: ​

  • Ensure the dog lives inside the home as a family pet and exercise diligent care to ensure the safe integration of the dog into your household and environment. You must not leave the dog unattended with any child under the age of 10 years.

  • If the dog is not already neutered, you will ensure that neutering is carried out as soon as possible by a qualified veterinary surgeon unless there are veterinary or age related reasons why the dog should not be neutered.  You will need to provide evidence of neutering to Balkan Underdogs.

  • To consult Balkan Underdogs before making MAJOR decisions severely affecting the health and welfare of the dog.  In the case of an emergency, to consult Balkan Underdogs (please refer to you contract for Trustee contact details or contact us here) as soon as reasonably practicable after veterinary treatment. You must advise BU of any vet recommendation for PTS BEFORE this is actioned unless this is an extreme emergency to alleviate animal suffering and one of the trustees has been notified by phone call or message.

  • Balkan Underdogs reserve the right, approximately one week after the dog’s arrival, to contact the veterinary practice at which the dog is registered to introduce Balkan Underdogs as the dog’s rescuing charity, confirm our continuing commitment to the health and well being of the dog, and re-iterate the requirement for Balkan Underdogs to be consulted on any MAJOR decisions affecting the continued health and well being of the dog.

  • Not allow the dog to be used for breeding or stud purposes.

  • Feed, house and care for the dog in accordance with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and to the satisfaction of Balkan Underdogs.  You must never keep the dog tethered or chained.

  • Be responsible for the welfare of the dog at all times and not cause or permit anyone else to cause the dog unnecessary suffering.

  • To allow Balkan Underdogs to visit your home to check on the welfare of the dog.

  • Not allow the dog to be used for hunting purposes, for any form of experimentation, for stage purposes or for any form of criminal activity.

  • Obtain treatment from a qualified veterinary surgeon in all cases of injury or illness and ensure the dog receives appropriate regular veterinary health care.

  • Notify the dog warden, the police and Balkan Underdogs in the event that the dog is stolen or goes missing.

  • Keep the micro-chip details current and update with new contact details where applicable. You must also inform Balkan Underdogs of any change of address or contact details.

  • Ensure that the dog wears a collar and name tag showing your name and address.

  • Ensure that for the first two weeks the dog will be kept on a lead when in a public place.  Thereafter, you will only let the dog off the lead if you are certain it is safe to do so.  Should the dog show any signs of aggression to people or other animals you will always keep the dog on a lead and muzzled in public and will seek the advice of a suitably qualified canine behaviourist.

  • If the dog is a puppy, you must keep the dog away from other animals, or places frequented by other animals, until its vaccinations are fully effective.

  • Not to sell or part with ownership or possession of the dog.  If you are unable to keep the dog for any reason, you must return it to Balkan Underdogs.

Privacy Statement: 

I understand that by completing this form, Balkan Underdogs will process my information. Should my application be considered, the details supplied will be passed to the Animal Team (Registered Charity 1167277) or volunteer organisation Millies Mutts to enable a home checker to contact me and arrange a convenient time to visit my home address. If my application is unsuccessful no personal information will be held by Balkan Underdogs or shared to the Animal Team/Millies Mutts.