*Please read this page before applying to adopt one of our rescued cockers!
To be considered as an adopter, one must;
- Be an adult responsible for maintaining a household.
- Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in the household. A pet is a family member and so all members of the family need to be in agreement about when to adopt a pet, and which pet to adopt.
- Children in the household must be 7 years of age or older. We have no history as to whether the rescue dogs have been socialized around young children. We realize that this policy may rule out some otherwise exceptional homes, but our first priority is the safety of both the children and our rescued dogs. All children must be present when meeting the dog up for adoption.
- If you live in a home with a yard, It must be securely fenced where a cocker could not get out of, or escape from. Exceptions to the fencing policy are occasionally made for our “senior” cockers (age ten or older) and only on a case by case basis. It is up to our discretion and will depend on the temperament and needs of the individual dog. Please see more information at the bottom of the page regarding our fencing policy.
- We do not have a public kennel facility. All our dogs are in foster homes throughout the city, so you must follow our adoption process and be approved in order to meet one of our dogs.
- Please consider your vacation plans and other travel plans when submitting an application. We are unable to hold dogs for extended periods of time as it ties up a foster home, thereby preventing us from being able to save another dog’s life.
- All other current dogs & cats in the household must be spayed or neutered. If you are planning on having your pets altered please do not apply until after the surgery has been done as we will not consider your application otherwise.
- An adoption donation applies and will not be waived so please don’t ask.
- No gift adoptions! No Exceptions!
- We DO NOT ship our dogs under any circumstances. You must be willing to travel to Victoria, BC and we must be able to find a local rescue group willing to conduct a home visit on our behalf. Please contact us first to ensure we can adopt to your area. For adoptions outside of Victoria, BC pictures of the applicant’s yard will also be requested. Unfortunately we are unable to facilitate long-distance adoptions to other provinces due to the logistical difficulties of providing thorough pre-adoption screening and post-adoption follow-up.
Our Fence Policy
With respect to rescue dogs in specific, we believe a fenced yard is necessary to ensure their safety and well-being. More so, with cockers and other prey driven breeds. Below are some of the common responses we get regarding our fence policy and our reasoning based on our experience with rescue dogs as to why we have implemented this policy;
- “I”ll perimeter train him/her or train them not to run off.”
By natural instinct, dogs live and love to chase things. Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs, and many of them still retain strong instincts to air and/or ground scent. A dog will run after just about anything that moves, just for the fun of it. Deer, squirrels, birds, rabbits, cats and even a plastic bag floating in the wind. This can easily led them astray or worse into the path of oncoming traffic.
- “I’ll keep them on a leash at all times.”
Dogs deserve and love a safe place to run free, exercise and play. Most dogs enjoy a great game of chase or to fetch a ball. As the saying goes a tired dog is a good dog. A dog with excess pent up energy can become bored, hyper and destructive. Without the ability to run and play freely, they can become overweight, regular exercise keeps them fit and healthy. However, a fenced yard is NOT a substitute for regular daily exercise, and no dog should be left outside to live there!
Lastly, let’s face it, even the most diligent owner is sometimes rushed, has bad days or might make an exception for bad weather.
Example #1: It’s freezing cold, pouring rain, in the middle of the night and the dog has to go outside to potty…
Example #2: You’re incredibly ill and sick in bed, the dog has to go out and nobody else is home…
Example #3: You slept in and you’re late for work, an important scheduled meeting, a test etc and you are in a big rush…
So, just this once, you open the door and let them out for a quick potty while you stand there and watch. Only you didn’t see the other dog, rabbit, squirrel or cat and the dog takes off after it and you’re in no condition to chase it. Dog runs into the street, and gets hit by a car…or runs off and you can’t find it. Don’t think it can happen to you?…most people that have had this happen, say my dog has never run off like that before.
- “We will have a strong bond with our dog. They will love us and never want to leave us.”
Cockers are usually very social animals which is how they got the name wiggle-butts! They will run up to greet anyone, hoping for a friendly pat or to play a fun game. They are heedless of things like a roadway with cars in between them and wanting to investigate the children playing ball across the street, the friendly neighbor walking their dog or that cat, squirrel or rabbit up the road. Also prior to coming to you, they became expert and creative in finding new ways to escape due to boredom and neglect in their previous home. Sometimes old habits are hard to break and curiosity might get the better of them.
- “I’ll use ‘electrical’ or ‘invisible type’ fencing.”
We don’t feel this type of fencing is reliable nor are we are okay with our rescued dogs getting “shocked” at all. As stated before, cockers have a strong natural instinct and most dogs love to chase things. Many excited dogs will forget about the shock or decide the shock is worth the fun. What they won’t do, is come back into the yard, when the excitement is over because they know the shock is coming. In addition, there have been reports of dogs “freezing” at the transmitter line and getting repeatedly shocked over and over again. This type of fencing will also not keep things out of the yard. It won’t stop other dogs, animals, people etc. from coming into the yard and harming, attacking or stealing the dog.
The effectiveness of the ‘fence’ depends on many variables:
- The batteries in the collar and their state of charge,
- The dog keeping the collar on and in the proper position and,
- The power supply to the wiring remaining intact,
- Defective parts.
Any of these can go dead, be lost or interrupted at any time without warning, and render the ‘fence’ useless.
*This does not mean you have to have a yard in order to adopt. We have many fantastic homes where our dogs have no yard at all, so the dog is required to be on leash at all times when being taken out to go potty. There is no risk of them being outside and off leash with the dangers of traffic and the other reasons we have stated above.*