Homing Requirements for all our Animals
You must have a SECURE /YARD GARDEN for the dog.
If you are adopting a Puppy it will need company during the day as Puppies should not be
left for any longer than 4 hours on their own.
A home check will be carried out before you are allowed to adopt an animal from us.
All of our Male & Female Adult dogs are spayed, Neutered, Vaccinated, Microchipped,
Wormed & Defleaed before being placed in their new home.
Our Puppies will have been Vaccinated & Microchipped, Wormed & Defleaed and you will be responsible for having them Spayed/Neutered at the time set out on the “Neuter/Spay Contract” that you will sign, you give this to your Vet and they will return the completed form to us when the Spay/Neuter takes place!
If you are interested in one of our dogs
Please contact Hannah on: 087 970 1919
All our Horses and Ponies come into us as a result of Cruelty Checks that we do, there are only a few that come in to us direct through good owners that need to get the animal relocated due to different reasons.
We have no homing fees for these animals but it would be nice if you were to give a donation to the Rescue as Equines are fairly expensive to bring back to health.
We very rarely have any suitable for riding and most only go into Long term Foster homes to keep company with another Equine.
We will not accept wire fencing of any kind other than electric but have no problem with Electric fencing, post & rail and natural hedging.
We will not allow any breeding and Cottage Rescue will always have Ownership of the animal and YOU will only ever have it on a loan basis “Long Term Fostering”
If you are interested in one of our Horses
Please contact Hannah on: 087 970 1919
TRUST IS A DEADLY DISEASE THAT CAN KILL YOUR DOG!
There is a deadly disease stalking your dog, a hideous, stealthy thing just waiting its chance to steal your beloved friend. It is not a new disease or one for which there are inoculations.
The disease is called "Trust".
You knew before you ever took your puppy home that it could not be trusted. The breeder/rescue who provided you with this precious animal warned you drummed it into your head. Puppies steal off counters, destroy anything expensive, chase cats, take forever to house train, and must never be allowed off lead!
When the big day finally arrived, heeding the sage advice of the breeder, you escorted your puppy to his new home, properly collared and tagged, the lead held tightly in your hand.
At home the house was "puppy-proofed". Everything of value was stored in the spare bedroom, items stowed on top of the refrigerator, cats separated, and a gate placed across the living room to keep at least one part of the house puddle free. All windows and doors had been properly secured, and signs placed in all strategic points reminding all to "Close the door!"
Soon it becomes second nature to make sure the door closes nine tenths of a second after it was opened and that it is really latched. "Don't let the dog out" is your second most verbalized expression. (The first is "No!")
You worry and fuss constantly, terrified that your darling will get out and disaster will surely follow. Your friends comment about who you love most, your family or the dog. You know that to relax your vigil for a moment might lose him to you forever.
And so the weeks and months pass with your puppy becoming more civilized every day and the seeds of trust are planted. It seems that each new day brings less destruction, less breakage and almost before you know it, your gangly, slurpy puppy has turned into an elegant, dignified friend.
Now that he is a more reliable sedate companion, you take him more places. No longer does he chew the steering wheel when left in the car and darned if that cake wasn't still on the counter this morning and, oh yes, wasn't that the cat he was sleeping with so cosily on your pillow last night?
At this point you are beginning to become infected; the disease is spreading its roots deep into your mind.
And then one of your friends suggest obedience classes and, after a time you even let him run loose from the car into the house when you get home. Why not, he always runs straight to the door, dancing a frenzy of joy and waits to be let in and remember he comes every time he is called. You know he is the exception that disproves the rule. (And sometimes late at night, you even let him slip out the front door to go potty and then right back in.)
Year's pass- it is hard to remember why you ever worried so much when he was a puppy. He would never think of running out the door left open while you bring in the shopping from the car. It would be beneath his dignity to jump out the window of the car while you run into the shop and when you take him for those wonderful long walks at dawn, it only takes one whistle to send him racing back to you in a burst of speed when the walk comes too close to the road. (He still gets in the rubbish bin, but nobody is perfect!)
This is the time the disease has waited for so patiently. Sometimes it only has to wait a year or two, but often it takes much longer. He spies the neighbour's dog across the street and suddenly forgets everything he ever knew about not slipping out doors, jumping out windows or coming when called due to traffic. Perhaps it was only a paper fluttering in the breeze or even just the sheer joy of running...
Stopped in an instant! Stilled Forever - Your heart is broken at the sight of your dog's still beautiful body.
The disease is trust and the final outcome……………. hit by a car.
Every morning my dog bounced around off lead exploring. Every morning for seven years he came back when he was called, he was perfectly obedient, perfectly trustworthy. He died fourteen hours after being hit by that car.
Please do not risk your friend and your heart. Save the trust for things that do not matter.
Please read this every year on your puppy's birthday, lest we forget.
In case you still missed the point of this story….
It means do not let your dog off lead in unfenced areas like your front yard, or any place where there is traffic that can hit and kill your dog.
Too many dogs have and are being been killed as a result of owner negligence or carelessness by letting their dogs of lead in unfenced/unprotected areas.
Prevent the tragic death of your dog and keep them on lead or in fenced areas.
All it takes is once and you have to live with this for the rest of your life.
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