Adoption Contract

    Adoption contract


    When adopting a dog from Phoenix Rehoming you agree that follow-up checks will be made throughout the dog's life. This is to ensure that each dog remains healthy and happy. Dogs adopted from Phoenix Rehoming remain the legal property of Phoenix Rehoming for the dog's whole life.

    You agree that as the puppy/dog’s owner you are responsible for his or her actions at all times.

    Phoenix Rehoming is not responsible for any damage caused by your dog. This includes damage by chewing and toilet “accidents”.

    Phoenix Rehoming is not liable or responsible for your dog’s behaviour post adoption.

    Phoenix Rehoming is not liable or responsible for any injury caused to any person by an adopted dog.

    When you adopt a puppy/dog you understand that you are responsible for the costs of feeding and grooming your dog. You will be given advice about your dog’s current diet and grooming regime.

    You understand that you must exercise your dog EVERY DAY and that you are responsible for training your dog. Phoenix Rehoming will be open and honest about any issues that the dog has and will give advice on how to address these. You agree that should behavioural issues arise that you will seek professional help and the cost of such help is your responsibility as a dog owner.

    There is often a settling in period when a dog moves to a new home. The first few weeks can often be the most difficult. You agree to keep Phoenix Rehoming updated on your dog’s progress, especially during the transition period. Phoenix Rehoming is on hand to give help and advice. WE WILL NOT REMOVE DOGS IN THE FIRST 14 DAYS OF ADOPTION. If you need help, please ask.


    You agree that your dog will NOT live outside under any circumstances.

    You agree to participate in the mandatory training arranged with our qualified and experienced trainer.

    You agree that the dog must NOT be bred from under any circumstances. Should the dog be bred Phoenix Rehoming will remove the dog and any puppies from that breeding who will also be the legal property of Phoenix Rehoming.

    You agree not to give away, sell or otherwise dispose of your dog. If for any reason you are unable to keep your dog, you must contact Phoenix Rehoming at the earliest opportunity. Phoenix Rehoming will arrange for the dog to be relinquished and placed into a foster home. This will happen as soon as practicable but there will be times when finding the dog an alternative placement can take several weeks.

    Adoption donations are NOT refundable.

    You agree to keep the dog’s microchip details updated. Phoenix Rehoming will ensure that the dog’s microchip is updated upon adoption. The cost of this is covered within the adoption fee.

    You must register your dog as soon as practicable with a veterinary surgery. You are responsible for the cost of veterinary care, this includes vaccines, flea and worm treatment. Your dog will have been seen at least once by a vet prior to adoption.

    With most rescue dogs we often do not know much about their past. We can make no guarantees against hereditary defects, illnesses or conditions.

    Phoenix Rehoming will describe a dog’s behaviour, including any problems to the best of its knowledge and belief. Phoenix Rehoming can make no guarantee that issues or problems will not arise when the dog is adopted. You have a responsibility to seek professional help from a trainer or behaviourist if problems do arise. The cost of such help lies with the adopter. We are on hand to provide help and advice.

    You MUST have spent sufficient time with any dog prior to adoption to ensure that you are absolutely certain that you wish to adopt the dog. You adopt a dog by choice, you are under no obligation to do so if you do not believe the dog is suitable. You must walk any prospective dog and ALL family members must have met him or her. This includes any resident dogs. You are encouraged to make multiple visits before coming to any decision. We do offer trial periods in certain circumstances.

    Phoenix Rehoming will not be liable or responsible for any illness or injury of the dog post adoption.

    If you adopt an unneutered dog (for example a puppy) you agree that YOU will arrange for the dog to be neutered according to advice from your veterinary surgeon. You understand that this will be at YOUR cost. Phoenix Rehoming is not responsible for the cost of neutering dogs post adoption.

    You must ensure that your dog is insured for the duration of his/her life. Phoenix Rehoming works in Partnership with Agria Pet Insurance. We will arrange 5 weeks free insurance with Agria upon adoption. You agree that in order to do this we will pass your contact details to Agria who may contact you to offer you continued insurance cover.

    Your personal information is not shared with anyone else without your prior agreement.

    You will NOT euthanise your dog without agreement from a Phoenix Rehoming team member unless in the case of physical accident, injury or illness a veterinary surgeon deems the dog to be suffering and that euthanasia is the only humane option.

    All Phoenix dogs are clinically examined by a vet. In areas of endemic disease, the dogs are blood tested for leishmaniasis, heartworm, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Every step is taken to ensure dogs from such countries are disease free. There are very rare occasions when such diseases are dormant and not identified during testing only to appear later, post adoption. We urge all adopters to carry out their own research about these diseases. Phoenix Rehoming accepts no liability for such diseases which are diagnosed post adoption.

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