Yes, we know, all the dogs we help here at SHAMROQ are simply adorable, but what should you do if you think you've seen the one for you? Firstly, head to our Adopt Me section and read through the in-depth profile attached to each dog. Every profile contains important information to help you get an idea of each dog's personality and what they need in a forever home. We strive to ensure that every dog stays with the family who adopts them from us. So once you've read through the dog's profile, if it sounds like the dog would be a good fit for your home, family and lifestyle, then click the Apply button at the bottom of the profile page, and complete a Pre-Adoption Questionnaire.
SHAMROQ doesn't have a shelter or kennels - all the dogs we assist are placed in private foster homes whilst they're in our care. Once your Pre-Adoption Questionnaire has been assessed by our Adoption Co-ordinator, you'll be contacted by our team to arrange a property check, and after that a meet-and-greet with your chosen dog. It may sound complicated, but our process helps us ensure a furrytail ending for every dog.
Frequently asked questions
How do I go about becoming a foster carer?
To add a newTo express interest in becoming a SHAMROQ foster carer, please complete a Foster Carer Enquiry form. You can complete and submit the Foster Carer Enquiry online, or you can download the form from our Forms page, complete it and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Similarly to the adoption process, foster carers are matched with the right dog for their lifestyle. We take many factors into consideration when placing a dog in care. Depending on what kind of fencing the individual dog requires, whether he/she is compatible with other dogs, with cats or children, a suitable foster carer is chosen. We are always happy to add additional foster carers to our database, but we may not have a dog suited to your lifestyle right away.
How do I adopt a dog?
How do I meet a dog that I've seen on your website or social media?
What do adoption fees cover?
When we take a dog into our care, we incur the costs associated with ensuring the dog is vaccinated up to date, desexed and microchipped, as well as costs for any other veterinary treatment and rehabilitation a dog may require. The adoption fee we charge is a nominal fee to try and cover some of these costs as well as expenses associated with the day-to-day care of the dog.
What if I adopt a dog and it isn't working out?
All of our adoptions commence with a two-week trial period, which gives the dog a little time to settle in and allows both dog and owner to get to know each other. If, during this trial period, you experience any problems or decide you don't wish to proceed with the adoption, you are not obligated to continue and the dog will be returned to SHAMROQ.
I need to rehome my Northern breed dog. Can SHAMROQ help?
SHAMROQ can provide an assisted rehoming service, where we will advertise your dog for adoption on our website, Facebook page and PetRescue listing. We will receive and manage applications to adopt your dog in the same manner as we do with dogs in our care, however your dog must remain in your care until such time as a suitable new home has been found. You know your dog better than anyone, so we will liaise with you to ensure that they are going to a suitable home.
Can I shave my Northern breed dog?
The short answer is "No". We definitely do not recommend shaving of any double-coated breed. For more information about why, please refer to our Resources and Breed Info pages or this informative diagram that explains how air flow to the skin can be affected.