Adopting

  • Adopting a Hungarian Vizsla from Welfare can bring different challenges (but also special rewards) when compared to obtaining a young dog from a breeder. The dogs may well take time to adjust to their new home, and often will need basic training, sometimes house training, as you would a puppy.
  • These rescue dogs are very special, which is why we take such care to match the needs of the dog as closely as possible to the ideal and forever home. If you wish to be considered for one of our vizslas, we need as much information about you and your circumstances as possible. Almost always we will give priority to applicants that have current or past experience of the vizsla – or at least of other HPR breeds.
  • If you have thought about it carefully and are certain that you understand what is involved and would like to proceed then the Charity would very much like to hear from you. Please read our pre-adoption conditions and then complete this online application
online adoption application

What happens next

  • Our welfare officers will contact you to confirm that your details have been added to our waiting list. As we carefully match dogs to prospective owners and their circumstances, you may have to wait some time for the right dog to come along – once your name has been placed on our waiting list, if you find another dog in the meantime please let us know and we can remove your name
  • Your details will remain on the waiting list for 6 months then they will be removed at the end of the month. i.e. if you went on the waiting list in January and by June you are still waiting, contact us at the beginning of the month of June and say you wish to remain on for a further six months – if we have not heard from you by the end of the month then your details will be removed.You may be the last one placed on the list and the first to be offered a dog – as it is not “first come, first served” – it is always the person or family that suits them the best.

Adoption procedure

Once a suitable match has been identified, the adoption procedure is as follows:

  • If we find a welfare dog that may suit you, we will ask someone who lives near you to come and home check for us. We would contact you first and tell you who will be calling you to book an appointment to visit.
  • Once the home check is done, we will then invite you to meet the dog and us. Also if you have another dog please bring them when you come to visit so all of us can see them together.
  • We remain in contact with the dogs for the whole of their lives – if for any reason the dog has to be rehomed again, they must come back to Welfare.
    We do not charge for the dogs – but a donation is always welcome to help cover expenses.
  • If any Welfare dog has an existing condition that is uninsurable but considered by our vet not to compromise the dog’s quality of life, then, if required, Welfare will pay the expenses related to that condition for the adoptive owner.
  • All dogs and bitches must be neutered or spayed. If this has not been carried out by the time of adoption, it must be done once the vizsla has settled in to its new family or when maturity has been reached in the case of a puppy. As a general rule this would be after 15-18 months of age if a male or three months after a bitches second season. As always each case is treated with regard to the particular circumstances.
  • Welfare will be here if there are any unforeseen problems that arise with the adoptive dog and we will be happy to guide you through them.
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