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Foster for us

This is a small sample of some of the dogs that we have available for foster at the moment. This page will change quickly as new vulnerable dogs come in and not all of the dogs that we have available for foster will be able to be posted here. Some dogs will need to be moved quickly, so if you are interested in becoming a general foster for us and not for a particular dog, then please fill out the general registration form for fostering in the main menu. Once approved, you will then be added to a private facebook page and able to see all of the dogs we have available at that time. Please help us reach our goal to continue to rescue and re-home as many dogs as possible. Your generous support is what makes the difference to the plight of some very vulnerable spaniels.  

Spaniels come to SARR from a wide variety of backgrounds - some good, some bad. Their first experience with us is with a foster family and, in most cases, we have very little information about them.

 

The purpose of fostering is to give the dog an immediate safe place and to assess it over a period of weeks so that the eventual adoptive family have an accurate picture of the dog before they make the decision to adopt. Our fosterers are invaluable to us and without them, we wouldn't be able to help any dogs

 

Before volunteering to foster, you should be prepared to accept a dog that may have complex needs.

Often our vet bills are very high. Each of our foster dogs have a support button if you would like to make a donation. 

THANK YOU, ALL SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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Name: Rufus

FOSTER LOCATION - Swansea

BREED OF DOG - Cockapoo

SEX OF DOG - Male

AGE - 6 yrs 

NEUTERED - no due to anxieties

VACCINATED - Yes

HEALTH ISSUES - small lump near his tail which has been vet checked ( no concerns )

BITE - BEHAVIORAL ISSUES - a recent visit to a different groomers when she apparently man handled and grazed him .

He is now fearful of groomers .

He was being carried when the person tripped over her table leg and dropped him on the floor falling at the side of him , he reacted out of fear and bit her finger.

CATS- no

DOGS - has lived with a female cockapoo, he is dog friendly and submissive .

CHILDREN - hasn’t lived with children but very good around friends and family children but due to his anxieties older teenagers only .

Rufus is a much loved boy but due to recent changes in circumstances he finds himself needing a loving home .

Rufus Is good on and off lead , checking that you are still around and not going too far after his first initial run .

He has good recall and always goes back to his owner .

When meeting other dogs he is interested in sniffing them but if they are over friendly he will hide behind his owners legs .

Rufus is house trained , he does not use a crate but does sleep in the bedroom on the floor , so keep this in mind as he will need to keep to this routine at least until he has decompressed and is used to his new environment . He is an anxious boy, which will need to be kept in mind, but extremely friendly.

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Name: Ralph

FOSTER HOME WANTED

I am looking for a foster for Ralph , an experienced couple or a single person with a calm home , no children , or other pets .

A foster who will be prepared to work with Ralph understand his body language , give him time to adjust and understand his ways and needs .

His family really are lovely and he is a much loved boy , they contacted me today as a last resort as the behaviourist advised euthanasia which upset them greatly as you can imagine.

They feel that he should be a given a chance and we are hoping that there is the right home out there for Ralph

LOCATION - Southport, PR8

DOGS NAME Ralph

BREED OF DOG Cocker Spaniel

SIZE OF DOG Small cocker spaniel

THE DOGS AGE 6

THE DOGS SEX Male

NEUTERED Yes

VACCINATED Yes

CHILDREN - no

CATS - no

IS THE DOG GOOD WITH OTHER DOGS - No

AGRESSION DETAILS Ralph is not actively aggressive towards other dogs - when walking he likes his own space and we usually walk him on his lead away from other dogs.

Issues occur if another dog is off the lead and approach him quickly as he is nervous. If the other dog continues to harass him he can become aggressive.

Ralph has been socialised with another family dog who he spends time with regularly but this has been done over a sustained period of time. He is fed separately and all goods/possessions are removed.

We would not recommend that he is homed with another dog.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S PERSONALITY Ralph is a happy, playful and loving cocker spaniel, who is very well trained and obedient. He loves to keep you company and please you, however he does have a very nervous personality and has shown aggression across the 7 years we have had him.

Ralph prefers his own company, however is very affectionate and will approach you when he feels ready. Ralph loves to walk and play with his 2 owners and is always very keen to be active and on the go.

Ralph can be fear aggressive if he is startled or approached unexpectantly by new people and dogs.

Ralph has to feel comfortable in his environment and surroundings as he can resource guard and show agression when he feels uncomfortable (this is usually around food, bedtime and when he is relaxing).

Patience, love and care is needed to understand Ralph and his environment, but when you know how to manage him and read his body language he quickly settled and gains your trust - it’s important to not overwhelm and push Ralph’s boundaries.

BITE CIRCUMSTANCES

Ralph has bitten when he is fearful or in a nervous environment.

Mostly this is when he has been approached when he feels uncomfortable and has been startled, or he resource guarding.

Ralph would need someone who reads his body language and respects his space when he requires this.

HAVE YOU SOUGHT ADVICE FROM A BEHAVIOURIST / DOG TRAINER?

Yes

IS THE DOG HOUSE TRAINED - Yes

CAN THE DOG BE LEFT ALONE- Yes

Up to 6 hours a day - Ralph is very comfortable in his own company

DOES THE DOG BARK OR CHEW THINGS WHEN LEFT ALONE- No

DOES THE DOG TRAVEL WELL IN CAR Yes

IS THE DOG CRATE TRAINED- Yes

DOES THE DOG PULL ON LEAD-

No

WHAT IS THE RECALL LIKE OFF LEAD- good

WHERE DOES THE DOG SLEEP AT NIGHT? In his own bed usually in room with owners however would be fine in a different room.

REASON FOR RELINQUISHING We have owned Ralph for 7 years and he is our best friend and this makes this such a difficult decision.

As we are now expecting our first baby, although we can manage Ralph now, it will be extremely difficult when a baby comes along. This will add stress for both us and Ralph and having to segregate him would not provide Ralph will the quality of life he is used to.

As Ralph can be unpredictable we have to tightly manage his surroundings and environments.

Ralph is a perfect companion but requires someone who will provide structure and respect his boundaries.

He is very obedient and intelligent however requires patience and understanding for his behaviour.

We would recommend that Ralph would be suited to an owners who do not have children or other dogs. He is unfortunately not suited to a busy family environment however in the right home would be someone’s best friend.

Home check applies

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Name:Oscar

Breed of Dog: Breton

Size of Dog: Medium

Age of Dog: 2

Sex of Dog: Male

Has the dog been neutered?: Yes

Has the dog been microchipped?: Yes

Has the dog been vaccinated?: Yes

Is the dog aggressive with other dogs?: Yes it seems to be some male dogs .

Does the dog have any medical conditions, or disabilities?: No

Describe the dog's personality: Very loving and bouncy

Has the dog lived with other dog(s)?: Yes

Has the dog lived with children?: No

Has the dog ever bitten a person?: No

Is the dog house trained?: Yes

Can the dog be left alone?: Yes

Is the dog crate trained?: Yes

Does the dog bark or chew things when left alone?: Yes if left for long periods

Does the dog travel well in car?: Yes

Does the dog pull on lead?: No

What is the recall like off lead?: No

Is the dog cat friendly? No

Where does the dog sleep at night?: lounge

Has it lived with cats?: No

Reason for relinquishing?: Husbands health

Does the dog have any special dietary requirements?: None

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Name:Rosie and Rocco

FOSTER WANTED( together please )

Rosie and Rocco are brilliant dogs , they have no behavioural issues , are well trained and great with children and other dogs .

LOCATION -

Trethomas, Cf83

DOGS NAME Rosie (black cocker ) and Rocco

BREED OF DOG Working cocker spaniel

SIZE OF DOG Medium

THE DOGS AGE 5

THE DOGS SEX 1 female 1 male

NEUTERED? No

HAS THE DOG BEEN MICROCHIPPED? Yes

HAS THE DOG BEEN VACCINATED? Yes

IS THE DOG AGGRESSIVE WITH OTHER DOGS? Not at all

DOES THE DOG HAVE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS, OR DISABILITIES

No

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S PERSONALITY Very friendly dogs very playful

HAS THE DOG LIVED WITH OTHER DOG(S)? Yes

HAS THE DOG LIVED WITH CHILDREN? Yes

LIVED WITH CHILDREN DETAILS 2 children one age 12 the other 1

HAS THE DOG EVER BITTEN A PERSON? No

HAVE YOU SOUGHT ADVICE FROM A BEHAVIOURIST / DOG TRAINER? No

IS THE DOG HOUSE TRAINED? Yes

CAN THE DOG BE LEFT ALONE? Yes

LEFT ALONE HOW LONG? 4 hrs

DOES THE DOG BARK OR CHEW THINGS WHEN LEFT ALONE? No

DOES THE DOG TRAVEL WELL IN CAR? Yes

IS THE DOG CRATE TRAINED? Yes

DOES THE DOG PULL ON LEAD? No

WHAT IS THE RECALL LIKE OFF LEAD? Yes good

WHERE DOES THE DOG SLEEP AT NIGHT? In the house

IS THE DOG CAT FRIENDLY? Yes

HAS IT LIVED WITH CATS? No

DOES THE DOG HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS No

PLEASE ADD ANY FURTHER COMMENTS THAT ARE RELEVANT These dog are very playful and active and if possible would love them to go together.

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Name:Dotty

FOSTER WANTED

Dotty is an 8 year old cocker spaniel.

I will need a home where she isn’t left for long periods as she forms a strong attachment and doesn’t like to be left.

She truly is a lovely girl. She originally came from a home full of animals to her current home where it is just her and a cat , which she loves as she is the centre of attention.

She is a friendly dog with a great temperament. She is so good with children and all small animals.

She is great at the vets and being groomed.

She has been bred in the past and therefore sometimes doesn’t tolerate male dogs approaching her.

She will bark and make a noise but has never gone for another dog or caused any harm to any other animal, just wants to warn them away from her.

She is fully vaccinated and recently had a health check with her vet. Not spayed.

Dotty is in need of a home full of love, time and patience and an owner who can be around most of the time .

Location - Nottingham

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Name:Ollie

FOSTER WANTED

LOCATION - STAFFORDSHIRE ST9

OLLIE - Age 12 months

NEUTRED - not yet

DOGS - yes

CHILDREN- no

Ollie needs a new home as is nipping the children in his current home .

He has also nipped his owner’s hand.

He and the resident older male dog are not getting on leading to altercations .

Although he gets on well with the female dogs so possibly a male thing.

He is still a bouncy puppy , he needs training and guidance .

He is very boisterous and full of it !

He needs , time , patience and work !!

Needs lead work , 99% housetrained.

Can be left but not for long periods.

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Name: Milo and Rolo

FOSTER WANTED

Location - Swansea

Meet Milo and Rolo

These lovely boys have been surrendered today .

They are both entire and 2 years old, they are good friends who would ideally like to stay together or if not with another dog as they are good with dogs and like the company .

They have been living outdoors and used for breeding purposes.

These boys are so adorable despite their bad haircuts

They are looking for a home , a warm bed , kindness , nice walks which they haven’t experienced and someone to love them

Come on folks open up your homes and hearts to show these boys what life should be about and how to be a spaniel

Registration and home check applies

Link below to register

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Name: Daisy

FOSTER LOCATION - Croydon

BREED OF DOG - Working Cocker Spaniel

SEX OF DOG - Female

COLOUR OF DOG - Chocolate

AGE - 7 yrs 

Young Child and Dog free please

I am looking for a calm home for Daisy , ideally dog free but another dog in the home that isn’t dependent on their owner and is happy to have time a way in another room whilst Daisy has her own space .

Daisy will need time to adapt and decompress , this really must be adhered too as she can be very anxious .

She has been through so much in her life.

She has recently had a behaviourist assessment , and we will assign a behaviourist to you , to support ,advise and work with you .

In Daisy’s previous home since the birth of the baby , despite correct and careful introductions her stress levels were so high she just couldn’t cope any more and went for the baby on the face .

Thankfully no great harm was done but her family felt that they could no longer trust Daisy .

She went into foster where there was a resident male cocker , as her previous owner said she was better with males and with slow introductions she would be fine .

Unfortunately due to the resident dog being very dependant on his owner, giving both dogs time away from each is just not working .

Hence me having to identify another suitable foster .

Daisy loves people once she knows she can trust you but is anxious of strangers at first .

Daisy will need lots of time and reassurance to adapt in her new environment .

She is incredibly food driven which can help with training and gaining her trust.

She loves her tennis ball.

She is ok with teenagers (once she knows she is safe) but does not like toddlers or loud noises.

She will cuddle up to her favourite people and take a fuss, but she prefers to come to you on her terms for strokes and cuddles and sometimes prefers to be left alone in her own space .

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Name:Pepe

This is Pepe , he is 2 years old and is currently at Spain .

He escaped death at his hands of cruel Hunters .

He has never experienced kindness

He is waiting in hope for his own family and home in the U.K.

Could you be his family ? Could you change his life and give him the life that he truly deserves ?

Could you show him kindness and love.

He is an active healthy boy full of energy.

More info can be given by contacting 

Dawn Clough

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Name:Guss

I am looking for a dog free or possibly and older calmer dog foster home for Guss.

Guss was adopted but due to him and the resident male not getting on he is being returned to SARR.

Guss displays nervous aggression when meeting other dogs , no people agression whatsoever .

He isn’t good when left so ideally someone who can be around all if not most of the time.

He can’t be left in his crate or he will try to get out and could hurt himself , although he will settle over night in the crate with no problem .

He is a lovely boy and will thrive as an only dog as he enjoys attention without another dog being around .

LOCATION - Preston PR6

NAME OF DOG -Guss

BREED OF DOG-ESS

SEX OF DOG- Male

COLOUR OF DOG Black and white

CURRENT WEIGHT 15 kilo

AGE OR DOB OF DOG Approx 2.5

DATE OF NEUTERING Chemical March 2023

DATE OF LAST WORM TREATMENT May 2023

DATE OF LAST FLEA/TICK TREATMENT May 2023

DATE OF LAST BOOSTER 9/1/2023

IS DOG CURRENTLY ON ANY MEDICATION? IF SO PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. No

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Name:Bella

Location - Chesterfield Derbyshire I am looking for a dog free experienced foster home. Bella (12 months old ) has been passed for pillar to post and since arriving in emergency foster it’s become obvious she has been badly treated and due to this she is reactive in some situations. Bella is a beautiful girl who will accept fuss, but on her terms. She loves a belly rub, and is becoming increasingly playful. She will now take treats - providing they are sausages! She will sit when given her food, she eats nicely and doesn't gobble her food. She has slept in a crate, and sometimes walks straight in. She is house trained, she doesn't ask to out during the day but will bark at night if she needs to go outside. She hasn't really interacted with our other dogs in a playful way, she prefers to sit with people all the time. This has, however, caused issues as she is now growling at the other dogs when they come to us for fuss. She also snapped and drew blood on one of them. Bella will let you touch her but can react badly when her collar is touched - we have made it a game to touch her neck and collar but if even the tiniest amount of pressure is put on her lead then she will show her teeth, growl or snap. We have used a slip lead on her and got her used to walking around the house and garden but it's definitely work in progress. Bella does not like being groomed - we have been slowly introducing her to brushes and combs but she makes her objections clear - her nails and fur are overgrown and her fur matted in places as we have not been able to gain her trust enough yet. Bella has drawn blood on both me and my friend - unprovoked in my case and because my friend had touched her. My honest opinion is that she has been extremely badly treated in her past and will need lots of time in a dog free, child free environment where she can learn to trust and be a dog again.

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Name:Hugo

LONG TERM FOSTER WANTED LOCATION - Kilmarnock Hugo had a bad start, and was less than two years old when he was first surrendered to Spaniel Assist , we tried him in three different homes before he finally settled with a lovely couple, and he stayed with them for four years. Hugo's main bond was with his 'Dad', and sadly he passed away very recently. This made Hugo more anxious, and he was struggling to cope with the change, and as his 'Mum' is in ill health and couldn't walk him . Long term foster means that the dog remains the property and responsibility of Spaniel Assist, so vet/and behaviourist costs are covered, but it gives the dog the home that he needs. Hugo doesn't like other pets in the home, although he can walk past dogs when out without incident, so his new foster home will need to be pet free. It will also need to be child free, as Hugo simply isn't used to children. Hugo gets very anxious when left alone, so his new home would need to have someone at home for most of the time, certainly to start with. Maya, the behaviourist working with Hugo, believes that with the right training he can learn that being alone doesn't have to be scary, so this issue may indeed improve with time. If there was a miracle, then his new home would be in Ayrshire, where his behaviourist and the people who love him could be near enough to support him and his new foster. If the best home for him is at the other end of the country then so be it, we'll transport him and behaviourist support will still be available. Here's what Maya, his behaviourist, has to say about him . . . Maya Rae McCallum Maya Canine Behaviourist "If you feel you can help a dog with challenging issues but who, at the same time is intelligent, loyal, fun and very eager to please then please take time to consider Hugo. Hugo is a 6 y/o Cocker Spaniel who I have had the pleasure to work with over the past 4 years. Hugo came from England initially and when he arrived in Ayrshire it was evident that Hugo’s needs were complex and a foster home would have to be carefully selected. So when I took Hugo to meet a potential home here in Ayrshire, it was love at first sight and the gentleman and Hugo bonded immediately. After several meet and greets, walks and play times Hugo was ready to move into his new home, and the good news is Hugo was a happy boy ever since. Now, sadly, Hugo’s foster has passed away and Hugo is once again looking for an understanding and experienced foster who can take care of his needs and offer the enrichment we all know Spaniels need and deserve. Hugo is a reactive dog but this is proven to be managed successfully by consistency in training practice which will lead to preferred response as Hugo does like to get things right, to receive praise and of course treats. Hugo also suffers from separation anxiety, largely due to the fact that his previous foster was at home with him all the time but again this clever boy can be guided away from anxious behaviour in the correct environment and with continuing behavioural support. Spaniel Assist will continue to offer behavioural support for Hugo’s new home wherever he is placed. If there are no professionals behaviourists in that area then I will be happy to offer support remotely. Naturally, Hugo’s behaviour has regressed due to foster demise but we are confident that this bright and bouncy boy will recover in a safe and secure home where he receives the consistency and routine on which he thrives. Hugo’s needs: Quiet home, with few visitors and someone around all day Handler experienced in dealing with canine reactivity and is fit enough to take Hugo for the long walks he loves. Hugo also enjoys car trips. No other pets, no children." And this has come from John and Andrea, the volunteers who have been walking Hugo since his foster died . . . "We feel with the right person Hugo will be good companion, he has started to follow me at home, he has relaxed and made himself at home, likes to lay on the couch. He had a good wander round the house going in and out of the back door. He's a happy boy in the fields or on the beach, he loves outdoor life." So there we are, a lovely dog, bringing his own baggage which will need patience and understanding to work through, but we'll be right there to support his new foster. He may look like a Yeti in the photograph, but he's going for a close-clip under anaesthetic on Wednesday, and I'll post a new photo when that's been done. If you, or anyone you know, thinks that you may have a space in your home and heart for Hugo, then please contact us .

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Name:Affy

FOSTER TO ADOPT HOME WANTED

LOCATION - Amesbury Wiltshire

I am looking for a Dog Free home for Affy , due to the fact he doesn’t get on with one of the other resident males .

He isn’t like this with all dogs but it’s not worth taking that risk .

Please read his owners evaluation below .

Affy is approximately 18 months old and was rescued as a puppy. He is fully vaccinated and recently had his undesended testicle removed, but the depended testicle is still in place (vet’s recommendation).

He is very much the typical energetic springer spaniel, who loves long walks and needs regular exercise and mental stimulation. In return he is very affectionate, and will snuggle up on the sofa next to you, or lay on the back of the sofa with his head on your shoulder.

He is friendly to visitors, and has shown no aggression to people directly, however he doesn’t get on well with one of our other dogs, who is a year older, and the aggression is escalating.

Having sought help over the past six months, his aggression towards our other dog is escalating and has lead to my partner being injured in the crossfire.

Therefore, we have had to make the heart breaking decision for both Affy and everyone else’s welfare to rehome him.

we can’t keep them apart easily and I don’t want to resort to keeping him in his crate.

Affy is quite possessive over food, and is fed separately to the others, but we don’t have the same issues over toys.

Currently Affy is on a raw diet, with wheat free kibble as an alternative. He is very food driven.

Training wise, he is good on the lead, and his recall of the lead is good to, however like all spaniels of his age, his training needs to be kept up.

He is crate trained, and sleeps overnight and can be left for a few hours in the day, however, leave him in the crate for to long after you get up and he turns into Houdini !

He is also partial to the odd sock or tea towel, but this is improving with the use of chew toys.

Affy is a lovely boy and will thrive as an only dog .

Link below to register

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Name: Bailey

FOSTER WANTED

LOCATION - Swansea

Bailey male Cockapoo needs a new home due to his mum being in hospital for a long time

He doesn’t know whats going on at the moment as his mum is now home but the house is very busy whilst everything gets put in place for her care .

She can’t walk and has limited movement .

Bailey isn’t coping , he isn’t getting out and is becoming very frustrated .

He has never shown any aggression towards anyone but will bark at strangers.

The family feel he is currently very overwhelmed and is confused .

He has acted out of character and they are not sure what exactly happened with the carers, but it seems to be they frightened him so he barked/ growled out of fear.

He loves water, being out on walks so an active home needed.

He lives with an older dog and they are fine together .

He is 7 to 8yr old, needs vaccs and is not neutered. Needs clipping as he is terribly matted .

Obviously not intentionally but he has been neglected due to his owners illness .

Poor little guy he must be so confused .

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