Frequently Asked Questions
about adopting a dog from Wiccaweys

For more information, please read the HOW TO ADOPT section fully before calling.

Do you rehome to families with children?
Yes, we do. Wiccaweys do not have blanket rules when it comes to children and their ages.
Each home is assessed as an individual, and each dog needing a home is assessed as an individual. We will only recommend dogs that suit the home being offered, and all we ask is that people are realistic and honest about things.

Do you rehome to families with children or adults with autism / disabilities / special needs?
Yes, we do. Wiccaweys do not have blanket rules. Each home is assessed as an individual, and each dog needing a home is assessed as an individual. We will only recommend dogs that suit the home being offered, and all we ask is that people are realistic about their capabilities and are honest about what they can offer and what they can cope with. There is a suitable dog for everyone, its just about matching them together.

Do you rehome to older folks?

Yes, we do. Wiccaweys do not have an upper age limit for folks adopting a dog. Just because someone is an older person, does not mean they do not have a lot of love and are capable of giving a loving home to give to a dog. Each home is assessed as an individual, and each dog needing a home is assessed as an individual. We will only recommend dogs that suit the home being offered, and all we ask is that people are realistic and honest about things. We have an excellent support network for our older adopters if it is required and it is made very clear that should anything happen to the adopter in the future, that their family knows that the dog comes back to Wiccaweys. The family does not need to be worried about being left with a dog they can not care for. The dog always has a place with Wiccaweys. Our oldest adopter was a very spritely 93yrs old!

Do you rehome to full time workers?

Yes, we do. Wiccaweys do not have blanket rules when it comes to full time workers. Each home is assessed as an individual, and each dog needing a home is assessed as an individual. We will only recommend dogs that suit the home being offered, and all we ask is that people are realistic and honest about things, and have to open minds to the type of dog that will be suitable for their environment. In this day and age it is unrealistic to expect every person wishing to adopt a dog to be home all day, most people have to work to earn a living. We will give advice on the amount of time dogs can be left and other information to help full time workers give a dog a loving and happy home.

Do we have to have a home check?
Yes, you do. Home visits are very important to assess the type of home being offered. All potential homes will be fully home checked. We always carry out a home visit before anyone comes to meet a dog. When we carry out a home visit we are not just there to make sure the garden is secure, we are there to offer help and advice too. Our home checks are not a 10 minute operation. We expect to spend a considerable amount of time with the family, getting to know them and any exisiting animals they may have. You will be asked to complete an adoption application. We will not accept a vets reference or a previous home check from another organisation - we always carry out our own home visit. We never pass on results, details or information about your home visit to other organisations under any circumstances. Your privacy is assured under data protection.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO HAVE A HOME CHECK UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY READY TO OFFER A DOG A HOME AND ARE IN A POSITION TO PROCEED WITH AN ADOPTION IF SUCCESSFUL. WE DO NOT KEEP HOME CHECKS CURRENT FOR LONGER THAN 2 MONTHS.

We live a long way from Wiccaweys, can we adopt a dog from you?
Yes, you can. We home dogs all over the country, and we have a network of trusted home checkers across the country. All our home checkers are volunteers and very kindly give their time freely to carry out homechecks on our behalf at their own expense, sometimes taking time of work to carry out a check, and often travelling a considerable distance to complete a home check. Home checkers do this all out of the goodness of their hearts - and to do their bit to help rescued dogs into new homes. Please do not ask to have a homecheck arranged unless you are ready to adopt a dog, are completely committed to adopting a dog and are prepared to travel to North Lincolnshire to meet the dog.

Do we have to have 6ft fences?

Wiccaweys do not have blanket rules when it comes to fence heights. While it is preferable to have 6ft fences, we appreciate that it isn't always possible, especially in rural areas. We do ask that the garden is secure, or there is a secure area for the dog to use for toileting and pottering around while they learn their boundries. Each home is assessed as an individual, and each dog needing a home is assessed as an individual. We will only recommend dogs that suit the home being offered, and all we ask is that people are realistic and honest about things.

We have other animals, can we adopt a dog and how will it work?
Yes, you can adopt a dog. Wiccaweys do not have blanket rules when it comes to existing animals in the potential home. Each home is assessed as an individual, and each dog needing a home is assessed as an individual. We will only recommend dogs that suit the home being offered, and all we ask is that people are realistic and honest about their existing animals personalities and about their own capabilities along with what they and their animals can cope with. There is a suitable dog for everyone, its just about matching them together. The dogs at Wiccaweys regularly see cats, horses, cows, sheep, goats and poultry. We know exactly who is good with other animals and who isn't. We also know who is indifferent to other animals and could go either way, depending on how the dog is introduced to strange new animals. We do expect potential adopters to bear in mind, that whilst we can show how the dogs interact with the animals at Wiccaweys, we have no control over how the other animals in the new home will react to the dog. That is when the new adopter has to take responsibility for the care of their animals and introduce a new dog appropriately based on advice given by Wiccaweys. No dog, however good they are, should be expect to walk into a new home and immediately be able to run alongside strange chickens for example. With the best will in the world, if those chickens panic because they have no idea why this 'prededator' is among them, then all that flapping and squawking could excite even the most restrained of dogs. People should not expect a dog to take the responsibility in these cases.

Are the dogs neutered or spayed? What about vaccinations?
Yes, the dogs are neutered or spayed. The only time a dog is not is if they are too young, too old, or have medical reason not to be under advisement of our vet. All the dogs will be vaccinated, wormed, flea treated, neutered or spayed and microchipped. The vaccination card will be in the adoption pack, along with any medical history we may have. Please bear in mind most rescue dogs WILL NOT come with a full medical history since puppyhood. That is an unrealistic expectation.

What is the adoption donation?
Our suggested minimum donation is £200. Please remember you are making a donation towards the continuing work of the rescue, you are not buying a dog. Unlike some organisations we do not have a 'sliding scale' of prices based on age and breed (pedigree or otherwise). All the dogs are equal in our eyes. You can not put a price on a living being and deem one to be worth more or less than another. They are all dogs that need a home, regardless of age or sex.

Where is Wiccaweys?
Wiccaweys is based in Laughton Warren, Lincolnshire.


What is special about Wiccaweys?
When you adopt a dog from Wiccaweys, you are joining a huge family and you have the lifetime support that goes with that. You are taking home a dog that really does have rescue back up for life. You are taking home a dog that will have been well assessed by people who love and understand collies, a dog that will have been socialised and assessed with different animals as well as other dogs. We know and love our dogs. They are not Dog 5 in Kennel Block A. They are Molly, Buddy, Prince. They are individuals who have our respect. We know them and they know us. They are our family.



Note to potential adopters: Lassie, Cleo, Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue.

We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. Some dogs will come from genuine homes where situations have changed so the family have to part with a beloved friend, however mostly Rescues get the leftovers and forgotten dogs. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. The dogs that have been abandoned and see things and experienced things that they never should have. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up.

But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and with a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are individuals with their own personalities and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Crufts champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything.

Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. We can promise you this -- a rescue dog will make you a better person.