A full 100% of our energies go into one sole aim – into finding loving and caring homes for our abandoned and abused dogs for today and for the rest of their lives. The protection AFOT will give is lifelong.
We are looking for homes that are secure, where owners are committed to meeting their dogs needs to giving their dog the right amount of regular exercise, training if required, providing a good diet and meeting any special dietary or medical requirements the dog may have.
We also seek owners who ensure that their animal is taken to the vet whenever they need it and would recommend pet insurance being taken out in the days leading up to your pet arriving.
But most important of all we seek forever homes and owners who are prepared give them the respect, appreciation, and all the love they deserve.
Animal Friends of Turkey and their supporters go to extraordinary lengths and considerable expense to bring a single dog back to the UK.
Voluntary adoption donations
In return we expect something from those families who wish to adopt one of our dogs and offer it a chance of happiness, we place great value on these pets.
There is no set fee for adoption but we do request a voluntary donation of a minimum of £490 to help towards costs. If we are to deliver to either Devon/Cornwall, South Wales/ West Wales, Norfolk and Scotland then we request a minimum voluntary donation of £590.
The success of an application is not dependent on whether a donation is offered. However, it can have a positive influence in the consideration of an application.
As we are a charity that often lives hand to mouth on the generosity of supporter donations, the offer of a donation can make the difference in making the transportation of their preferred dog possible.
All our dogs are neutered, chipped, wormed and will have had all their vaccinations before they leave Turkey.
The cost of veterinary, a minimum of four months foster care, the export paperwork and the transportation costs by road to the UK costs Animal Friends of Turkey (AFOT) in the region of £1,500 per animal. This does not include any extra veterinary care they may need above and beyond preparation for travel. The £490 (£590 for Devon/Cornwall, South Wales/ West Wales, Norfolk and Scotland) adoption donation is a contribution donation towards this cost. We are lucky in that many adopters choose to offer a donation in excess of this sum.
If you are keen on adopting one of our wonderful animals then please browse through our available dogs on this site.
If one of them strikes you as the pet of your dreams then you can apply to adopt using our online application form.
Where adopters agree to pay the £490/£590 voluntary donation this is payable in two instalments as follows:
- £245 (£295 Devon/Cornwall, South Wales/ West Wales, Norfolk and Scotland) payable a week after your home check has been approved
- £245 (£295 Devon/Cornwall, South Wales/ West Wales, Norfolk and Scotland) payable a month before your pets due arrival date
- Please note if we are able to transport your dog within a month of approval then payment of the full amount becomes payable immediately
We have our own in-house transport to ensure continuity of care and your dog will be collected from its foster home or our Halfway House sanctuary and (in accordance with UK regulations and DEFRA) will be delivered directly to your door. Our journeys can be closely followed via a private Facebook group set up specifically for those adopters on that trip only.
Our adopters are advised of the planned date of delivery as soon as the dog is fully cleared for travel by the authorities in Turkey.
Application and Home check
Once your online application has been approved, we will then process you to the next stage which will involve a phone call from one of our Team and arrangements made for a home check visit with one of our Country wide home check volunteers who will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time. It is imperative that all members of the family are present at this visit.
Please note we do not normally re -home to people who have to leave their animals alone for more than 4-5 hours unless arrangements are in place for a dog walker or other family members who do not live in the family home.
We are getting a high volume of applications at the moment due to the spike in demand for dogs across the UK. As a result, we are prioritising those applicants with strong past experience of taking on rescue dogs and managing any issues that may arise.
We judge each application by the following set of criteria:
- we will not normally rehome to anyone who works full-time and is unable to offer our dogs the time and attention they deserve
- we will not rehome to anyone who intends to regularly leave their dog alone for more than four hours without proper arrangements being in place
- we do not normally rehome a dog into a family with children under the age of 12 years
- a secure garden is essential and we regularly work with adopters to ensure all relevant boundaries have fencing of at least five feet in height
- we will not rehome a dog into a home with un-neutered dogs unless it can be shown this is for medical reasons
- we will not rehome to breeders whether they are professional or casual breeders
- we will not rehome into a home where an animal in your care has been euthanised for reasons other than sickness or old age
We are eager to maximise the chance of finding the ideal match and we go to great lengths to bring the right dog and the right adopter together. It also helps to ensure we place our precious animals in a home that can deliver all those things set out above.
These animals have all experienced hard times and rejection too many times, some have been horrifically abused but most carry baggage and they deserve a settled, happy future and our policies help ensure this.
If you are happy with our policies and would like to apply to adopt one of our dogs then please complete the application form by clicking here
Please note Animal Friends of Turkey (AFOT) reserves the right to refuse any application