Animals In Distress (A.I.D.)

My name is Zorba

Name: Zorba Ref: D-1379
Sex: Male Sterilised Yes
Born: 1.01.2014 Ok with Dogs Yes
Breed Mixed Ok with cats Not sure'
Size Medium-Large Ok with Children Yes
Height 46cm Weight  

Zorba was rescued from a bad situation and is afraid of persons. We have had him since June 2015 and he is only these last few weeks that he is coming to me. He is now gaining my trust and walks on the leash but cannot be let loose yet. He needs a very special person that would give him a loving home with lots and lots of patience.


"Before adopting a dog consider the following" 
 1. Remember that a Dog is a long commitment. Have you really thought about it? 
 2. Will the dog be left on its own all day? 
 3. Do you have time during the day to spend a couple of  hours with the dog?
 4. Will you have the patience to educate the dog when it's being difficult? 
 5. Will you walk the dog even in bad weather?
 6. Will you get annoyed when the dog steps into the house  or car  with dirty feet?
 7. Can anyone take care of the dog when you go on  holidays or are ill?
 8. Are you able to meet unexpected vet bills?


ADOPTING A DOG - (We reserve the right to deny the adoption of an animal)

NOTES - We do not receive any type of government or local authority funding to help the animals and we purely rely on fund raising. Every dog or cat that comes under our care is wormed, vaccinated, micro chipped and sterilised. The medical bill for each animal ranges from 70 – 210 euros or more each. This amount does not include things like other operations, food, collars, leads, flights, travel boxes etc.

Each long stay animal can cost on average 30 euros per month to feed, worm and flee treatment. This cost does not include vet treatment for other medical conditions that the animal may have.

What can I expect from my adopted dog?
Many dogs are found in a vastly neglected and malnourished state.
These dogs have had to fight to find food and survive.
Please keep this in mind if you want to adopt one of our dogs.
You cannot expect them to be the perfect pet from the first day. Some dogs need from a few days to a few months of trust and slow adjustment is needed.

Please do not give up after only 24 hours, how can you expect a dog to get to know and understand things in such a short time?
Some of these dogs have had a very sad past others are simply pets that have suddenly been left without a home, we therefore ask you to think twice before adopting and give these animals some time.
Some dogs have never been in a house, much less had love and hugs.

Every animal that comes in to us is prepared for this as they get as much love and attention as possible in our foster homes, but when they are adopted they are suddenly taken away and for some dogs this is another stressful situation but with enough patience and love things will turn out alright.

Adult dogs will need to understand commands in a new language, which will be very strange for them.
While the dogs are in our foster homes we try and teach them in English the basic commands e.g. come, sit, stay as well as walk on the lead and most answer to their new given name.
We get to know their character so that we can advise you when you place an adoption enquiry but will also advise you as to which dog would be most suitable for you.

Unfortunately, many people expect the perfect dog!
People will sometimes adopt a dog and after one week he still pees or messes in their new home or maybe barks a bit too much or he growls a bit, which is not a problem so they decide that the dog must be returned without making an effort to make it work.
Unfortunately you are adopting a dog, not purchasing a jar of coffee and you do not like that flavour so you exchange it or return it to the supermarket.
It is a living creature, sometimes with a very sad past, so we would prefer that you thought about it 10 times before you make the decision to adopt.

If you adopt a puppy please be patient as he will need more attention and he will for sure have little accidents all over the house. Make sure that you have some newspaper down and show it to the pup as that tends to work most of the time and take him out at regular intervals.
A grown dog will need lots of reassurance and love and be taken out at regular times on the lead for walks and to do their business

Unfortunately we can not always predict the behavior of a grown dog once he is in his new home, many factors can cause stress e.g. children, cats other dogs they do not know.

People are free to decide whether to buy a pure bred dog or adopt one from us or a refuge, but please remember that every time you buy a dog from a shop or breeder, you are killing a dog because if we cannot home our dogs then we cannot make space for others that could possible end up dead on the road, starve to death or end up in the local dog pound.

Every day we try and help animals and when we cannot we sometimes lay awake at night worrying as to where or what has happened to that poor dog
There biggest joy for us is when one of our dogs finally finds a forever home and we receive photos and information on their progress.
All we can do is hope that the new owners have made a conscious choice and that they have thought about it many times before the adoption


PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THE ANIMALS. Funds are needed to cover our ever increasing vet bills due to the amount of animals we rescue that are in need of operations due to road accidents etc...
Please make a donation via this link Large or small it will be gratefully received:

We ask you to read the following information to help you adapt to the adjustments you and your dog will make while becoming a whole family unit.

Most dogs in shelters and rescues have been there anywhere from a few days to several months. 
So even though when adopted they are going to a home with love and care devoted to them alone, they might have some difficulty understanding why they have "lost" another home. 

Things to Buy Before or Immediately After the Adoption

Food, bowls for water and food, a leash, collar, and bedding. You can acquire bedding by visiting several garage sales.  What works best are baby blankets, or thin blankets which can fit in the washing machine. Often cast-off, bulky comforters can be cut into quarters. 

An ID tag 
Some pet stores have machines were you can create an ID tag immediately.
Please bring a leash and collar with you when picking up your dog. 

The Adult Dog
There are many advantages to adopting an adult dog.  You already know the size and the disposition of your pet, something not known of a puppy.  However, you do not know your pet's past.  You do not know if he is housebroken or trained.  He has had to adjust to different situations so it is imperative you be patient with your new pet and let him know and understand your patterns.

The first day home

avoid your new best friend from getting diarrhoea from a change in diet, give boiled potatoes with the new food. Works great.  Rice also works but is more fattening.

Keep your new dog on a leash. 
Show him where his water and food dish are kept.  Show him where he is to sleep.  When he is indoors be sure and keep him confined with you, taking him outdoors at frequent intervals to relieve himself.   Take him to the same spot each time and praise him heartily when he goes.   Until he learns this new routine he will have to be watched closely.  If there is an accident in the house please do not assume he is not housebroken.  He must get accustomed to his new home and his new routines.  However, loudly say "NO!" and take him outside immediately.  You must catch the dog in the act if the correction is to be effective.  NEVER hit your dog if an accident occurs. Praise, not punishment, is the key to a well-behaved pet. 

Period of Adjustment
The first couple of weeks you and your pet are "getting to know one another".   He doesn't know why he has come to your home or what is expected of him.   Please be patient with him and anticipate problems before they occur.  Don't leave tempting shoes, clothing, or children's toys within reach of your dog.  If he is left out in your backyard while you work, please understand the first few days will be rough on him.  Try to leave the home with as little fanfare as possible.   Tearful goodbyes do nothing but add to your dog's anxiety. 

Things to Watch For
When he's first settling in, your dog may experience shyness, anxiety, restlessness, excitement, crying or barking.  He may exhibit excessive water drinking, frequent urination, or diarrhoea. His appetite may not be good.  If any of these symptoms last more than a few days, call your veterinarian. 

Be Consistent

Your new dog must learn a whole set of new rules.  Be patient and be consistent. If you want him off the furniture, don't allow him to sit on the couch "sometimes". Don't allow him to do something one time and forbid it another. 

Obedience Training

A six to eight week class taking one hour of your time one day a week, and a training lesson with your dog 1/2 hour a day, will teach your dog the simple obedience commands so necessary in having a well-behaved pet.  Just as we must teach our children manners, we must also teach our pet. 

A New Member of Your Family 

Within a week or two, your dog will have settled into his new home and his new routine. Some will take a little longer. Very few are unable to adjust at all. In most cases the dog will be a well-adjusted member of the family within a month. And well worth it, it will be. 
In fact, you will probably have trouble remembering when he wasn't one of you.


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