Once the rescue is happy with how you are working on site with the dog, plans will be made for you to go outside of the rescue, again under direct supervision, to see how you handle the dog in a “real life” environment. You will be expected to show how you would deal with certain situations such as traffic, other dogs, children, groups of people etc. and will be given direction on anything that you struggle with during this point. After a time it may be deemed acceptable that you can take the dog out without supervision. This process again will take as long or as short a time as the rescue deems appropriate.
After a time, foster placements can be discussed. These placements are individual to each dog and each prospective adoptee and will be worked out at the time. For example, in the case that the dog is still entire, steps will be taken to de-sex the dog and the dog will go out into post-op foster for no less than two weeks. After this point, the dog will be returned to the rescue and an assessment of how the placement went will be undertaken and will dictate anything after this point. In the case that the dog is not entire, a placement such as weekend home leave may be organised where the dog is slowly, but steadily introduced and allowed to get used to your home. All dogs leaving our care will be neutered or spayed by our vets; this is non-negotiable.
If you are successful with your adoption, congratulations, but it is important to keep in mind that the dog is still under the guardianship of Raymond Quinn and German Shepherds RRR. This means that at any point we can remove the dog from your care and back into ours and that we are not obliged to give you the reasons why. Generally the circumstances in which a reclaim like this would happen would be in cases of neglect, abuse, severe inability to control the dog, an attempt to rehome the dog without our knowledge/involvement or the use of aversive and overly punitive training methods (e.g shock collars, prong collars, training where the dog is denied access to food/water etc.). We also do not endorse any kind of bite or personal protection training and this can, and will, be another reason for the adoption to be terminated.
If you need more information or would like some more clarification on any of these points, please do not hesitate to ask. Our end goal is ultimately for the safety and the well-being of the dogs that we care for every day and while these terms are non-negotiable we will attempt to be as transparent and as helpful as we can be throughout the process.