If you feel you would like to consider the proposed Rhodesian Ridgeback, we will ask a Ridgeback Rescue Volunteer in your area to arrange to do a Home Check at a mutually convenient time. It is important that all members of the family are present as our volunteer will be explaining typical Rhodesian Ridgeback characteristics. Very often they will bring one of their Rhodesian Ridgebacks with them and they will want to ensure that everyone is fully aware of the pluses and minuses of owning one. They will aim to answer all your questions about the breed and assess your suitability to own a Rhodesian Ridgeback. An essential part of the home visit is an inspection of the garden, to make sure it is securely fenced. They will then have a chat with the Rescue Co-Ordinator who in turn will contact you about the next step.
We will give you further details of where the dog is and you will be able to go and meet them. We will supply as much information about the Rhodesian Ridgeback as possible, however we cannot guarantee their behaviour in every circumstance. If you feel they are the right Rhodesian Ridgeback for you, and everything is in place, you will be able to take them home. We will then arrange 5 weeks of free Insurance for your Rhodesian Ridgeback and transfer the Microchip Details into your name. If they are not the dog for you we will suggest some others, if available, or we will return your Adoption Donation, if you wish.
First and foremost, a rescue dog is one that needs a new home. Like people, rescue dogs come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have varying needs. Some of the rescued Rhodesian Ridgebacks come from loving homes that can no longer keep their cherished pets. Reasons include an owner who dies or must go into a nursing facility, families that are forced to make a lifestyle change, such as a move overseas or into another home where pets are not permitted, or animals that are given up due to divorce. In these instances, a complete background of the animal's health and temperament is usually available. Other Ridgebacks are given up because the owners were unprepared for the requirements of the breed or they did not spend the time to properly train their dogs. Volunteers work to ensure that prospective adoptive homes are prepared for the needs of the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed and a rescue dog.
It is a sad fact that there are Ridgebacks that need re-homing and their number is increasing each year.
We are a single breed charity run by a small group of volunteer trustees who are ably assisted by a number of volunteer helpers. Our aim, quite simply, is to help Rhodesian Ridgebacks that are in need from across the whole of the United Kingdom. Please click on the following video for more of an illustrative view of what we do………..
If you find you are in the position that you can no longer keep your Rhodesian Ridgeback and wish to have them rehomed, please in the first instance contact the Breeder you obtained the pup from for advice. Reputable breeders will assist in the rehoming of dogs that they have bred, as is laid out in the Kennel Club Code of Ethics. If this is not possible please get in touch with us.
Adult dogs have several positive advantages over puppies. They are finished with their teething period and most are already housebroken. Taking care of an adult dog is not nearly as time consuming as raising a puppy, which is a significant benefit for adopters who work outside the home. Also, an adult dog's temperament and personality are already developed, so you usually know in advance what you are getting.
Ridgeback Rescue are asked to re-home both dogs and bitches from as young as four months to the oldies of twelve and thirteen years. Our rescue co-ordinator, works tirelessly to find them permanent homes matching dogs and prospective owners to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that it will be the last time the dog has to go through the trauma of being “passed on”.