Adopting a dog from SPRSS (Shar Pei Rescue & Support Scotland)

Is a Shar Pei the Dog for Me?

Please read before completing the Adoption Form.

Stubborn and Determined – If you expect to be able to train your Pei in a few minutes you are very much mistaken.  Pei need to be treated firmly but fairly in all things and any training must be on a rewards based system.  If you are looking for a dog who is going to hang on your every word a Pei is not for you.

I will Protect You – Pei can be naturally protective and will frequently grumble at other people and dogs if they feel there is any threat.  Whilst this is reassuring it can also cause problems and this is why training classes and socialisation are a must.

Shedding and Mess – Pei will generally moult twice a year.  Although some Pei hate water, others love to swim and play in muddy puddles.  Most Pei are also very good at destroying stuffed toys.  All in all, they are not the dog for the house proud owner or the allergic.

Companionship – They like to be with you.  Pei love human company, they don’t like to be left and will even follow you around from room to room just to be close. They do best where there is someone at home most of the time.  Pei suffer particularly badly in a kennels situation, where they will become stressed and depressed.

Not Everyone’s Best Friend – Pei don’t greet everyone they meet as their new best friend, they are reserved and aloof and will only make friends on their terms, and in their own time. Even a well-trained Pei may greet strangers with a bit of a grumble, and they generally reserve their enthusiasm for family and special people.  If you’re looking for a dog that everyone will love, and will love everyone in return, a Pei is not for you.

Rules and Boundaries – If you can’t enforce the rules of your household (in a firm but fair way), and enforce them consistently, you will find that the ruler of your house has four legs and a wet nose. Pei are very smart, and if you aren’t in charge, they will be.  They must be taught their position in the family, particularly with regard to children.  If you’re not prepared to maintain order, a Pei is not for you.

Grumbles and Growls – Pei can be very vocal, although they will grumble as much as they growl or bark.  This will often intimidate people who are not familiar with the breed.  You will need a strategy when introducing your Pei to new people and new situations.  If you expect a dog who is nothing but sweetness and joy, a Pei is not for you.

If you don’t have time to give your dog the exercise it needs, every day, look elsewhere.

If you are not prepared to attend classes to train and socialise your dog, look elsewhere.

If you are not prepared to invest time and money in researching and coping with the unique and special requirements of a Shar Pei, look elsewhere.

A lot of Pei that we rehome have not received training, and many will not be used to a home environment. Training a fully grown Pei who has missed out on the basics as a puppy isn’t an easy task, but with patience and commitment it can be done. If you can’t commit to this, look elsewhere.

We want homes for our dogs but we want the right homes. Too many people adopt a Pei then soon after they are back on the phone asking us to take him/her back. Why? Because they still have the problems they had when they were adopted. Why? Because the new owner expected too much of their dog, they weren’t prepared to be patient and allow the dog to adjust to a new life, and they hadn’t worked on training and socialisation.

All rescue dogs come with baggage, and neither we nor you can say what that will be.  You will need to give your dog time to settle into their new home and lifestyle.  You may experience any of the following issues, sometimes all of them:  disobedience; stomach upsets or fevering episodes; chewing; lack of toilet training; food aggression; fear aggression; neck shyness; fear of noises or situations; grumbles resulting from insecurity, etc.  If you aren’t prepared to deal with these, a Pei is not for you, in fact, a rescue dog is not for you.

And finally A DOG IS FOR LIFE.  If you can’t commit to 10-15 years of dog ownership then don’t complete the adoption form. We appreciate that there are genuine cases where people need help but it’s heart-breaking for us to take a dog from a broken home, find it a new home, only to get a call 3 years down the line, the adoptive family wants to hand the dog back because they are splitting up and neither partner wants the dog. Unwanted again, through no fault of their own.

Rehoming Conditions (please read carefully)

In general we do not rehome in the following conditions:

  • where a dog is going to be left longer than 3-4 hours on a daily basis, as this is very unfair to the dog
  • to any applicants who we believe may intend using the dog for breeding, as we have a no breeding policy.  In cases where the rescue is not in a position to neuter/spay before adoption, the adopter must sign an agreement that the dog will be taken to the vet for this procedure to be carried out within 3 months of adoption, or as soon as feasible. The adopter must provide evidence that the procedure has been carried out
  • to families with children under the age of 10 unless the dog has previously been checked out with young children
  • where the garden area is not secure

Following adoption we ask that all new owners insure their new dog as soon as possible – vet fees can be very expensive!

Please note: SPRSS does not pay vet’s fees after adoption

Adoption Process

This is the adoption process in brief but please read on for full details of how the adoption process works at SPRSS.

1      Complete an Adoption Form

2      Someone from SPRSS will contact you to discuss adoption with you, and to provide details of the non-refundable deposit you must pay

3      A home check will be arranged

4      Your vet may be contacted for a reference

5      Someone from SPRSS will contact you to tell you if your application to adopt has been accepted

Please note:- Once you have agreed to adopt a dog a £50 donation must be made before we proceed further. This is due to the large number of people we have wasting our volunteers’ time.  It will be deducted from the adoption fee at the time of adoption.  For EU dogs, the travel costs of £150 must be paid no less than 7 days prior to travel.

What is the first step towards adopting a Shar Pei?

To begin the adoption process, please complete the Adoption Form. This is quite brief, but includes some of the more important facts that we need to know before making a decision.  It is in your own best interests that you are honest with your answers and don’t put what you think we want to hear. The completed form will be sent to one of our volunteers, who will then contact you to discuss adoption and to organise a home check.

 What happens next?

We will discuss your specific situation, eg if you have owned a Pei before, how the dog is to be accommodated, any other pets you have, how much time will you be at work/have available to spend with your dog, and your family commitments.  Generally this will elaborate on the details you provided in the form.

After talking things through with us, if you decide that you still want to go ahead we will arrange a convenient time to visit you at home to do a home check. We may also contact your vet for a reference. Please do bear in mind that as we are all volunteers many of us have day jobs so we cannot always arrange an immediate visit. We will however do our best to meet with you as soon as possible.

After your home check has been completed and we have received your vet reference, if appropriate, we can then discuss in more detail any dogs that may be suitable for you. If there is not a dog available at that time, we will contact you when there is.

When you agree to adopt a dog we will require a £50 deposit to show your commitment.  For dogs travelling from the EU we also require that the transport fee of £150 be paid 7 days prior to the travel date.

 Will I get a dog suitable for me?

When placing a dog in a new home, care is taken to ensure that there is a good match between the dog, its new owner and the new home environment in which it will be living. Not every dog will be right for a given environment and not all potential owners will be right for a given dog. Sometimes we get requests from individuals who attempt to give us a detailed description (often highly unrealistic) of a dog they would like us to provide them with, and whilst we do try to find a dog that fits in with the wishes of the prospective new owner, dogs do not ‘come to order’, they are all individual and have their own personalities.  We are always concerned when someone is looking for a particular colour of dog:  a Pei is a Pei, whether it is fawn, blue, or tartan!!. Both the dog and its new owners will have much to learn from each other and will require time to adjust, but if approached with a practical and realistic attitude, adopting a Pei can be a deeply rewarding experience.  There are always people available to offer help and advice is you are unsure in any situation. 

What can I do to prepare for the arrival of my new dog?

To help you prepare for the arrival of your rescue dog we have put together some helpful information which you will find via the following links:

Arrival of your new best friend!

If all goes well and we are able to place a suitable dog with you, we will contact you again to arrange a suitable day and time to unite you with your new companion. You may be asked to travel to meet with a volunteer to pick up your new dog and/or you may be asked to pay the transport costs (particularly for dogs from the EU). On accepting your new dog you will be asked to fill in and sign an adoption form which sets out the legal conditions of adoption from SPRSS.

In order to help you through the initial stages we will keep in touch to see how your new dog is settling in and how you are managing. During this period we will do our best to ensure you get any support and guidance you need. Telephone support is available, so there is no need to worry about being left to cope with any problems alone. Almost all placements do succeed well nd some of our adopters even come back for more!

Please make sure you have read the rehoming conditions at the top of this page before completing the form.


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