Adopting a Rhodesian Ridgeback: The Process

Rehoming a dog, any dog, should never be undertaken lightly and all potential adopters are urged to fully research the breed, as well as the responsibilities and costs of owning a dog. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a large hound, who though independent are very sensitive. If you haven’t got the time and patience to find out about the breed, then you probably won’t have the time and patience to live, harmoniously, with a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Consider your lifestyle, your family and your work commitments. Is a Rhodesian Ridgeback the right breed for you and more importantly are you the right person for a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

Initially, you must complete the online Potential Owners Form on the right of this page (bottom of this list on a mobile)

Having read your application, you will be placed on a waiting list. The Rescue Co-Ordinator or the Assistant Rescue Co-Ordinator will contact you when they feel that they may know of a suitable Rhodesian Ridgeback, that matches your requirements. They will tell you as much as they can about the particular Rhodesian Ridgeback or several that they feel are suitable. It may take sometime for a suitable Ridgeback to become available and, if you have not heard from us within six months, we ask that you get in touch again just to let us know you are still interested.

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.

Once a successful home check has been carried out, the adoption can proceed. You will be asked to complete an Adoption Form and to make a donation. We ask for a donation regardless of whether your potential Rhodesian Ridgeback is in our kennels, a foster home or still with their original owners as we incur costs for each rehoming. Without these funds, Ridgeback Rescue could not continue to care for the breed.

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.

Some things to keep in mind when you go to view your potential new companion: Sometimes the hound has not been given the necessary love and care and has developed some bad habits through lack of attention and training. Often the owner’s situation changes and the Rhodesian Ridgeback finds, through no fault of its own, that it can no longer live with them. Divorce, illness, a new baby and bereavement, can all be reasons why a Rhodesian Ridgeback needs a new home. Sometimes they have been found as a stray and we have no information about them.

A rescued Rhodesian Ridgeback will have been uprooted from the home it knows and may have spent some time in kennels, so it may take a while before it feels that your home is also its home. You must be prepared for some separation anxiety and you must not let your Rhodesian Ridgeback run free for several weeks. We advise that while you and your new companion are adjusting to each other, you set some basic rules and boundaries based on what sort of relationship you want with your dog in the future. Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually adapt to new circumstances quickly but you must have patience and understanding to help your new companion to adjust to a new life. Adopters must have realistic expectations with regard to the settling in period. Some Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt very quickly to their new environment but others may have been through a great upheaval and take quite a long time to adjust.

We are always available with help and support for any Rhodesian Ridgeback adopted from us. We can ask Ridgeback Rescue Volunteers to visit if you feel that might be helpful or our Trustees are always at the end of the ‘phone. If you ever feel that you can no longer provide a home for your Rhodesian Ridgeback, you must let us know as we are here to offer help and support for our Rescue Ridgebacks for the entirety of their life and they can always come back to us.

All our dogs come with 5 weeks free pet insurance, click below to see what cover they offer.