We are based in Carrowdore just outside Newtownards on the Ards peninsula. However, we do not have kennel facilites that are open to the public. All of our dogs are placed in foster homes throughout NI.
NISBTR is not a physical sanctuary where people can visit. We are a small, personal and independant rescue and do not have premises of our own. All of our dogs are assessed in a home environment for a period of time by the charity's Co-ordinator and then placed in suitable foster homes whilst we search for new and loving homes for them.
4. What does it mean if a dog is 'currently being assessed'?
All of the dogs that come into our care are assessed in home environment to determine what kind of home would suit the dog best e.g. whether they are suitable to be re-homed with young children or whether or not they are dog friendly. This can take a few days / week or on some occasions months.
Anyone interested in adopting one of our dogs is asked to keep checking back on regular updates on our Facebook page to determine their suitability. It may be, for example, that a dog is very high energy and therefore looking for a family that can provide the adequate exercise that is needed for that particular dog.
*Please note: Until a dog has been thoroughly assessed there is little point in expressing an interest in them via pm, telephone or email. We would respectfully ask that any such enquiries be held back until the dog is listed under 'Dogs Available' or announced on our Facebook page that they are available for adoption and have their full profile listed on our website.
5. What criteria do I have to meet to be considered for adopting one of your dogs?
NISBTR carries out stringent home checks on anyone who wishes to offer one of our dogs a home. All of the information needed regarding our adoption policy and process can be found under the 'Adoption' section of our website.
6. What is the best way to register an interest in adopting a dog?
It is important that anyone interested in adopting one of our dogs reads through our adoption policy and process on our website BEFORE contacting us. The 'Adoption' section gives all of the details that are needed for potential families.
If you are happy to proceed, please contact us via telephone. If we cannot answer straight away please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as we possibly can. This may take a few days depending on how busy we are so please bear with us.
7. Can I register myself as a potential family even though you do not have a suitable dog available for my family situation listed under 'Dogs Available'?
We positively encourage families to contact us (after reading through our adoption policy and process on our wesbite) to request to be considered for adopting one of our dogs before a particular dog that may suit them becomes available.
With a willingness to be patient, once accepted as a potential family, we are confident that we can find the perfect pet for you. It is far better to plan ahead and make yourself known to us a potential adoptive family than wait until a suitable dog arrives into our care.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to have a 'waiting list' for puppies.
We are very lucky to receive lots of requests from individuals wanting to dedicate some of their spare time to helping out and from those who would like to get some work experience in the world of animal welfare but unfortunately, because we do not have kennel facilities like some other rescues, we are unable to organise volunteers on a daily basis.
However, if you would like to be added to our list of transporters or can offer your help by raising money for our charity please do get in touch. We also post requests for help for individual fundraising events on our Facebook page, so do keep checking back on it.
10. When is the best time to contact you by phone?
Our phone line is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week in case there is ever an emergency.
If your call is a general enquiry please ring during normal office hours - 9am to 5.30pm. If there is no answer, please leave your name, number and short message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please bear in mind that at times we may be extremely busy and it can sometimes take a day or two to return a call.
11. Do you ever have any puppies available for adoption?
NISBTR assists in the re-homing of Staffordshire Bull Terriers of all ages. On occasions very young dogs come into our care - the youngest so far being just 9 weeks old. Puppies are wonderful for lots of reasons. However, they take a great deal of time, patience, consideration, training and care, and it may well be that a slightly older dog is more suitable to your family/home/work situation.
Anyone wishing to adopt one of our puppies will need to demonstrate that they can offer all of the above before we would consider their application.
The vast majority of the Staffords that come into our care will not be able to be re-homed to families who have indoor cats. On occasions, we do have dogs that have been surrendered who have previously lived with cats but unless otherwise stated, please assume that they are not suitable to be re-homed with felines.