The Homing Team are the only volunteers who are able to suggest Trial adoptions. We ask people to appreciate when we offer our dogs for adoption we are looking for commitment and explore the skills offered by each family to settle and support our dog in transition. We do not hand over our dogs into 'Trials' where they are assessed whether if they 'match' up to expectations in say a 48 hours period. No. We support families after very careful matching, to achieve increasingly positive outcomes with the emphasis being on the families adapting to accommodating our dog in transition. Our families have to step up to the plate and accommodate our dog's need their needs in transition, and on going.
In the rare cases the Homing Team suggest a Trial Adoption. They will have discussed very clear reasons with other members of the Homing team and the receiving family. They have identified 'deal breakers' which are unpredictable in nature and may take concerted effort to overcome. This is above and beyond the usual settling in process and will have time period specified. A key example is where there are a cat(s) involved with the family having already dog tested them and are counselled for a temporary redrawal of the cat(s) until a trust-bond has been established. Another situation may be where a regular visiting dog can not be involved in the initial assessment.
To negotiate a dog's homing requires intense risk awareness, and to invoked courage on behalf of the accepting family. These negotiations lie in the domain of the Homing Team: They suggest the intricacies of the psychological framework involved. We steer people away from our dog carrying the whole settlement on their shoulders. This is not fair on our dogs who are homeless abandoned dogs and often bemused having arrived out of a prolonged kennelling situation. Suggestions from other volunteers such as walkers, homecheckers, facebookers or fosterers can undermine all the negotiations so far. Our dogs need collegiate support to ensure they are given the intense supportive measures steered by the Homing Volunteers, without a weakening of resolve. All communications must be deferred to the named Homing Team Volunteer to consider and negotiate with the family in the light of the already intricate conversations involved thus far in proceeding forwards to achieve a successful homing.
Serious discussions are already underway with families on these dogs or the dogs have gone into a home on trial when circumstances have elements that need to be overcome/worked on before homing is confirmed.
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