Frequently asked questions

I want to adopt one of your dogs. How do I apply?


To begin the adoption process, please fill in the ADOPTION FORM and upload it to the site or email it to bedsforbullies@aol.com. Please be honest with your answers and don't put what you think we want to hear. Our rehoming volunteer will then telephone you to discuss adoption and to organise a home check.




Why do you charge an adoption fee?


Beds For Bullies requires an adoption fee to be paid by anyone adopting one of our dogs. Typically this covers only a portion of the expenses needed to rescue and foster. Running a rescue does not come cheap. Fees go toward a variety of things for the dogs and only for the dogs — no volunteer is paid any money for their work. Adoption fees contribute towards, but are not limited to, the following costs associated with rescue dogs: Flea & worming treatments Other medical care or testing [Blood panels, necessary dental work, surgery, etc.] Vaccinations Spay / Neuter Microchip Food / Toys / Treats / items for the entire duration of foster care Training Boarding Transportation




Why are you not a registered charity?


Beds For Bullies Rescue is a home based rescue. This means that Liz Haslam runs the rescue from her home and the rescue operates from her property. Alongside the rescue Liz also runs a small boarding kennels called Can I Wag Your Tail Kennels, which is how Liz supports herself. So she has both a business and a rescue operating from the same property. Both sides help each other out. Both the rescue and the boarding use the same washing machines, the same kitchen (Liz does have a separate kitchen for herself), the same dishwasher and freezers etc., again separate from Liz’s own. If either a boarder or a rescue dog needs to go to the vets then they use the same vehicle – Lizs’ own. In the eyes of the Charity Commission, this sharing of the property is quite complicated. The rescue can benefit from Liz’s business, or from Liz, her house and property, but if the Charity Commission ever feel that if either the boarding kennels or Liz benefited from the rescue they could close the rescue. An example of this would be if the washing machine in Beds For Bullies broke and she used the washer on the boarding side. This would not be a problem however if it were the other way round and the boarding side used the rescues washer then the Charity Commission would say that Liz had benefited from the charity by using their washer and so it becomes a big problem in the eyes of the Commission. As the rescue, the boarding kennels and Liz all share the property there are loads of little issues like this which are solved very easily but if she was a registered charity she could no longer operate like this but would have to legally and formally restructure the entire rescue operation. Liz would no longer have control of the rescue and would have to have lease agreements and legal documents drawn up protecting her from the rescue and the rescue from her. The solicitors costs for these documents would run into thousands which we feel would be better spent on the dogs in our care. The Charity Commission ultimately has the power to dissolve charities, confiscate their endowments and assets and give them to a charity whose aims the Commission approves. Although this is very unlikely to ever happen Liz does not want to take this risk with Beds For Bullies Rescue and this is the reason we have chosen not to become a registered charity.




How can I help?


There are a number of ways you can help and, whether it's by donating money, time or something else, every little really does make a huge difference to the work we do. You can find out more on our Get Involved page https://www.bedsforbullies.com/help-us




Who runs Beds For Bullies?


The rescue was started by Liz Haslam who runs Can I Wag Your Tail Kennels in Norfolk. Liz has many years of experience working with dogs and started Beds For Bullies in 2012. The rescue is a voluntary organisation and relies totally on Bull Terrier lovers who are prepared to give up their free time to help with rescue and rehoming.




How is Beds For Bullies funded?


Beds For Bullies is funded entirely by donations from the general public and the people who adopt dogs from us are asked to pay a donation fee in order that we can continue with our work.




I can no longer look after my dog. Can you help?


Yes we can! Please fill out the Rehoming Request form on our home page and submit it using the link button provided or by emailing it to bedsforbullies@aol.com




How are donations used?


Beds For Bullies has no paid staff, no one on an expense account and no one taking advantage of the money raised. All money given goes into the care of the dogs so please give generously if you can, secure in the knowledge that your money will be spent exactly as you would expect it to be. Every penny does count and most of our limited and precious funds are spent on veterinary treatment, transportation and kennel costs.




Can't find the answer you are looking for?


If you have any other questions then please get in touch using the Contact Us page or by emailing bedsforbullies@aol.com




Why do you require dogs to be spayed / neutered?


Rescued dogs in particular should not be bred. No responsible breeder uses a dog of unknown ancestry. Rescuers see every day the misery that comes from irresponsible breeding; from placement in bad homes to genetic problems to temperament difficulties. The number of unwanted dogs put to sleep every year is staggering. Rescued dogs should never be used to contribute to the very problem that often brings them to rescue.








Why do you do a homecheck?


Once we have received an application form to be considered for rehoming or fostering, we like to visit your house and meet you in person. We have a group of volunteers (we always need more) who will pop round for an informal meeting to see your home situation, meet your other pets and family. They then report back to the team and confirm what you have put on your application forms. It's a chance to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have, take signatures if needed and exchange paperwork etc. There is nothing to worry about, it's just a getting to know you thing :)





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