Adopt a Dog

Considering adopting a dog for life?

Rehoming a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences for you, and your family.

It is important to consider your lifestyle, how a dog will fit into your everyday family life, and how much time you are able to commit to your new canine family member.

Dogs are like fingerprints – each one is very different. You will need to think about how much time you have for walking the dog, playing with and training it, how long your dog might be left, and whether you have other pets or young children in your household to consider.

Different dogs and breeds have varying needs and personalities, and this is something to bear in mind to help you find your ideal dog. The volunteers at Bansko Street Dogs are happy to help you decide which dog might be most suitable for your circumstances.

Offering a foster home is a great stepping stone for those that would like to home a dog but are unsure if it’s right for them – you get to see how your lifestyle works with a dog added into the mix without making a permanent commitment, and the dog is off the street, so it’s a win win! You can foster short or long term, and foster to adopt is an option for those that are seriously looking to make a dog a part of their forever family.

Once you have decided to open up your home to a dog the process is as follows:

Contact us

First of all please contact us, so that we can discuss your circumstances and get a feel for what may be right for you

Meet and greet

If you are in Bansko we like to arrange for any resident dogs and your family members to come along to meet us and see your potential new dog, to make sure that they are all happy in each other’s company.

Homecheck

We will arrange for one of our volunteers to come and visit you and your family at home to ensure you have a secure place to house the dog, and also to check for any other hazards.

Home time!

This is the exciting bit … you can now collect your dog and the start of your beautiful friendship can begin! You will need to sign our fostering or adoption agreement, as is relevant to you. This is to ensure the dog receives the high level of care it deserves, for however long you are together.

Follow up

We want to make sure that you and the dog are settling well, and so we will follow up with a visit to ensure that things are all going well for you all where possible. Any problems, questions or concerns can be dealt with, although you can contact us at any time if you do have any questions regarding your new arrival.

All dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, neutered (or an agreement signed to ensure the dog will be neutered, as applicable), and have passports to keep track of their healthcare.

Foster, recovery home or adoption application

Thank you for your interest in providing a recovery or foster home for a Bansko Street Dog. We only have a small, emergency shelter, and rely so much on people such as yourselves helping us to help these dogs in need!

Please take a moment to read through our rules and regulations. To be considered as a recovery or foster home :

You must be 18 years of age or older.
If you rent your home you must have consent from your landlord to have a dog.
All dogs/cats in your home must up to date with vaccines, and spayed/neutered should the street dog not be
You must be open to having a home visit from a Bansko Street Dogs representative. We will need to see the areas of the home where the dog will be allowed, and also visit with family members and current pets.
You agree to never allow the dog to be left unattended with young children.

ALL MEDICAL CARE FOR FOSTER DOGS WILL BE COMPLETED AT OUR PARTNER VET CLINIC AND WILL REQUIRE PRIOR APPROVAL. EXPENSES WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM BANSKO STREET DOGS WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED.

Bansko Street Dogs is a volunteer organization. We will review all foster & adoption applications in the speediest manner possible but please be patient in waiting for a decision. If you have questions regarding applying to be a foster carer, adopting, or the status of your application, please contact us directly.