Ruben

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Ref. Number:
16965
Age:
19 Months (18/08/2020)
Breed:
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
Gender:
Male

Live With Children:
14+ Years
Live With Other Dogs:
No
Live With Cats:
No
Rescued By:
Danaher (22/03/22)

Story

This handsome boy is Ruben and he is a very unusual breed!


Ruben is loving and affectionate boy who greets you with the happiest of tails. He was unsure when coming into the kennel environment and found it hard to settle but he has certainly found his feet with his handlers now! The staff here at Danaher love this boy for his goofy ways and how he loves to play. He is one of the most playful dogs we've ever had! Footballs, soft toys, tug toys, you name it and he'll play with it!


Ruben walks well to heal on a head collar but can be strong at times so potential owners need to be used to large a muscular breeds. He passes dogs well but lacks the socialisation to greet dogs politely at the moment.


Ruben requires a family that has owned large breeds of similar characteristics to the Alapaha to help Ruben settle in a new home successfully. He would not be suitable for a family that haven't owned a dog before or lack confidence around larger breeds.

He is true to his breed characteristics and has shown to be a great, loving and affectionate family dog that can be a little unsure of people coming into the home so training would have to be done around this.


Potential owners will need to understand that Ruben will need time and consistency as well as lots of play time to manage his anxiety in certain situations.


If you feel you can offer Ruben a cuddle companion and a play buddy then please fill out an intertest form below!

Experience Required

Green
Characteristics:
Friendly to everyone, laidback, well socialised, good all rounder, family orientated.
Suitable For:
First time owners and families with young children.
Orange
Characteristics:
Friendly to everyone, basic training or socialization classes required.
Suitable For:
Owners who have had some experience of dogs. Families with children that have lived or had frequent contact with dogs.
Blue
Characteristics:
Larger breeds, mild behavioural issues, lively, training and socialisation required.
Suitable For:
Ideally those who have owned the ‘breed’ in question before. Requires physically stronger handler, older children.
Blue+
Characteristics:
Advanced training required, behavioural issues, under socialised.
Suitable For:
Very experienced owners, adult only home.

Adoption Process & Fees

Staff are here to ensure the animals find homes which suit their needs. Most animals in our care have not had the best start in life and may require special care or training. We will assess your experience and assist you in finding the right pet for your home. Although we want our animals to start their new life with you as quickly as possible, our re-homing process can take a few weeks from start to finish. The process is as follows:

Danaher adoption process infographic

1. Find your perfect pet!

Browse our website to find your perfect new furry family member. All animals we have available for rehoming are listed on our website, which is updated daily.

If you cannot find your perfect pet right now, please check again soon.

2. Fill in an online Interest Form

Let us know you are interested in meeting an animal by filling in the Interest Form below your chosen animal.

If you require assistance with filling in an Interest Form or would like help finding the right pet for you, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0300 111 4321 or use our Contact Form.

3. Wait for your Interest Form to be assessed

Our animal care team will review your Interest Form as quickly as possible to determine if you and the animal are a good match for each other.

It is not always possible for us to respond to every applicant due to the volume of applications we receive for each animal. If after a week or two you have not heard back from us please assume your application was unsuccessful on this particular occasion.

This does not necessarily mean you were assessed as not being able to offer the animal a suitable home. It is often the case that another applicant may have submitted their interest form before you or may have been better suited for the particular animal, so please do not be put off from applying for another. You are welcome to fill out as many interest forms as animals you are interested in and each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

4. Receive a Phone call from the animal's carer

If considered a suitable match, one of our animal carers will contact you by phone to further discuss your interest before arranging a meeting with your chosen animal.

They will be able to answer any questions you may have about the animal and give you more information about the animal's specific needs.

5. First meet with your chosen animal

A member of the animal care team will take the dog out for a walk with you. You will have the opportunity to spend time with the dog, ask questions and make sure it is a suitable match. If you do not already own a dog and the meet goes well, you can place a temporary reserve on our dog and arrange a second meet. Every person who resides at your home will be required to meet the dog at least twice before a full reserve can be placed.

6. Second meet with your chosen animal

If you own a dog (or dogs) already, they will need to meet your potential new house member at least twice:
1st dog meet: The 1st dog meet is on lead so the dogs can spend time together in a controlled manner.

2nd dog meet: The 2nd dog meet starts on lead, if the dogs are mixing well, we will let them off lead in our secure compound to see how they interact. If all goes well, you can place a full reserve on our dog.

If the meet doesn’t go as planned, we can discuss the options of further meets or of looking at other dogs which may be suitable.

We recommend that after the 2nd dog meet, you come up and visit as much as possible so that the dogs can continue to interact. This makes the transition to the new home easier on both (or all) dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: We advise that you order an ID tag either at the centre when you place your full reserve or as soon as possible from another shop. You will need to bring your dog tag with you when you come to collect your new pet from the centre. If you have pre-ordered the tag and it has not arrived when you come to collect your new pet, we ask that you bring proof of purchase with you.

7. Arrange a home check

Once a full reserve has been placed on the animal, you will be put forward for a home check. Everyone adopting an animal through the centre is subject to a home check under RSPCA Policy to ensure your home is suitable for your prospective new animal. One of our home checkers will be in touch to arrange a time that is convenient to visit you. This can take up to 7-10 days after the Full Reserve has been placed, but we do try to complete them as quickly as possible.

The home checker will contact the centre and advise us of their visit. The home checker will advise if your house is ready, or we may be advised that work is needed to be carried out before your home is ready, or it might be that the home is not suitable for the animal in question. The centre will contact you to discuss any points raised by the home checker if necessary or to arrange collection of your new pet.

8. Arrange to take your new pet home

A time is arranged for you to come and collect your new pet. We require all dogs to be fitted with a collar, lead, and tag before they leave. These items can be purchased at the centre upon reservation with all profits going back directly to help more animals. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase them elsewhere and bring them with you on the day. The outstanding balance of any remaining adoption fees must be paid in full at this time before the adoption paperwork can be completed. You will also need to ensure you are able to transport your new pet home safely.

PLEASE NOTE: Where applicable, you may not be able to collect your new pet until they have been neutered and medically signed off by our vet, if they have been on treatment during their time at the centre. We do allow some animals to be re-homed on treatment, but this is looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Interest Form

Applications have been disabled for this animal whilst a reserve has been placed.