To make sure you and your animal have a wonderful start together, we would love to guide you through the whole adoption process.
One of our team member who has got longstanding experience with stray animals from Romania is always next to you.
We are providing you with helpful information, tips and tricks through our theory and practical training.
You get a lifelong support from our team. We are at your side before and after your family member has arrived.
Our costs are transparent and are transparently mentioned at the end of this page, there are no hidden costs. Our hearts beat for the well-being of our animals to create happy families ever after.
We call ourselves the match makers of animals and Humans 🙂
Please fill in the adoption form on our website. The Information we gain from the form help us to see if your life style is suitable for the dog you choose.
Within 48h after receiving your adoption form we will contact you and suggest some dates for the adoption interview and answer initial questions.
If you shall not hear from us within this 48h, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
During the interview we want to get to know you and your family. We tell you more information about our organisation, how we work with the dogs, talk about the dog you chose, explain all the steps of the adoption process, your expectations and the medical treatment the dogs receive at our shelter. After the adoption we send you a checklist with all the important information discussed.
After the interview you have time to think about the adoption and confirm or cancel your intent. The decision will be communicated by phone or e-mail. At the earliest 4 weeks after a promise, you can hug your dog or you can pick up the dog yourself in Romania.
The SKN course compulsory was lifted on January 1st, 2017. Due to cantonal laws, there is still compulsory courses for keeping certain types of dogs. Find out more directly from the responsible cantonal veterinary service. Before the dog arrives, you must have completed our specific C4S stray dog theory course. The C4S theory course is mandatory for all adopters and takes place in Zurich or at your home.
First dog owners must register with the community as first dog owners at AMICUS and then receive a login to the database: www.amicus.ch and a confirmation, which must be handed over within 10 days to the veterinarian after the dog’s arrival to register a dog from abroad.
We handle all entry formalities while the 4-week waiting period expires:
You will receive the adoption contract. The date of entry is determined. We transmit your data to the cantonal veterinary office in your canton and register with TRACES for the introduction of your dog.
You will receive an info email about the arrival preparation and the meeting point at the airport or if your dog arrives by animal transporter the location where we meet. A member of our team welcomes you at the arrival location and supports you when your pet arrives. We will receive the transport box in which the dog arrives. Afterwards you will be looked after intensively by a team member as “Godfather”. The team member is at your side with advice and action if there are problems or simply come along for a walk.
Upon arrival, the dog must be registered with the community for dog tax. A visit to the veterinarian should also be made within 10 days so that the dog can be registered in the AMICUS.
After approx. 4-6 weeks we will give you the exclusive C4S street dog practice course at your home. We go into specific questions and problems that arose in the first few days. You also have the opportunity to submit comments on our adoption process using a feedback form. We are happy to continuously improve our process.
Of course, we as a team are always happy to hear from your dog. You can either write to the godfather or join our Facebook exchange and volunteer page.
After about 6 months, we will visit you at your home for a follow-up check and help with any problems. We also regularly organise events for our adopters. This creates a lively exchange with each other.
Depending on the canton, practical courses must be completed on arrival. Find out more directly from the responsible veterinary service.
Our team is always there for you; Even long after the dog has reached you, we are always happy to provide tips and help with problems. If for any reason the dog can no longer stay with you, we will take it back and take care of it.
The purpose of the interview is to get to know each other and find out if the dog you have chosen is a good fit for you and if your living situation is suitable for a dog.
The reflection period is needed to reconsider all the information received and to be absolutely sure that you want a dog in your life for the next 10-15 years.
We want to offer our dogs the best possible conditions for a successful future. This includes first-class preparation in the shelter, health checks by veterinarians, serious planning of the journey to the new family and sustainable care even after successful adoption. All these things cost money, but increase the chances of a carefree dog’s life massively. We only charge you for the costs that we directly incur in connection with the preparation of the trip, the dog’s journey and the C4S courses. Any possible surplus will go directly to Romania and will directly benefit the friends of your adopted dog. Thus, with every adoption, you are again supporting our cause in Romania.
It is difficult to say how tall a puppy will grow, because in the mixed breed dog can always push through another breed. Basically you can say that Romanian street dogs generally reach a shoulder height between 40-55 cm. Taller is rather the exception. However, we can not give any guarantees.
Basically, when adopting a dog, you should be 100% sure and also ready to solve any problems with him. You now have a new family member. And this cannot be simply put off again. However, in emergency situations and very rare special cases, or if for some reason you no longer want the dog, our protection contract states that you can, and even must, return it to us. This gives us back control over the fate of our dogs if something has gone wrong in the adoption.
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By law, the dog must be secured in the car in such a way that it is not a danger to passengers. I.e. the dog must either be placed in a transport box or the trunk must be closed off by a grid. If the dog is to travel in the back seat, it must be secured with a special safety belt on the handle. The transport box in which the dog entered can be taken home for a maximum of 6 weeks against payment of a deposit.
We are happy to put you in touch with other adopters in your area. We also create regular adopter events where you can meet other adopters. Or you can visit our Facebook page: Citydogs4Streetdogs Exchange for volunteers, adopters and interested people.
If you and your partner both work 100%, it depends on different points for us: Do you work at the same time or do you work in shifts, etc.? A dog should never be home alone for more than 5 hours. And not regularly either. If you still want a dog, then you have to deal with the issue of “dog sitter” and the associated costs or be able to guarantee that you can take the dog to work with you (but always remember that your work situation can change).
Of course you can pick up the dog yourself at our shelter in Romania. The dog will then still cost CHF 550.-. The travel costs: Your flight, transport box, board and lodging in Romania as well as VAT will then be at your expense. We will be happy to help you with the organization of your trip and provide you with tips.
Yes, our training is an indispensable condition for the adoption to take place. Our experience has shown that even long-time dog owners benefit immensely from the course. The courses are a perfect preparation for the future relationship with your new dog. Romanian street dogs are extremely sensitive and intelligent dogs, which should be introduced to the new world with care and specific know-how at the beginning. With the advice you will receive from us in the course, the introduction phase will be massively facilitated and you will avoid possible misbehavior at the beginning of the relationship.
If you are younger than 25, we will do the process normally, but we want to have a guardian present at the interview and he/she must also sign the protection contract. Also, you should be aware that adoption is a very serious break (much like a child) in your still young life. A dog needs daily care. Vacations, free time and in general your everyday life will be massively influenced by the presence of a dog in your family. So please consider carefully whether you are up to the responsibility.
If you are over 65, we are happy to have you present a backup plan for the dog. Our concern is to know that the dog is taken care of should you no longer be able to care for your pet.
If you live in a shared apartment, you should be aware that this is a difficult form of cohabitation for a street dog: For the dog, too many different people in the household is not optimal. A dog needs a clear identification figure. Too many changes can unsettle the dog. Are you ready to face this challenge and if you are not afraid of the extra effort in dog training, we will be happy to explain to you how you can keep a happy dog in a shared household as well.
Our street dogs do not know the city as such and have respect for many urban things at the beginning. If you don’t mind the hassle of driving the dog to the nearest park, a smaller dog can be kept downtown with relatively little exercise. However, we strongly discourage larger dogs that require a lot of exercise. Please refer to the dog portraits on Adopt-a-Dog for each dog’s exercise profile.
If a family member or life partner does not agree with adopting a dog, then we cannot in good conscience agree to an adoption.
DHP, DHPPI, DHPPIRL
Official EU Pet Pass
Official EU wide readable Chip
Our professional vet team spays and neuters all our animals
This amount goes straight to your pets friends at the shelter
The daily feeding, socialising, runs outside, cuddles and care from our fantastic team
Registration in the official Database for live animals transported through Europe.
Drive of the animal to the drop off point with the transporter
Transport cost to bring the animal to Switzerland.
Animals have to pay VAT when imported into Switzerland.
We give you all the tips and tricks to prepare you for the arrival of your pet at your home.
About 4-6 weeks after arrival we come by to assist you and give you some practical arrive with your pet at your home.