Registered Foundation No: 175647065

Rudozem Street Dog Rescue

Help us to help them

Adoption Process to the UK

**NOTE:  RSDR are no longer able to do adoptions from the shelter to the UK.   Please submit an application for a foster dog only in the UK".

Please click here for foster dogs already in the UK - we currently have one foster dog.


Rudozem Street Dog Rescue is a non profit foundation in Bulgaria that rescues dogs/cats from a life of abuse and finds them loving homes in the UK.

By adopting a dog or cat from RSDR, you are helping to save the life of a animal which may have suffered abuse, hardship or would have died on the streets. 

Read more about RSDR and how we started on our About Us page.

All animals stay in the shelter in until adopted of fostered.  By adopting a dog or cat from RSDR, you are helping to save the life of a animal which may have suffered abuse, hardship or would have died on the streets

Adopting an RSDR Animal

Before deciding to adopt from RSDR, we ask you to read the following brochure about our animals to see if you are committed to taking on a rescue animal from the streets.   

An RSDR dog/cat is a rescue animal that might have suffered or seen much abuse on the streets in Bulgaria, and has been taken to the RSDR shelter.  He/she has been slowly rehabilitated over a period of time, and has become used to the security of shelter life & the humans that look after him/her. They are special animals that have endured much, so need special time and consideration by our adopters, when settling into their new homes.  


Adopt / Foster

ADOPT -  If you would like to adopt please follow the below steps of our adoption process to the UK and fill out an application form.

FOSTER -  Foster carers follow the same process as adopters with application, phone interview & home check process.  Please fill out below application form, but mark as "Foster Carer".  Once approved your details will then be kept on file, and you will be contacted when a foster carer is needed.


Press here to apply on our online form.

If you have trouble submitting the online form please email for a word document copy or PDF of the application form.

Please note:  As we are all volunteers it may take up to 7 days to review your application form.  

2.  PHOTOS:.  

Please provide photos and a video of your home / garden and any other pets via email  to be submitted with your application form.

Part of our requirements because of the covid restrictions include that you either email or provide a cloud link of photos and videos separately of the front of your home, inside your home and back garden to support your application.  If you have large files and don't have a cloud account (eg. gdrive, onedrive, dropbox etc), there is the option of the free transfer option with for large files.

We will need to see photos of all sections of your fence in your back garden and showing of measurements of your fence (with tape measure preferably).  Also please provide approx area measurements of rooms inside your home/garden of where the dog will mainly be on the application form or via email.


Once we have reviewed your written application, we will arrange a video interview with a UK team member to discuss your application  and ask further questions.  During the conversation, the RSDR team member will give an overall summary about adopting an RSDR dog/cat, and about settling periods/issues with our animals. 

Part of the home check will be done either at your home or remotely by Whatsapp/Skype/Zoom, will be a chat on your application, and a viewing of your home, and garden during this interview time to verify your photos/videos.  We will also need to view your photo ID in the video call to verify your identity and also any bills or ID that show your residential address. (or you can email this information).


Before your interview, it is a requirement that you read our adopters support page with information on our animals and the issues they may have with settling in a home environment.

Please read also our "Adopting a RSDR animal" brochure above.


After your interview we can make arrangements with the foster carer so you can meet the dog or cat to see how they get along with you and your family before adoption.   

(Note: If you are a long distance drive and wish to collect straight after the meetup with deciding to go ahead - we will discuss options).


RSDR also welcome all visitors to the shelter,  You are welcome to visit the shelter in Bulgaria to see the dogs and cats before deciding.  (Note:  Visits direct to the shelter are not applicable at this stage due to the coronavirus restrictions).


Once both phone interview & home check process are completed our adoption co-ordinator will review the information before giving approval.  If approved an Approval letter will be emailed to you with information about the adoption, adoption contribution details, and a copy of the Adoption Contract for you to sign and send back to us.   To see a "Sample" of our Adoption contract, please go to our Adopt page 

 7.  RSDR have a facebook group, set up for RSDR Adopted owners which we will invite you to, once adoption paperwork and payment has been finalised.

*Please note that size, coat type and in some cases age on the Adoption page of our website, are only estimates based on the dogs/cats at the time that they are with us. Where it is known, we do give the exact date of birth, but for many pups/kittens and dogs/cats found on the streets, this isn't always possible. With pups that we have found on the streets and don't know anything of their parentage, it can sometimes be difficult to predict their adult size.*   


RSDR's general policy with rehoming to a family with children, is that we would not rehome animals with children under the age of 8 years old.  We will however make the odd exception to this rule in exceptional cases depending on the level of experience of the family and if we have background information on the animal being good around young children.  Also we do appreciate some children will have grown up with animals and have a better understanding of them and how they need to be treated.  So if we know the children and dog background, and the family to be experienced with dog body language, on occasion we may make exceptions, but in general we will turn a home down with young children under 8 years old.

If you have a child or children under 8 and you feel you can demonstrate a significant level of experience of caring for a dog in your family setting, please do fill out an application form. We review all applications on their merits, but feel we should emphasise that this is a high bar which means that we do refuse a large number of applications.


The adoption contribution does not cover all the costs incurred by RSDR, but helps us continue with our life saving work to rescue more street dogs and cats.


Each animal has its own EU Pet Passport.  Details of the animals vaccinations and microchip will be recorded in their Pet Passport before travel.   This will be given to you when you receive the animal.  Due to the requirements of TRACES all animals must be given a “single dose” rabies vaccination, microchip and tape worming, which are recorded in their pet passport.  After the single rabies vaccination has been given, the animal can travel 21 days later to the UK. 


The dogs/cats are also given a combination vaccination to treat against common diseases/illness and are flea and worm treated before leaving. 


Once adoption paperwork has been completed, RSDR will register your animal with the microchip register PETtrac.  This is a registration provided by RSDR where both the owners details and RSDR’s details are dual registered on PETtrac. A copy of the pet registration will be sent by PETtrac to your postal address once registered.  


RSDR have established a website page for adopted owners with information called the Adopters Support Page.

There is also a facebook group for UK adopted owners where you can ask other owners for advise & support.  You will be invited to the facebook group once final payment has been finalised.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give our Adoption Team an email

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