Julie & Mark Foy with Nana
I was considering a dog but had lots of concerns and considerations, and on browsing a friends’ post, I came across dog stories on the 1 Dog Facebook page, one story in particular of how Nana had been rescued in the snow with her pups.
I saw how devoted and loving the Romanian volunteers were, how they worked together with the English volunteers and how they had achieved so much. I watched the video of Eli singing to the dogs and read about Nana and her pups, her fight for survival and how two of her pups had found new homes in the UK. I told my husband, and he was equally smitten about the story of Happy’s and how the dogs lived at this amazing place, where they were shown love and then found suitable homes.
The 1 Dog At A Time volunteers are all dedicated people who love animals who have met each other through the charity and want to give back and support them in their goals and continue the fantastic success stories. Passing on a wealth of experience and knowledge, having successfully rehomed 100’s of dogs and made 100’s of friends and supporters.
Nana is our first ever Romanian rescue, but almost certainly not the last. We chose to adopt and later also fostered another dog with 1 Dog and would thoroughly recommend them and can guarantee the support given all the way through was exceptional. I felt reassured with the organised, friendly and professional approach. I spoke at length with people with all my concerns and questions, and they were happy to help.
In my experience, someone is always just a text or a phone call away, or you can ask the group chats: there is lots of help and advice. It’s great that other adopters and fosters love to hear about and see updates, and likewise, it’s great to see the dogs become relaxed and confident.
Overall they have a great family of people who we consider as friends. We feel so lucky for the opportunity to adopt a 1 Dog dog and Nana is a Happy’s hero, and we are so proud of her.
You guys are all amazing thanks for doing what you do; you are all superheroes.
Jane & Andrew Dolder with Pepper and Willow
Deciding to adopt a rescue, I found 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK online and filled out a registration form. We had a home check, which we were a little nervous about, but everyone was friendly and helpful. Next, we got a call from Jayne to say they had a 7 month old girl who was coming over to go into foster (she’d been thrown over Happy’s fence at 8 weeks old with her littermates). Jayne said she would fit in perfectly with our two dogs. We were a little unsure as we were looking for medium size, and she was going to be large, so we said we would foster her. Pepper arrived on the Freedom Bus, and we immediately fell in love. She was so scared and timid. We decided to adopt her at that moment but didn’t have the nerve to say until about 4 days later! Jayne already guessed she wasn’t going anywhere! Of course, you just can’t stop at one!
Eighteen months later, I was scrolling through the 1Dog Facebook page and saw Willow. She was abandoned on the streets in the snow at about 5 months old. She looked so happy and had the waggiest tail despite her experience. Once again, we met the Freedom Bus and collected Willow. She was completely different to Pepper, wagging her tail and looking out of the car window on the way home. Both girls have needed time and patience to blossom, and it’s not always been easy, but the 1 Dog team have always been there to help us. 1 Dog has become a huge part of our lives, and we can’t thank them enough for the fantastic job they are doing for these beautiful dogs (and us very lucky humans!).
Kathy Strachan with Kammi and Jaimie
When my Westie died suddenly in 2019, I found a great big hole in my life but thought I’d never replace him. Moving on a few months, I gradually realised that it was time to have another dog and started looking at rescue dogs. It is sad to see how many dogs need a home, so I decided I would get two small dogs.
After talking to several local and international rescue organisations, I decided that 1 Dog at a Time Rescue had an excellent and well organised system in place, and so I soon had a home visit. The dog that had originally caught my eye had been rehomed, but I soon settled on Kammi and Jaimie as they got on well together.
They arrived just after lockdown in 2020 after a long journey to Aberdeenshire – it must have been hard for both of them, but especially Kammi, who is carsick a lot.
They couldn’t be more different – Jaimie is more nervous but so smart and knows how to get a treat when an action is requested. Kammi is obviously in charge of the 3 of us and likes to set the pace and direction! She is also quite reactive to other dogs, and so we don’t let dogs approach us, which can be difficult with some off lead dogs and not so helpful dog owners! But she is getting better all the time.
Both dogs love people, especially children, and they have to stop to get petted by everyone we meet. Shocked looks are cast at anyone who just walks by!
1 Dog has been great to deal with, and I can highly recommend them. I know I can always get advice if needed, and I would not be without my wee Jammies (keep blending their names when speaking to them, it must be an age thing).
Jane Ecob with Leo and Bella
I found 1 Dog At A Time Rescue through a friend. I had one rescue dog already from the UK, and two others from puppies but not from abroad. I saw Leo and fell in love; I was accepted and had lots of support, as I asked lots of questions. Leo has settled in very well, and I was not going to have another dog, but I saw Bella and fell in love and was happy to say I was accepted to have Bella.
The adopter’s page on Facebook and the website is great, a community you can ask questions and find support.
Leo is the most loving dog; Bella is a whirlwind of fun, loves furry, squeaky toys, and they both get on well with my other dogs.
1 Dog takes in dogs day/night and goes the extra mile to save dogs in Romania; I highly recommend getting a rescue from 1 Dog.
Julie Nichol with Bobby and Bessie
After losing my old Doberman Indi, I was feeling so lost. My friend shared a post on Facebook for 1 Dog At A Time Rescue, and how could I resist? I could give the perfect home to a dog that hadn’t had the best start. I found Bessie and fell in love with her straight away, so I put my application in. When I was talking to Jayne, I quickly discovered little disabled Bobbie, who was sharing a kennel with her, and after seeing the video of how close their bond was, he had to come home too. I cannot stress how much I love these two little dogs; Bessie is my absolute soul mate, Bobby never leaves my side, and his disability never stops him from living life to the full. 1 Dog do the most wonderful thing giving these dogs a second chance of security and happiness; thank you for bringing my babies to me.xxx
Karen Palmer with Poppy and Coco
My journey to adopting with 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK started with a share from a friend on Facebook, introducing me to this wonderful charity. For us, it was truly life changing in a really positive, rewarding way.
This amazing organisation will help you get the most from each dog, and they are always there for you and for your dog – just ask and importantly listen even if it doesn’t feel right as a Romanian rescue dog isn’t always like every other dog, and these people know how to help.
Janet Tester with Rio and Lilylou
Rio (was Cleo), came up on my Facebook with the headline “Have you forgotten about me”? So I went to the 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK website, and there were these poor souls just needing someone to care for them. Rio arrived in 2015; she had been in foster, so she easily settled with my labs. She is such a princess.
Lilylou popped up 18mths later, found at the side of the road, without her pups. I just couldn’t get her out of my mind, knowing I could make her life better. Lilylou is a working progress; she is such a loving girl in the house. Rio and Lilylou are really bonded.
If you are considering adopting from abroad, 1 Dog At A Time Rescue will work tirelessly to match you with the right dog. Their support and backup for you and your dog are always there; with great advice, you become part of an extended family, sharing tips, also helping with any problems that might arise.
Cathryn Watters and Raffles
When we met Raffles, it wasn’t him that we were actually going to meet. We had looked up the dogs on the website and picked a lovely fellow we thought would be just right. Going to the kennels and meeting the team was great; we met our chosen one, but after some chats with the team, we were also introduced to a few others, one of which was Raffles. Sharon and her colleagues told us he was the best fit for our family and us, and they were so right.
We had never fostered before but felt we were experienced with dogs, having grown up with them, and we had a chocolate lab who had taken about 4 years to calm down so, we felt he was a good induction.
Nothing really prepared us for Raffles. From day 1 he was so loving, would really lean in like he wanted you to wrap him up and snuggle forever. It’s a good job, as after his initial settling in, he certainly found his feet, and I will not lie, he was a little bit of a challenge.
The team at 1 Dog had been very honest about his previous family, and we wanted to go for it.
His ability to escape was incredible but classic apparently – get the right harness – lesson 1.
His recall took a long time – don’t be lulled, get an extendable lead and take your time – lesson 2.
The number of time I thought he had got there, let him off his lead and then his ability to cover the miles made Ussain Bolt look like the slowest snail! Dont be fooled – Lesson 3
He was protective from day 1, would bark at every car that passed and often at most people, but as time went on, his confidence grew and he would stick with us more rather than trying to run away.
He still barked, but it was less aggressive and more inquisitive. But he’s a big dog, and we had to appreciate some people passing will misunderstand him, so we protect him from them rather than the other way around. People will misunderstand their behaviour – their problem, not yours Lesson 4
He is cheeky, a real chancer and knows how to play the crowd. But now his trust is gained; he is so loyal. I would thoroughly recommend 1 Dog – they get it right, and they know their dogs. Not all Rommie rescues are straightforward. There are some habits you won’t change, but it is so worth it, so please, if you are going to commit – commit and let your dog set the pace.
Kryss Fairley and Pete
After losing my dog at 15 years old, I vowed never to get another, but the sense of loss was overwhelming, and I knew I had to fill the emptiness.
One day I talked to a new staff member, and he told me he had adopted through 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK, and that was it. I was on the website looking for my boy. I wasn’t successful immediately, but I believe that it wasn’t to be, and there was a dog waiting for me, so I kept trying.
Then along came my Pete. I couldn’t believe my luck; he was so gorgeous. I remember asking the rehoming team what he was like, and they said, “he just wants a mummy”, and that sums my boy up perfectly.
The process was easy, everyone was helpful, and in July 2017, we drove to Glasgow to pick him up. Before Covid, Pete came into my work with me every day and was made a fuss off by everyone. He just settled down in his bed and was as good as gold.
I promote rescue to everyone as they will never regret it. I will definitely apply again for a friend for Pete, but for now, I am just enjoying having him. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have him in my life and I tell him every day
David and Helen Haines with Murray and Maddie
Having lost both our beloved dogs a little over two years ago, just five weeks between their passing, we came across 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK on Facebook. Instantly the decision was made that now was the time to bring another dog into the family, and seeing all the dogs needing a new life; it was pretty much a no-brainer that we didn’t need to look anywhere else.
Looking through the many photos, we came across a sibling group of four puppies, three brothers and a sister. Maddie was just a ball of fluff, whereas the three boys were all short haired. Murray, the biggest of the group, had really sad eyes and a face just begging to be loved. So decision made, we’d enquire if either was available. Murray was, but Maddie had been reserved already.
Home check complete, everything ready, then Maddie’s picture re-appeared on the available list, she was available again. Only one thing for it, it had to be 2 dogs at a time (unbeknown to Helen). 1 Dog did a great job of keeping David’s 2nd dog a surprise. Save for the slight delay in their arrival due to the 1st Covid lockdown and closure of European borders (daily video updates sent from Happys kept the connection to the dogs); everything went smoothly. Then suddenly they were here, roll on almost a year, they’ve adjusted and come on brilliantly. Completely different personalities and a few issues with Murray’s anxieties but wouldn’t change them for the world.
Phillipa Esling with Aimee
One Sunday, we met a lovely lady on a walk who had a 1 Dog dog and she highly recommended that we get in touch with 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK, as during our conversation, as I had expressed an interest in homing a Romanian Rescue dog. We looked at the website and spotted Aimee, and arranged a home visit with Lesley. Within a few days, I was on my way to meet Aimee with Sharon from the charity who was overseeing her care in kennels, where Aimee had lived for over a year, waiting to be homed. Sharon advised me not to make eye contact with Aimee as she was so extremely nervous, and we went for a walk. On the way back, I was able to take the lead, and Aimee trotted happily alongside me, and the decision was made to offer her a home. Sharon’s advice was and continues to be invaluable.
Aimee loves her home, but the outside world can still be a scary place. We have had great advice from the behaviourists at 1 Dog, and Aimee has done so well in our work together to overcome many aspects of her nervousness. Sharon kindly put me in touch with the owner of Aimee’s Mum, and we have compared notes to find that they are very much like mother like daughter.
I would definitely recommend 1 Dog to anyone considering homing a rescue dog as then they could experience all the joy and rewards of giving a very special dog a home, as we have.
Michelle Mulder with Lia
After losing my Staffy in May 2018, we approached a number of big name rescues about adoption. We really struggled to be considered as we live on a small holding, so not your traditional suburban property with 6ft fenced garden. Indeed some charities were downright rude, dismissing us outright, despite being experienced dog owners being able to provide a good home.
A friend recommended 1 Dog, and what a difference. It was obvious from the start that matching dogs to the best home was their focus. After a number of calls and a home inspection visit, we found our gorgeous Lia. She has been a joy from the start.
I cannot recommend 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK highly enough. Placing dogs in the right home is their number one priority.
Debbie Barton and Rosie
Having reached, shall we say, somewhere in my 40s, with no experience of owning a dog, I was really excited and a little bit nervous about getting our first ever family dog. Sharon, from 1 Dog At A Time, has been absolutely amazing. She spent a lot of time painting a very clear picture of what it is like owning a dog. The joys as well as all the challenges you need to overcome, particularly with a rescue dog. I felt very prepared, and it was so helpful that Sharon took so much time to go through everything. We were so excited that we did not have to wait too long for our lovely Rosie. We drove for a couple of hours to meet Rosie and took her for a walk. She was a little shy, but my 9-year-old was smitten, and so were we. Rosie was 6 months old when she joined our family. When she came home with us, a bit of patience was needed at first, and 1 Dog had prepared us well for this. Rosie needed to learn to trust us and settle down in our home, which happened surprisingly quickly. She is so intelligent we have had loads of fun learning tricks and I love cuddles with her. I had so many questions, both big and small, and the 1 Dog family have helped us every step of the way. You can find the answers to most questions from reading posts on their Facebook page or asking other experienced dog owners. If you can’t get answers there, 1 Dog have been amazing at answering direct messages. Sharon has even joined me for walks with her dog to help me socialise Rosie (which has not been easy during lockdown). I love the way 1 Dog really listen to the type of dog you want and understand your capabilities as a newbie to dog ownership. They really make sure that you get the right dog and care a great deal about making sure dogs find their forever home.
Jacqui and Nick Nicholls with Dilly
We had been thinking about adopting a rescue dog and decided we were finally ready in August 2020 after my westie died in 2016. After lots of due diligence and fact finding on all aspects of rescue, we looked on the website, and there was our Dilly. I just knew he was the dog for us, and luckily my husband agreed, so we filled out the application form on the Sunday and got a call from Jayne Sulley on the Tuesday. We did the virtual home check due to Covid 19 by video and had a video interview with Jayne on the Wednesday, where we were told we were successful and could pick him up on Saturday !!! Jayne was very thorough and gave us loads of useful information, all of which we have used as adopting a Romanian Street dog requires a new set of skills. We were kept informed of every step of the journey with updates. The journey is long and stressful, and Dilly did have a meltdown when he arrived (who can blame him, he’s been through a lot in his little life), but with guidance and support from Jayne, Sharon, Pippa and other fellow 1 Dog adopters and fosterers, we showed him we were there for him forever, and once he turned the corner and trusted us, all the patience and calm did pay off.
Dilly is honestly the most brilliant, funny, affectionate little wonder, and we absolutely adore him, so much so that we are now set to adopt a baby sister for him from 1 Dog in a few weeks time.
We have a healthy, very happy little dog who’s previous life was a nightmare, 1 Dog changed his life and ours so much for the better.
This is a fantastic organisation that makes a huge difference to the plight of street dogs in Romania. They are very thorough in matching the right adopters to the right dog. Their support and aftercare is second to none. I would not hesitate in recommending them to any sincere prospective adopter.
We cannot thank you enough 1 Dog x
Emma Eustace with Roxy and Rolo
We had been looking for a rescue dog for a little while to join our 13 year old rescue male dog. We stumbled across a photo of Roxy (Rusty) and fell in love with her story and wanted to give her a home. 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK were amazing from start to the present day. Their checks were thorough; they helped us with advice on settling the dogs in and are still there now to help on training needs etc. We were so happy with their service and genuine love for what they do that we adopted a 2nd dog from them four months later (Rolo).
Both Roxy and Rolo are the best of friends. They have been amazing. When we look to adopt again, it would only be from 1 Dog.
Janneke Merkx and Remy
After deciding I was ready for a dog in my life, I started looking for organisations that looked trustworthy and genuine. 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK came out on top by a mile, and I submitted an application in late 2018 for my Remy. After a very pleasant and thorough initial phone conversation, which only affirmed that 1Dog is genuinely here for the dogs and their best welfare, I had a home check, and then the great news came in that Remy would come to live with me. Then followed a long wait for Remy to get to the UK, but in that time 1Dog was in touch regularly with pictures and videos of Remy, as well as very useful advice to make sure us new owners were fully ready and prepared to give our dogs the best start in their new life. When finally the big day arrived, it could not have been more pleasant, despite all the nerves and anticipation. Remy quickly settled into life with me, and I can honestly not thank 1Dog enough for bringing him to me – he is everything they said he would be and more! After taking Remy home, they are still there for any problems or questions you may have, and the adopters Facebook group is a joy. Remy is my best friend and shadow, and I cannot imagine life without him. We will soon be celebrating his second Gotcha Day.
Annie Oakley with Ronnie and Reggie
These photos are of our beautiful fur babies Rupert and Reggie, from the 18th July 2020 journey home, to now and they are still going and growing. It was the most memorable, emotional and exciting day. It was all planned and delivered by 1 Dog At A Time Rescue charity for us adopters, and they have continued their support ever since. They have proven to be the most caring charity, from the lovely ladies in Romania with their primary care, to the 1 Dog team in this country. Each and every one of them constantly cares, loves endlessly and never gives up on any dog that comes their way. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have discovered 1 Dog who trusted us with our fur ever babies, we thank them all.
Fi Tatem and Ron
1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK has been so amazing.
Lots of people told me to be very careful about Romanian rescue ‘charities’ and the types of dog they would be rehoming.
But honestly, we wouldn’t have had even a tenth of the support and guidance buying a new puppy in the UK, that we have had with these wonderful, caring supportive people.
We adopted Ron in July 2020.
The whole experience made us feel welcome, supported and really assured. It takes a little time to get the house checks and paperwork done, but that’s all so that everything is good for you and your new family member. It’s so important. There is an abundance of information and direct support once they arrive and lots of contact with other adopters.
Everyone who works and volunteers for the charity cares about the dogs so much, from the UK to those that work in the rescue centre in the mountains in Romania! Ron has turned our worlds upside down in a fabulous way, and we will always support and hold 1 Dog At A Time Rescue in our hearts for everything they do. X
Elaine Harrington and Mikka
My friend Lesley rescued two dogs from 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK. So, on I went to the website, wanting to love a second dog to be with my Battersea boy Kirk.
The moment I looked at the pictures, I stopped on our Mikka and fell in love. She was being looked after by who I feel is now our friend Sorrin, a fosterer for 1 Dog. Sorrin sent me updates, videos, and despite the language barrier we communicated, (it was a caring thing).
Mikka was the last baby off the happy bus in lockdown, one month late. You can imagine the excitement. Well, that was nearly eight months ago, we still chat with Sorrin. Kirk sadly passed away. But Mikka is the most loving and daft, silly, slipper loving dog I have ever rescued.
If I ever needed support, it was there. If I needed advice, it was there. I absolutely understand she was not in the awful kennel (thank God) but however you find your love in the form of a dog, does it matter? No!
I love the community that is 1 Dog and will support them always.
Elspeth Craig and Flora (Shelby)
We were thinking about a sister for our rescued staffie but hadn’t done anything about it until Facebook showed us photos of Shelby and Scarlet. Before I had even had a proper discussion with my other half, he’d filled in the adoption form. Within 2 weeks, we’d had our home check done and were told the amazing news that we were getting Shelby. Although it meant a 10hour round trip to pick her up, it was totally worth it as she’s made our family complete, fitting in straight away with no more issues than you would expect from any puppy. Whilst she’s a cheeky nutter who makes us laugh every day, she’s had the biggest effect on her big brother – although he’s still scared of many things like fireworks and loud cars, Flora (as she is now called) takes his mind off it, usually by grabbing a toy and sticking it in his face until he can’t think about anything else. There is rarely room in our bed as most of the space is taken up by 2 spooning, snoring doggies. Whilst we have adopted before, the advice and sense of community with 1Dog is amazing and unique – the adopters and fosterers page means we can keep in touch with the other dogs from Flora’s happy bus including her sister. Whilst adopting any pet can be a challenge, it only takes a bit of time and patience to make it the most rewarding thing you can do 😊
Karen Hyden and Chrissy
We’d thought about adopting another dog but weren’t sure where to start then a friend of mine adopted a beautiful girl from 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK. We looked on the website and there she was our special girl, we fell in love at first sight so we filled out the application form for her which was really easy to do even for me, a lovely man called Ian came and did our home check which was very thorough but not as scary as we thought it would be, he answered all our questions and put our mind at ease about the adoption. Then we kept our fingers crossed…… A lovely lady called Jayne rang to ask a few more questions and she gave us more useful information and then told us we had been successful and we were to be Chrissys new Mom and Dad. The couple of weeks leading up to meeting our girl were hard, we couldn’t wait and we didn’t know what to expect but we were kept informed of every step of the journey she made and it was all professionally done. Holding Chrissy in my arms for the first time was one of the most emotional days of my life, she was beautiful. She settled into family life like a dream and if we had any teething problems we had lots of support from other adopters on the Facebook page no question we asked was unanswered, it’s lovely looking at all the updates of the pooches. I can’t thank One Dog enough they kept us informed every step of the way and have supported us to the present day and if we had more room I’m sure we’d have a house full of dogs. If you’re thinking of adopting a dog please don’t hesitate, these people,are amazing and care so much for the dogs and you are guaranteed 100% support.
Ciaragh Hubert and Denisa
When I saw Denisa’s video, of her taking her first steps after being found paralysed at the side of the road, I immediately fell in love. I’d had to learn to walk again a few years ago, after major back surgery, so I knew we were made for each other. Her courage and determination mixed with her big eyes and vulnerability make her an irresistible little dog. She has overcome so many obstacles and makes us smile every day. I feel very lucky that Denisa has become part of our family which she settled into so easily. Adopting a rescue dog has brought a whole new meaning to my life and has introduced me to a community of wonderful people who make me feel better about the world.
Sarah Childs and Fern
We adopted Fern last March. It was love at first sight when I saw her picture but as I already have my own dogs I was concerned about her fitting in. Mrs Ellis and Crina were fantastic in giving me a really honest and accurate description of Ferns temperament and she has proved to be the most wonderful kind dog who has fitted straight in with my gang. The adoption process was very straight forward and I was kept up to date of every step of her journey to our shores. I have to say it is exciting and Also very emotional picking them up when they arrive She was nervous initially with things like traffic and new places but she has blossomed over the past 10 months with us and now doesn’t worry about traffic. You have to give them time to settle and not overwhelm them, but it’s worth it. Fern goes to Agility twice a week and this has really helped build her confidence. Would I have another Romanian rescue???….. yes definitely 💕💕💕
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