Merida is a medium sized female Labrador cross aged around eighteen months old.

Merida fostered Norwich Norfolk.

Merida came into our care a few weeks ago after we met her on a trip to the Botosani public shelter in Romania. She was always curious about people and happy to be around them but was initially afraid to be actually touched.

In the weeks she has been in her UK foster home she has learnt that the hands there are kind and will now approach and ask for a fuss. She is still a little wary of strangers but improving in confidence at a steady rate.

Merida will need another, full time resident, dog in her forever home. She can get a bit carried away during play and is currently being deterred from using human legs as toys so very young children would not be a good idea for her currently. She would be happy in a household with children aged ten plus.

Merida has learnt how to walk on a lead and is now thoroughly enjoying her walks. She is a mischievous and cheerful character who makes us laugh every day.

When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.

If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.

Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup safety measure.

The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm.

Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted. Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer.

Retractable/extendable leads must never be used on our dogs.

Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.

Fences and gates must be 5ft min & secure.

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For further details regarding adopting a dog from Safe Rescue please email saferescuerehoming@outlook.com or message or call between 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm Sat on Tel 07788251197 or Tel 07899844524.

We are a voluntary organisation with members from all over the world that have come together to help dogs in need, regardless of their location. To date we have helped dogs from Spain, Cyprus and Turkey but the majority of our work takes place in Romania where we have built up strong relationships with many dedicated rescuers before bringing the dogs to the UK and into foster care for rehoming.

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