Why the name Many Tears?

The name Many Tears Animal Rescue was Sylvia's choice. She has shed many tears over the years and her heart still is and always will be heavy with the guilt of all those special friends she euthanized. She wished Many Tears Animal Rescue to be dedicated to their precious lives.

Why is Many Tears not a registered charity?

Many Tears is a home based rescue. Basically that means Sylvia and Bill run the rescue from their home and the rescue operates off their property. In addition to owning the land and running the rescue, Bill operates a boarding business from the same property which is how they support themselves. So they have themselves, a business and the rescue all sharing the house and property.

They all help each other out. If the rescue staff are behind, boarding staff can help walk the rescue dogs. The rescue dog dishes can be cleaned inside the boarding kitchen. If the rescue van is out and a dog needs to go to the off site vet, Bill can take it in his car. In the eyes of the Charity Commission, this sharing of the property is quite complicated. The rescue can benefit from Bill's business, or Sylvia and Bill themselves, or their house and property, but if the Charity Commission ever feel that either benefit from the rescue could close the rescue.

An example of this would be if the tumble dryer in Many Tears broke and they used the dryer on the boarding side it's not a problem but if it were the other way round the boarding side used the rescue tumble dryer the Charity Commission would say Sylvia and Bill have just benefited from the charity by using their dryer and so it becomes a big problem in the eyes of the Commission. As the rescue, the boarding kennels and Sylvia and Bill all share the property there are loads of little issues like this which are solved very easily but if they were a registered charity they could no longer operate like this but would have to legally and formally restructure the entire rescue operation.

Sylvia and Bill would no longer control the rescue and would have to have lease agreements and legal documents drawn up protecting them from the rescue and the rescue from them.

The Charity Commission ultimately has the power to dissolve charities, confiscate their endowments and assets and give them to a charity whose aims the Commission approves. Although very unlikely this could ever happen Sylvia and Bill do not want to take this risk with Many Tears and so chose not to become registered.

Would you not raise more money by being a registered charity?

Many Tears are often questioned and told how much more money the rescue could raise if it were registered. So, they have taken considerable advice regarding this issue and even taking our particular factors into account it could be done. As at 2010 the process of securing registration has been estimated at a legal cost of £7,500 to £11,000 to the rescue. Although it has been suggested that by spending this money we would "have an increased legitimacy in the eyes of the public which would allow easier fundraising" Sylvia and Bill would rather not spend the rescue's money on solicitors and bureaucrats to try to prove they are legit.

They feel that they already try very hard to show our legitimacy to the public and our supporters. They are open to the public for inspection 365 days a year and are a registered company - not for profit (no. 6200947). Many Tears books are done by a professional accountant and they are fully insured and VAT registered. MTAR & the boarding kennels are licensed and inspected by the Local Authority.

Many Tears has an open door policy and invite anyone wishing to criticise or question us to come see what we do and how we do it. Sylvia and Bill can prove and account for their personal spending. For those who have never made it here - please come see what we do before writing us off over a registration number. We are aware of the financial benefits that come with being a registered charity, but are also aware of the downside and because of the bureaucracy involved have decided not to pursue this course of action for Many Tears at this time...

How many hours a day do you allow a dog to be left?

Many of our dogs are traumatised, insecure and sometimes they have also been physically abused. They often need a lot of time spent on them so generally they are not suitable to be left for long periods of time.

We believe our ex-breeding or very scared dogs need someone around for most of the day. These dogs normally need to learn about house training and lead walking etc. They need to get used to home life and living with people so they really benefit from not being left for long periods of time.

Puppies also need people around so if you want to adopt a puppy and  work please consider taking time off to settle the puppy in and gradually build  up to the time it will left. 

For confident adult dogs (not ex-breeding dogs) we  will consider them going to homes where they are left for longer periods providing there are sensible arrangements in place.   This only applies to adult dogs living with other dogs and not for puppies or only dogs.

We judge each application on it merits and do try and be flexible so if you are interested in adopting a dog please complete an application form and we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

Do you home dogs to families with young children?

Yes we do allow dogs to be adopted to homes with children of all ages as long as the dog is suitable for that environment. However due to the fact that many of our ex-breeding dogs are extremely scared we will not rehome an ex-breeding dog where children are under 5 except in exceptional circumstances. We will discuss your circumstances and try to determine if the dog you're interested in will be suitable for your home/family/lifestyle/other pets.

Do you home to older people?

Yes we do but we do ask you to consider the age of the dog you are applying for. As a rule of thumb we ask that if you are 75 or older you look at dogs who are at least 6 years old but it does depend on the breed of dog and its life expectancy. However, we do take into account if you have back up should anything happen in the future.

The dog I am interested in says "by donation" what does that mean?

Some of our dogs are by donation rather than an adoption fee for several reasons. This can be because they are blind, deaf, old, have a medical condition, need specialist homes or have simply been waiting for a home for a long time. However, unless there is a medical reason for not doing so, as will all our dogs these dogs are neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped here at MTAR (unless they come in already done) so we hope that people take that into account and make a reasonable donation of at least half the normal adoption fee. Remember all the donation goes towards saving another dog's life.

Do you insist all other dogs/cats are neutered?

.....Many Tears takes in hundreds of unwanted puppies/kittens every year. Many of these come from homes who have un-neutered pets. People believe their dog will never get pregnant or impregnate another dog but sadly it does happen and we see the results of this far too often.
.....We believe neutering your pets shows a responsible attitude to owning a pet and can also have health benefits for the animal including reducing the risk or prostate cancer in males and pyometra and mammary cancer in females. However, we do understand that some people feel they don't want to put their dogs through the operation or their dogs cannot be neutered for medical reasons and so we will consider ALL applications irrespective of whether the owner's current dogs are neutered or not.

Why do you insist ex breeding dogs go to homes with other dogs?

Many Tears nearly always home ex-breeding dogs where there is already at least one other resident dog living in the house because these dogs have usually only ever known the company of other dogs. There is a wide misconception that these dogs will be grateful to people for taking them into their homes whereas the reality is they are actually very frightened and have no idea how to behave.

They have never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company and get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead.

If the ex-breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up.  This means they are already fairly well-adjusted but their new owner(s) must  understand work and commitment will be needed to help these dogs adapt to their new lives.  These dogs can take time to settle as they have never been on their own. So, for example, to adopt an ex-breeder and expect to go to bed and leave it downstairs to sleep on its own could be very stressful as it’s highly likely this would be the first time in its life that there has not been another heartbeat in the room - it’s likely to cry/howl.  As an only dog house training and lead walking may take longer to learn but if you have the time, patience and commitment the rewards are tenfold.

We have a pond. Will you allow us to adopt and dog/puppy?

Yes providing your pond is either a safe depth for the dog/puppy you are applying for or has a secure covering. We are happy to let you adopt. If you need to cover your pond CLICK HERE to see the kind of netting we consider suitable.

We want to adopt an older dog but are worried about being able to get pet insurance.

There are serveral pet insurance companies who will insure older pets.  Animal Friends is one of these and will insure a dog from as young as 5 weeks up to any age. You can find them at http://www.animalfriends.org.uk

How long does the process of adopting a dog from MTAR take?

Adopting a dog from MTAR is a quick but thorough process. Once you have applied for a dog you should have an answer within 24 hours. If your dog is at the centre once the staff have spoken to you and agreed everything is OK the dog will be reserved and you will be home checked within a couple of days. If your dog is in foster the fosterer will speak to you before the dog can be reserved for you and then a home check is arranged. Once the home vet is done and providing you pass you will be expected to collect your dog within three days. The whole process can be a fast as a couple of days to up to a week. It rarely takes longer although there are always exceptions to the rules.

Why so many rules and questions?

We are often asked why ask so many qestions and have certain rules.  We hope the article below written by Penny Eims  may help you to understand.


I need to rehome my dog - What do I need to do?

If you need to rehome your dog you need to call the rescue rather than email as we would need to discuss the dog with you.  It can be difficult to get through as the lines are in constant use but if you continuously redial you will get connection.  Please call us on 01269 843084.

I've seen a dog I would like to adopt what do I need to do?

If you see a dog you are interested in adopting the first thing you must do is complete an application form.  You will find this at the bottom of the dog's page on the website.  All applications are replied to so please check your emails and junk emails as sometimes they go in there. 

Please provide a landline number as we do not call mobiles due to the cost.

Applications are dealt with on a first come first served basis so it's vital you do this rather than email us about yourself and your situation as this can all go on the adoption form and you could miss out in the dog while sending an emai,

Do you ever rehome dogs as only dogs?

Yes we do although this does not normally apply to our ex-breeding dogs.  However, there are some ex-breeder who we will consider homing as only dog and we also take dogs from pounds and homes which very often are happy to be only dogs.  If you go to the Dogs Looking for Homes page on the website and looking in the search box you will see a box you can tick to say Only Dog.  If you scroll down you will see all the dogs who do not need another dog in the home.

I've Seen A Dog At Many Tears Is It Still Available?

If you have seen a dog you are interested in you need to go to the Dogs Looking for Homes page on the website.  Here you will be able to search for the dog you are interested in either by its name, breed, age, gender etc.  If the dog comes up then it means we are still taking applications and it has not yet been reserved for a home.  However, there may be an application in for it and as these are dealt with on a "first come first served" basis it's important you complete the form as soon as possible.

If you receive an email saying there is an application ahead of yours keep watching the dog on the website.  If it becomes reserved it will disappear from the Dogs Looking for Homes page but sometimes an application fails after the dog is reserved so it's worth checking the website over the next week or so to see if the dog reappears.  If it does you can call us on 01269 843084 or email us at info@manytearsrescue and ask for your application to be reinstated.

Do you keep a waiting list of people wanting certain breeds of dogs?

Unforutnately we don't have the enough staff to facilitate a waiting list.  If there is a particular breed you are interested in adopting the easiest way in to see if there are any in is to go to our Dogs Looking for Homes page and search for the breed from there.  Dogs come in on a daily basis so it's worth check every day.


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