What did my post start! Haha. First of all, I think it's good that charities do that for the animal and yes they do that if you adopt a cat and dog as well, especially if you want to rehome a dog from Romania and Spain, they have the exact same procedure as you do for parrots. I do think RSPCA and Battersea don't check up as often but I think that's only because they have so many cases to deal with all the time, whereas with the Romanian and Spain adoptions they are run by people like yourselves and do it all on their own time. I think I'm officially the person now who talks about dogs on a parrot forum You can adopt if you live in a flat, I live on a top floor and you have to use stairs, no lifts. Battersea was okay with that if anything it's better for dogs - especially ones who are high energy and need a lot of exercise - Saffies, for example, make great dogs for flats, the owner just has to commit to taking them out for walks 3 - 4 times a day. The best you can do with rescues is enquire and see if you can, they will attempt to find the perfect match for you. Another thing they might say no to is if you already have a dog as apparently, it's the law that you can only have one dog to an apartment. But they can make an exception, they were very open to the idea of me fostering with them, even though I have Beau now. I was also looking to adopt before but yeah see below as that happened. But also at the time my mum's friend does dog rescues and was going to give me a dog (but yeah again see below!) I just don't know if I can foster as we don't drive and even though they will organise a cab for you to the bring the dog to meet their potential adoptees, my anxiety has made me housebound and I have a phobia of transport, and only ever really leave the house with the boyfriend. My anxiety is really bad that I get sick from even visiting family, (muscle and bone pain, nausea, migraines. And travel sickness if travelling so logically want to avoid that!) but I am starting therapy this week after waiting a year for it, but yeah, it's super bad... but that also means I have the time at home to look after animals. Hence why I was here, purely because I knew parrots are classed as 'high mantainence' and needing a lot of time and someone who can be around. And yes they are in desperate need for children free homes as the dogs who tend to get stuck in the kennels the longest are said to not be good with children which means they aren't tolerant of being pulled and tugged at (although people should teach their kids not to do that and treat the animal with respect!) and it's also so they can match you with a family friendly dog over a would prefer not to live with children dog. I didn't get Beau from a rescue, as she was rescued by a civilian and not a charity. I only got Beau because one of my very good friends is a vet nurse (she hand rares kittens sometimes when abandon kittens come in and I help her and I babysit whilst she's at work! Oh and she adopted a blind older dog from Romania, she also knows the lady and she posts her regular updates via facebook and stuff. Those rescues are very active in keeping contact and wanting updates. And she knows a lot of people who work in the animal industry - vets, vet nurses, zoologists etc. - and one of her vet nurse friends posted on facebook about Beau after a friend of hers came to her about her friend who recently rescued this dog etc. who she couldn't keep because where she lives is no pets and basically my friend immediately tagged me and said this dog is perfect for you. But yeah they basically didn't really want to take her to a kennels/rescue centre, they wanted to try to rehome her themselves first. She needed on leash and off leash training, she needed house training, she's super energetic and boisterous, needed someone who could take her out for exercise every day, she was very skinny. And within hours, they'd brought her to us and at that point, several people had fostered her and they said she was just too much for them handle. At one house she went to they had six other dogs, and the other dogs like started picking on her - probably because she was an outsider to their pack and I don't think the people introduced her properly into it, she then stayed with someone else and whilst they were at work she murdered their cat. (they were warned she was a prey chaser especially for cats. She also destroyed some of their furniture.) and so the lady said, call me if you can't handle her and I'll have to find someone else. And now Beau has her forever home. After a few weeks training, she was fine! But yeah I've had the time to put the work in with her, and have a lot of experience with dogs. I'm also just really lucky that one of my very good friends trusts and knows me well enough. Because even though you could say I rescued Beau, she by far rescues me every single day! And I thank my friend so much for seeing the post and thinking of me, as I love this little lady so much. She's my world Sorry if this is slightly a bit off-topic.