Temporary Suspension of the OEMC's Rehoming Scheme
Due to the retirement of Moira and Malcolm from the position of Rehoming Co-ordinators this post has been suspended forthwith until such time that the Committee have decided on the way forward. There will be a Committee meeting in early October 2018 at which this matter will be discussed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Moira and Malcolm for their commitment to the often difficult and worrying task of dealing with the welfare of Mastiffs in need of help.
History of the OEMC Mastiff Rescue Service
Since 1967 the OEMC has supported and supplied a Rescue scheme for the relief of dogs whose owners have died, emigrated or fallen upon hard times. This originally covered financial help with fees for X-raying dogs which suffered from hip dysplasia. At the behest of the committee a strict code of practice was evolved and approved and at the AGM in 1983 Mr Graham Hicks agreed to become the first Director of the Scheme. Home checks were carried out by members all over the country, and the Hicks family took rescued dogs into their home until they could be placed.
Subsequent Rescue co-ordinators kennelled dogs considerably increasing the costs of the scheme. Due to the difficulties in home checking and increased number of calls from people with other large breeds, not Mastiffs, it was very difficult to find volunteers to operate the Rescue scheme. At a special general meeting held on 27th April 2008, Mr D Proudfoot stated that the committee of the OEMC had failed to run a breed rescue service. After the last Rescue co-ordinator resigned a replacement could not be found and as this was a voluntary position the Rescue service had only been able to operate on a limited basis with no official co-ordinator.
Mr Steve Jones and Mrs Debbie Dickinson volunteered to take over the running of the rescue service but used a different format to the previous scheme which involved putting people in touch with each other and leaving them to decide if the dogs/homes were suitable. People were encouraged to keep their dogs until a suitable home could be found and in some cases they changed their minds and kept their dogs. This reduced the costs of running the scheme and the liability to the OEMC considerably and no home checks were required. This proved to be very successful and it was agreed that a new name was required to convey a different image.
At the AGM in 2010 the members of the OEMC voted unanimously to change the existing Rescue scheme and Rescue code and to replace it with the Re-homing scheme consisting of:
- A Mastiff welfare scheme for the benefit of full members of the OEMC who have found themselves suffering accidents, death or severe domestic crisis and
- A Mastiff re-homing help line for non members.
The website would be used to advertise any genuine Mastiff re-homing cases.
In these matters the term ‘Owner’ shall mean the person(s) wishing to re-home or part with a Mastiff through the offices of the Mastiff Re-homing Scheme and the term ‘Adopter’ shall mean the person(s) wishing to acquire or home Mastiffs made available through the offices of the Mastiff Re-homing Scheme.
The Old English Mastiff Club and its agents does not accept responsibility or liability for any Mastiff placed on or homed via its Mastiff Re-homing Scheme or Mastiff Re-homing Web page(s).
The Old English Mastiff Club and its agents have the right to decline acceptance of any dog into its Re-homing Scheme, without stating a reason.
Similarly, The Old English Mastiff Club and its agents reserve the right not to accept an applicant as a potential home for a Mastiff placed onto this scheme, without stating a reason.
The Old English Mastiff Club’s function within its Mastiff Re-homing Scheme is to act through its agents only as ‘Broker’ by bringing the owner’s details of Mastiffs requiring re-homing to the attention of those wishing to adopt such a dog and by putting persons who express the desire to home a Mastiff in contact with the dog‘s owner
As such The Old English Mastiff Club or its agents can not handle, board, treat, carry or in any way be directly responsible for dogs placed on its Re-homing Scheme.
The contact details of those persons placing dogs on the Mastiff Re-homing Scheme Web pages will not be made public, but by necessity owners of such dogs agree their (the owner’s) personal contact details will be passed to prospective homes/adopters who wish to adopt such Mastiffs
There is a compulsory requirement that any person placing a Mastiff or Mastiffs on the Re-homing Scheme declares clearly and truthfully as part of the dog’s description the nature and degree of any health or temperament problems the dog(s) may have and that such persons understand that only pure bred Mastiffs will be accepted into the Mastiff Re-homing Scheme.
It is the responsibility of such persons to be aware of, or to establish that such dogs are pure bred Mastiffs.
Equally, future adopters of such dogs are required to describe and promote themselves factually as suitable potential homes for Mastiffs.
Owners bear the sole responsibility for satisfying themselves and assessing that the potential adopter is a suitable person living in circumstances conducive to the humane and acceptable care of a Mastiff. In these matters, the Old English Mastiff Club or its agents will not in any way be liable or responsible for the agreements or arrangements that transpire between owners and adopters.
The responsibility and any liability for the dog(s) or for matters transacted between owners and adopters is accepted solely by the owner and/or the adopter. In all these things owners and adopters agree to accept and abide by the stated terms and obligations of the Mastiff Re-homing Scheme.