Frequently Asked Questions

When you adopt from LuvMi you save a dog that would otherwise spend the rest of his or her life in a cage. In addition, you get a chance to find a pet who is the perfect match for your personality and lifestyle.
All of our dogs have come out of the shelter and are being fostered, so they have already adapted to living in a home. We are working each time with a specific number of dogs, observing their distinct personalities and unique character traits, working with possible behavioral or emotional issues, caused by their incarceration, through homeopathy and by positive reinforcement training and proper socialization.
All of our animals have had check-ups at the vet, have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and have had the required blood work and vaccinations.
We acknowledge the fact that sudden changes to a dog’s environment and lifestyle can cause them feelings of fear and insecurity, so we try to prepare our dogs and make their transition to their forever home smooth and painless.
LuvMi’s mission is to provide every shelter dog with a loving home and every dog lover with a faithful friend.

  • Adopters must be willing to keep their new dog as an indoor house pet.
  • All members of the household should be present for the adoption.
  • Adopters must be willing to sign a legally binding and enforced contract.
  • Adopters must agree to allow LuvMi representatives to make adoption follow-ups in person: once every 2 months for the first year and once a year from then on.
  • In the event an adoption does not work out, applicants must agree to return the dog to LuvMi rather than rehoming the dog themselves.

We only provide adult dogs for adoption. As puppies are so small and terribly cute, people will often adopt them on an impulse, only to return or abandon them when they get older. This is because adopters often misjudge how much care the dogs need or how big they will get.

One of the greatest advantages of adopting an adult dog is that you already know what kind of dog you’re taking home. You will have a solid idea of the dog’s energy level, personality, and any quirks he or she might have. We are looking for mature adopters who realize that by adopting a dog, they choose to care for, live with and walk in life together with another sentient being, so the temperament and character of the dog must agree with their own.

By all means, go to a shelter. It would be great if whoever decided to get a dog, visited a couple of shelters before they made their decision. But in reality, unlike people in other European countries, the majority of Greeks would never go to a shelter, they would rather buy a “purebred” puppy from a pet shop. There are many reasons why: Most shelters are in uninhabited parts of the city and cannot be easily reached. People are biased towards shelter dogs, thinking that to be there, they are either sick or aggressive. Most importantly though, Greeks lack a dog adoption culture, especially when it comes to adult dogs.

We, however, know that some of the most precious diamonds can be found in shelter cages. And we are among those who believe that If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain! This is why we place our “precious diamonds” to foster homes and bring them closer to you. We also believe that when you come to meet our dogs, you will not be able to resist.

Absolutely – all of the dogs we foster and promote for adoption are spayed/neutered. This is a great value for adopters as they will not have to go through the trouble and expense of the procedure, and it ensures that our dogs will not contribute to more unwanted pets in our community.

Yes they can. The answer to this question has little to do with the size of the dog or the apartment size, it has to do with the dog’s character and the prospective owner’s lifestyle.

Despite their size, many large dogs actually have less energy than small dogs and therefore require less space. There are tiny dogs that need many hours of physical activity and large dogs that enjoy simply relaxing for hours on the carpet.
Your dog will be much happier if you live in an apartment and go out for one or two walks every day together, than if you leave him alone and bored all day in the backyard. What matters, therefore, is not the size of the house, but the time we are willing to devote to our dog.

A big dog can live comfortably in an apartment as long as you have time for daily, regular walks and there is infrastructure in the area where you live to sometimes let him free in a fenced area (eg dog parks or sports facilities ) where he can run, chase a ball or socialize – activities that are required by all dogs, regardless of size.

At LuvMi we do not use size and weight as criteria and we never give dogs, of any size, for use as “guards” in gardens, yards or terraces.

When considering adopting a dog, most people initially think of a young dog – often a puppy. Older dogs, however, are just older puppies! Dogs remain forever children – ready to love and be loved – and they also bring significant advantages.

Firstly, their character is already fully developed, which means that if your personalities match, that’s it: you’ll have smooth sailing for the duration of the relationship. Also their body is fully grown and their size won’t change – there will be no surprises. Older dogs have grown out of the “bad” habits of puppies: They will not bite you to play, they will not cause damages in your home, they will not get the home dirty and have usually eliminated the stress of separation, meaning it’s easier to leave them alone for hours when required. Furthermore, older dogs have already been vaccinated, neutered and microchipped, which significantly reduces the upfront costs to the adopter. Finally, older dogs that have had a difficult childhood can better appreciate love and affection, and show their gratitude more easily.

So when you are thinking of adopting a dog, remember that age is just a number, and what really matters is finding your perfect match!

It is not easy to figure out how your dog thinks, and it is even harder for your dog to figure you out. Our trainers will show you how to effectively communicate with your dog, in a language he understands, so you can both adjust easily to your new-shared reality.

All you need to do for the first few days is give your new dog some food, water, treats and some space to relax. Let him come to you when he is ready. He/she needs time to figure out the exciting future that lies ahead!

If you are having any behavior or adjustment problems with your new pet, do not be shy, call us for advice (it’s free!) and please remember that you can also continue training your dog with one of our trainers for a specially reduced rate. We will be visiting you and your pet once every two months for the first year, to ensure that your relationship with your dog progresses smoothly.

And keep in mind that adopted dogs need 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to start to know your routine, and 3 months to start to feel at home. Give them that chance!

Studies have shown that people are three times more likely to go to a shelter or rescue organization if they know someone else who has and had a positive experience to share. So your “mission” is to show your wonderful dog to the world, and tell everybody where you found him/her!

After that stage… we hope you and your dog live happily ever after!