How To Adopt An Animal From Us



       

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog from us we ask you to first consider a few things:


 

Do you have the time? You need to have a routine in place. Who is going to be doing the dog walking, feeding and training? Dogs need regular exercise and it’s important they get to burn off all their energy. Make sure you choose a dog with an energy level equal to or lower than your own.

 

Can you afford a dog? Pets can be a very expensive and this is something you need to consider. The basics of food, toys treats bedding, annual vaccinations, and of course vet bills. We strongly recommend you get insurance for your new pet. See our PetPlan page

 

Is your garden dog safe? You need to make sure you have a safe and secure garden before adopting a dog. You will be surprised how high a fence a determined dog can jump over. We ask that the dog can go outside into a secure garden / yard directly from the house without escaping.

 

 

Dog/puppy adoption:

 

Step 1

Have a look at our dogs currently looking for homes on the  Animals for adoption page  - select dogs—click on the dog you like or pop in and see us.

Animal Care is open every day 10am - 3pm and welcomes all visitors to come and meet the dogs once a questionnaire has been completed. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which helps us find a suitable dog for you and your family.

You will then be allowed to take the dog for a walk, play off lead in our paddocks, or sit in our new cosy room designed for you to spend time with the dog in a home environment.  This will give you the time you need to get to know your dog a bit. 

 

Step 2

If you are happy with the dog you have chosen then a RESERVE will be placed on him/her. This reserve can only be placed if you can commit to at least three or more visits within a week to walk your dog.

If you feel you need some help or advice on training or you have another dog that will need to be introduced to your new dog we will be happy to make you an appointment with our dog behaviourist.

 

Step 3

A member of staff or trusted volunteer will call you to make arrangements for a home/check. This check takes 5 minutes and is a basic check on your garden/yard which must be secure.

 

Step 4

After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the dog for its week’s trial. This will give you time with your new dog to make sure they are a perfect fit. In some cases the weeks trail can be extended when issues have accrued or Kathryn our dog trainer may need to come round to help you.

 

Step 5

If you're happy and think you have found your new best friend then all you need to do is make an appointment to sign your adoption papers and pay the donation. A life time of support will always be given to all adopters. All our dogs have been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and de-flead. A donation of £90 is to be paid for a dog, or £100 for a puppy and this is a small contribution towards upkeep and vet treatment.


Please note:

The dogs are assessed by the staff and our dog behaviourist.  Some dogs will state no children or no other dogs; this is not a recommendation - we want to ensure that we do not put dogs into homes that are inappropriate for them. 



 

Cat/kitten adoption:

 

 Step 1

Have a look at our cats currently looking for homes on the Animals for adoption page - select cats - click on the cat you like or pop in and see us.

Animal Care is open every day 10am - 3pm and welcomes all visitors to come and meet the cats once a questionnaire has been completed. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which helps us find a suitable cat for you and your family.

 

Step 2

If you are happy with the cat you have chosen then a RESERVE will be placed on him/her.

 

Step 3

A member of staff or trusted volunteer will call you to make arrangements for a home check. This check takes 5 minutes and is a basic check. If you don't have a cat flap in your home have you thought about adding one to the shed / garage? 

 

Step 4

After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the cat. All you need to do is make an appointment to pick up the cat and sign your adoption papers and pay the donation.

Please make sure you have everything ready for them at home and cat box to collect him/her in.  Don't forget all new cats need to be kept indoors for 2/3 weeks while they adjust to their new home. Please make sure all children and visitors are aware of this.

 All our cats have been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and deflead. A donation of £60 is to be paid for a cat/ kitten. This is a small contribution towards upkeep and vet treatment.


 

                                                                

Rabbit and small animal adoption:

 

Step 1

Have a look at our Rabbits / Rodents currently looking for homes on the Animals for adoption page - select rabbits or rodents 

or pop in and see us

 

Step 2

After completing the questionnaire the small animal manager will chat to you about the rabbits / rodents we have. 

For rabbits we follow guidelines set by the RWAF - Rabbits can be perfectly happy living in the house or the garden just so long as their physical and behavioural needs are catered for.
This means that they need a lot more than just a hutch! Our recommendation for pair of average size rabbits is an overall area of 10 ft x 6 ft with a run height of 3ft, or in metric, 3m x 2m and a run height of 1m.

Just as with a healthy diet, a rabbit’s environment has a huge influence on its health and well being. A caged rabbit can develop skeletal problems, sores and is more likely to be overweight.

(Please talk to Ann about the accommodation for the rodents. We feel all cages/tanks should be as big as possible the bigger the better.)

Once you have your hutch / cage ready Ann will be happy to pop round and check everything is in place.

 

Step 3

Arrangements will be made for you to collect your new rabbit / rodent as soon as possible

Animal Care asks for a donation of £40 for a rabbit, £10 for a guinea pig and £5 for small rodents. This is to help cover some of the vet costs which accrue. All rabbits are vaccinated against VHD1, Myxomatosis, VHD2 , and have been neutered.