How to Adopt (and Fees)

Adopting and rehoming an unwanted animal can be very rewarding. The branch operates its adoption on the basis of charging a small fee to cover an element of its costs. These vary depending on the animal and in some cases, its sex. As a general rule, all dogs and cats are neutered prior to adoption.

Our adoption process is quite simple and is designed to allow us to ensure that the animal you choose is right for you. Below is a step-by-step table which explains the procedure from start to finish. We operate to a set of guidelines which are contained within our Re-homing Policy, these guidelines ensure the ongoing safety and welfare of the animal.

The Adoption Process

Step 1 - Choosing Your Animal

Firstly, please call us on 01453 890 014 during office hours Monday to Sunday to have a chat about the sort of animal you are looking for. We use a "perfect match" system so that we are accurate and consistent. Click on the appropriate link to download the PDF form and complete ahead of your telephone call:

We will give you details of any cats, dogs, rabbits and small animals which may be suitable. Our rehoming pages provide information on current residents.

Step 2 - Arranging Your Visit

If both you and the administrator feel that the animal might be a suitable match, we will arrange for you to visit our boarding kennels or cattery. You will be given the phone number and will be asked to call to arrange a visit.

Step 3 - Meeting Your Animal

The next step is for you to meet the animal in question to see how you get along. If this is a cat, you will be able to sit in the cattery and make friends. For a dog, you will be given the opportunity to take the dog for a walk around the neighbouring field. We ask that you think carefully before bringing children at this stage as we do not want to disappoint them if things do not work out with a particular animal. Should you decide not to bring your child on the first visit, you will be very welcome to bring them on a consequent visit if you feel that this is the pet for you.

Step 4 - Reserving Your Animal

After meeting your dog or cat and if both you and the staff feel that the animal is suitable, you will be able to place a temporary reserve on the animal. This ensures that no-one else can reserve the animal whilst you are proceeding through the next stage.

Step 5 - The Home Visit

Next we arrange for a trained home visitor to come and have a look at your home. This is not a test - we merely want to ensure the home is suitable for the cat or dog in question. You will be asked some questions and the home visitor will take a brief look around your home and garden.

Step 6 - The Outcome

We will contact you as soon as possible after your home visit (probably within 48 hours) to confirm whether you have been successful. If so, you will be invited to collect your animal. If not, this should not be taken personally - it merely means that the animal in question was not the right one for you.

Step 7 - The Paperwork

If you have been successful, you will be invited to come and complete your paperwork before collecting your animal from the kennels or cattery. We ask for a small donation at this stage, which helps to pay towards the cost of the neutering, microchipping etc. which will have been carried out during the animal's stay.

Step 8 - Collecting Your Animal

Now for the exciting part - you are free to go and collect your new friend. Enjoy every moment and remember that you are always welcome to call us if you need any advice or encouragement.

Adoption Fees

Dogs and Puppies

  • Dogs (over 8 years of age): £100
  • Dogs (between 6 months and 8 years): £120
  • Puppies (under 6 months old): £200

This includes the DHLP vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus), identity chip and neutering.

Cats and Kittens

  • Cats (over 7 years of age): £35
  • Cats: £45
  • Kittens: £55

This includes the FP/FLU and FELV vaccination (Feline Leukaemia Virus - kittens only), identity chip and neutering.

Small Animals and Birds

The adoption fees for small animals vary and the following is provided as a guideline:

  • Rabbit (neutered), Chinchilla or Ferret: £30 each or £45 pair
  • Guinea Pig: £15 unless a neutered male/boar, which is £25
  • Cockatiel or Budgie: £10
  • Gerbil, Rat, Hamster or Mouse: £5