Here's our simple steps to adopting a cat or dog from us
We always have cats and dogs at the branch that are looking for their ‘forever homes’ some of the animals have not had the best start in life but they are still willing to show us love and affection. It’s our job to make sure that all our animals are re-homed in the best possible environment. If you are looking to adopt or foster any of our animals please read through the information and guidelines shown below before contacting us.
1. First Steps
All animals in branch care are shown on this website – please take the time to read the text on each animal. We will provide you with as much background information as we possibly can. In cases where an animal has been signed over to us by the inspectorate (cruelty or neglect cases) we may not have vast amounts of information on the animal. We will also try to advise if an animal can be re-homed with other pets or children.
2. Contacting Us
If you wish to arrange a viewing you can either call us on a weekend on Tel: 07949 229955 (phone line operational from Friday to Sunday every week) or send us an email at any time – we check our emails at regular intervals and we aim to respond usually within 24 hours. Please let us know where you live, if you have children and other pets, work commitments and anything else you think may be relevant to the adoption. Please do not be put off by any questions we may need to ask – we are the only voices that the animals have and we simply want to make sure that the animal finds a loving ‘forever home’ You can email us here
3. Next Steps
It is RSPCA policy to carry out a 'home visit' before adoption takes place. If you live out of our branch area we may ask your local branch to carry out the visit on our behalf (in these circumstances it may be better to have the home visit carried out before viewing the animal) If you live in rented accommodation we may need a letter from your landlord to state that you are allowed to keep pets at the property. All members of the household will usually need to be present when the visit takes place.
4. Final Steps & Adoption Fees
When the home visit has been completed successfully we will proceed with the adoption process and ask you to sign the official forms. Our fees for adoption are £70.00 for a cat & £125 for a dog. We do ask that the fees be paid in cash at the time of adoption. As per RSPCA policy all our animals will be: Neutered, Micro Chipped & Vaccinated (cats will also be FIV/Felv tested too) - this is included with our adoption fee and not charged as an extra.
5. Branch Support
We are always here to help you either before, during or after the adoption process. You can contact us by email or phone if you require any advice. Our phones and emails are manned by volunteers, if you are asked to leave a message we will call you back as soon as we can. If you do not want the long term commitment of adopting a pet and you live within our branch area, why not join our fostering scheme? Click here for information.