This page outlines our guidelines for re-homing RSPCA animals. However, we assess each application on an individual basis. All homes will be visited by our trained volunteer home visitors prior to the adoption taking place, to ensure that the home is suitable for the animal in question. The home visitors are also available to offer advice and to answer any queries that adopters may have.
Families with children under the age of 5 years will be considered on an individual basis although it is our policy not to re-home kittens and puppies of 6 months and under to homes with small children. • If the home is rented property, written consent will be required.
For people working full-time, we would suggest taking two adult cats, rather than one. They would benefit from each other's company during the day. • Kittens (under 6 months) will not be re-homed to people working full-time. This is as a result of the need to feed them 3 times per day. • Cats should not be homed to flats unless it is a ground floor flat with a garden. All cats should have access to some form of outdoor space. • No cat should be re-homed into a property on a busy main road location.
Dogs are generally not re-homed to flats unless it is a ground floor flat with direct access into a well fenced garden. • Puppies should be homed with people who are home for most of the time. • All homes for dogs must have a garden with suitable fencing. • Dogs will not be re-homed as guard dogs or for breeding. • Dogs must not live outside or be chained in any fashion. • Prospective owners must have a fixed address. • Dogs should not be homed to people who work full-time and intend to leave the dog alone during this time; it is our belief that no dog should be left for more than four hours at a time.
The list above is not intended to stop people from adopting our animals, we want nothing more than to see our cats and dogs, rabbits in loving new homes. However, many of our animals have suffered trauma in their lives and we want to do our utmost to ensure that their new home is one for life where they can live the life that they deserve. By selecting our adoption homes carefully, we maximise the chance of the match being successful and the relationship being a long and happy one. We would ask that all potential adopters think carefully about the reality of pet ownership before going ahead. Pets can be wonderful, loyal and loving at best but also expensive, time-consuming and destructive at worst. We recommend that all new owners take out pet insurance to ensure peace of mind should the animals be involved in an accident/illness. We also ask owners to consider the costs involved in caring for the animals routine veterinary treatment, food etc. what provisions you would need to make for your pet when you are on holiday, such as boarding fees. Finally we want to be sure that every member of the family is keen to adopt the animal; this may include considering any existing animals in the household! However, if all of the above has been carefully considered and you are still keen to go ahead and adopt an animal, we would love to hear from you. We would expect any existing animals in the household to be already neutered and up to date with vaccinations.
We charge a small adoption fee of £50.00 for cats and £100.00 - £150.00 for dogs. This is no way covers the costs involved in caring for the animal. It only helps us continue our welfare services.
The Fee Includes
1) A thorough medical by a Vet. 2) Vaccination. 3) Neutering. 4) Identity micro-chip.
Please note we will not rehome an animal to an area where it was found injured/abandoned.
For more information please 'phone our Rehoming Co-ordinator, on mobile number 07867 972870 .
Branch Rehoming Visitor
If you might like to be considered for the very important work of an RSPCA Branch re-homing visitor you should phone as above.
Six weeks free Pet insurance
We have got together with MORE TH>N to help support every person who gives a second chance to a cat or dog.
So to help you and your new pet as you settle in to your life together, we’d like to offer you six weeks of free cover from MORE TH>N if you rehome a dog or cat at one of our centres or branches.
Activate your six weeks free cover
To activate your six weeks free cover, just call MORE TH>N within 48 hours of adopting your new pet on:
- 0800 197 9902
Rehoming over Christmas.
“As we rely on a network of volunteers to conduct our home visits, we often find that the speed with which we can get the home visits done slows down, as the demands of Christmas affect our volunteers too. Because of this, it may take a little longer for your adoption to be processed and we appreciate your patience.
Christmas is a busy and hectic time for most households. Unusual noise and activities, extra demands upon the new owners’ time and the difficulties an animal may face when settling in to a new home. Experience tells us it could end in tears so we may not release new adoptions to homes before Christmas if it is best for all concerned.
However, we do understand that for some people, the festive period is a calm, quiet time and every adoption is dealt with on an individual basis.
We urge anyone thinking of adopting a pet at Christmas to consider the long-term commitment required to properly care for an animal. People should take into account whether they have the time and money to care for the animal 365 days of the year for the next 10-20 years. Factors to consider include daily grooming, feeding and exercise and ongoing costs such as vets bills and registration fees.
If you are confident that a pet is the right addition to your home, the RSPCA recommends visiting a rescue centre with all the family so they can pick out the pet which will be best suited to their particular lifestyle. Pets are a lifelong commitment. Consider carefully before adopting a pet to ensure that this pet will be loved for life.”