How to Adopt

You can read and download a copy of the RSPCA Adoption Terms & Conditions.

Dogs

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the dogs available for adoption on our website. If you see a dog you are interested in, please call the dog team on 07748 629202 during our opening hours. They will have a brief, friendly discussion with you and hopefully invite you to visit the dogs at the Shelter. If there is a suitable dog you would like to adopt we will reserve it for you and arrange for all family members to meet your new dog. We will usually require family members to meet the dog at least twice. We will then put your details forward for a home visit. For most dogs we will require a fenced garden and someone at home at least part of the day. However each dog and adopter is an individual and we will be happy to talk to you about your own circumstances.

Please note: there is no public viewing of dogs in their kennels as this causes them unnecessary stress. Dogs can be seen on this website or on posters at the Shelter and any suitable dogs can be brought out for you to meet.

All dogs are microchipped prior to adoption. Adult dogs are also neutered prior to adoption. Neutering vouchers will be issued for puppies.

Adoption fee: £130 (dogs) / £150 (puppies)

Cats

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the cats available for adoption on our website. If you see a cat you are interested in, call or pop into the Shelter during our opening hours to speak to a member of the cat team. We will then reserve the cat for you and arrange for all members of the family to meet before organising a home visit. We may ask for a cat flap, which we will usually ask to be fitted prior to adopting the cat.

All cats are microchipped prior to adoption. Adult cats are also neutered prior to adoption. Neutering vouchers will be issued for kittens.

Adoption fee: £60 (cats) / £70 (kittens)

Rabbits

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the rabbits available for adoption on our website. If you see a rabbit you are interested in, call or pop into the Shelter during our opening hours to speak to a member of the small animals team. 

We encourage prospective rabbit owners to consider large outdoor accommodation such as ‘wendy houses’/sheds with access to a garden and/or a grassed run. If using a traditional hutch set up we have a minimum requirement of 6ft x 2ft x 2.6ft (180cm x 60cm x 75cm) for a hutch with a permanently attached run of at least 18 sq ft. You can buy excellent hutches from www.boylespethousing.co.uk – all handmade to order. Other recommended retailers of rabbit accommodation are www.manorpethousing.co.uk and  www.runaround.co.uk.

We only rehome rabbits in pairs (or singly to live with an existing rabbit). Some rabbits may be suitable to live indoors as house rabbits. Please speak to a member of staff. Once you reserve a rabbit we will put your details forward for a home visit.

All rabbits are microchipped prior to adoption.  Adult rabbits are neutered prior to adoption. Neutering vouchers will be issued for kittens.

Adoption fee: £30 (single) / £45 (pair)

Guinea Pigs

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the guinea pigs available for adoption on our website. If you see a guinea pig you are interested in, call or pop into the Shelter during our opening hours to speak to a member of the small animals team. 

Guinea pigs are always rehomed as pairs (or singly to live with another guinea pig). We do not rehome guinea pigs to live with rabbits. Minimum hutch size for guinea pigs is 4ft x 2ft with an attached run. Once you reserve a guinea pig we will put your details forward for a home visit.

We do not routinely neuter guinea pigs prior to adoption but this can be done if required on veterinary advice or to assist in their rehoming.

Adoption fee: £15 (single) / £25 (pair)

Ferrets

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the ferrets available for adoption on our website. If you see a ferret you are interested in, call or pop into the Shelter during our opening hours to speak to a member of the small animals team. 

Ferrets are always rehomed in pairs or singly to live with another ferret. We recommend a shed/aviary style set up for ferrets living outdoors. The RSPCA minimum requirements are a large hutch (6ft x 2ft x 2ft) and a secure run (6ft x 4ft). Indoor ferrets will require a suitable indoor cage and daily access to an exercise area – please discuss with a member of staff. Ferrets are active and inquisitive creatures who need plenty of space and stimulation. If you find a suitable ferret to adopt we will put your details forward for a home visit.

All ferrets are microchipped prior to adoption. Adult ferrets are also neutered prior to adoption. Neutering vouchers will be issued for kits.

Adoption fee: £15

Birds

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the birds available for adoption on our website. If you see a birds you are interested in, call or pop into the Shelter during our opening hours to speak to a member of the small animals team. 

Unless stated otherwise, all birds are rehomed to an aviary rather than a cage. If you find a suitable bird to adopt we will put your details forward for a home visit.

Adoption fee: From £10 (adoption fee varies depending on species and may be reduced if taking multiple birds – please ask)

Rodents

Before visiting the Shelter, please take a look at the rodents available for adoption on our website. If you see a rodent you are interested in, call or pop into the Shelter during our opening hours to speak to a member of the small animals team. 

The minimum accommodation size requirements are:

Rats (1-2) 80cm x 50cm x 70cm
Rats (3-6) 90cm x 60cm x 150cm
Degus (1-2) 80cm x 50cm x 70cm
Mice (1-2) 75cm x 40cm x 40cm
Gerbils (1-4) 90cm x 37.5cm x 37.5cm
Russian Dwarf Hamsters (1-2) 75cm x 40cm x 40cm
Syrian hamsters (1) 75cm x 40cm x 40cm
Chinchillas (1-2) 100cm x 100cm x 100cm

Click on the name of each species above for further advice on their care and required housing. If you find a suitable rodent to adopt we will put your details forward for a home visit.

Adoption fee: From £5 (adoption fee varies depending on species – please ask)

RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter | Black Hat Lane | Bakers Hill | Exeter | EX2 9TA
Tel: 01392 439898