How to Adopt
You can read and download a copy of the RSPCA Terms & Conditions of Adoption here:
Before visiting the Shelter please call 07748 629202 during our opening hours to speak to a member of the dog team. They will have a brief, friendly discussion with you and hopefully invite you to visit the Shelter if there are any dogs you are interested in. If there is a suitable dog you would like to adopt we will reserve it for you (including on our website) 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: £100 (adults and puppies)
Please visit the Shelter to speak to a member of the cat team and see the cats available for adoption. If you find a suitable cat we will reserve it for you and arrange for all members of the family to meet the cat 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: £50 (adults and kittens) – reduced to £90 if adopting 2 cats
Please visit the Shelter to see the rabbits we have available for adoption. 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.
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.
Adult rabbits are neutered prior to adoption. Neutering vouchers will be issued for kittens.
Adoption fee: £15 – reduced to £25 if adopting 2 rabbits
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: £12 – reduced to £20 if adopting 2 guinea pigs
The minimum accommodation size requirements are:
|Rats||90cm x 60cm x 150cm|
|Mice||75cm x 40cm x 40cm|
|Gerbils||90cm x 37.5cm x 37.5cm|
|Russian Dwarf Hamsters||75cm x 40cm x 40cm|
|Syrian hamsters||75cm x 40cm x 40cm|
|Chinchillas||100cm x 100cm x 100cm|
Click on the name of each species above for further advice on their care and required housing. Please visit the Shelter to see our rodents available for adoption. If you find a suitable rodent to adopt we will put your details forward for a home visit.
Adoption fee: From £3
Please visit the Shelter to see our ferrets available for adoption. Ferrets are always rehomed in pairs or singly to live with another ferret. Ferrets are active and inquisitive creatures who need plenty of space and stimulation. If you find a suitable one 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: £12
Unless stated otherwise, all birds are rehomed to an aviary rather than a cage. A discount may be possible if adopting a large group of birds, please contact the Shelter. If you find a suitable one to adopt we will put your details forward for a home visit.
Adoption fee: From £5