How to Adopt

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

Note: This page was updated on 23 June 2020.

Dogs

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the dogs available for adoption please look at our website. For most dogs we will require a fenced garden and someone at home for 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. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email before contacting us otherwise this causes delays. If you see a suitable dog, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the dog team will then call you to discuss your application further and hopefully arrange a meeting. Please be aware that we get a lot of applications for dogs and often have to short list – if you don’t hear from us please assume you have not been successful this time.

We also offer a Golden Oldies Veterinary Support (GOVS) scheme for dogs over 10 years of age, where we will help towards age-related veterinary expenses to encourage people to adopt older animals. 

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

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the cats available for adoption please look at our website. If you see a suitable cat, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the cat team will then call you to discuss your application further. We may ask for a cat flap, which we will usually ask to be fitted prior to adopting the cat. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email (including being allowed to fit a cat flap) before contacting us otherwise this causes delays.

We also offer a Golden Oldies Veterinary Support (GOVS) scheme for cats over 10 years of age, where we will help towards age-related veterinary expenses to encourage people to adopt older animals. 

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

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the rabbits available for adoption please look at our website. If you see a suitable rabbit, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the small animal team will then call you to discuss your application further. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email before contacting us otherwise this causes delays.

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 spacious run. Please look at the file below for details of suitable hutches that we would recommend:

RABBIT HUTCH INFORMATION

We only rehome rabbits in pairs (or singly to live with an existing neutered rabbit).  Note a separate bonding set up is needed if mixing rabbits. Some rabbits may be suitable to live indoors as house rabbits. Please speak to a member of staff. 

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

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the guinea pigs available for adoption please look at our website. If you see a suitable guinea pig, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the small animal team will then call you to discuss your application further. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email before contacting us otherwise this causes delays.

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. Note a separate bonding set up is needed if mixing guinea pigs. Minimum hutch size for guinea pigs is 4ft x 2ft with an attached run. 

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

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the ferrets available for adoption please look at our website. If you see a suitable ferret, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the small animal team will then call you to discuss your application further. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email before contacting us otherwise this causes delays.

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. Note separate accommodation needed whilst introductions taking place before mixing ferrets.

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

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the birds available for adoption please look at our website. If you see a suitable bird, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the small animal team will then call you to discuss your application further. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email before contacting us otherwise this causes delays.

Unless stated otherwise, all birds are rehomed to an aviary rather than a cage. 

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

Rodents

Please note the shelter is still closed to the public. To see the rodents available for adoption please look at our website. If you see a suitable rodent, please complete a Perfect Match form on the animal’s individual web page and return it via email to info@rspca-littlevalley.org.uk. A member of the small animal team will then call you to discuss your application further. If you are in rented accommodation, please have your landlord’s permission in the form of a letter or email before contacting us otherwise this causes delays.

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 37cm x 50cm
Russian Dwarf Hamsters (1-2) 75cm x 50cm x 50cm
Syrian hamsters (1) 75cm x 50cm x 50cm
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. 

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