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Adoption Process

We are sure you cant wait to meet your potential new companion, however we have a strict procedure to protect the welfare and wellbeing of all the animals within our care.

Before embarking on the adoption process, have you considered the impact a new animal introduced to your home will have on you and your family? Have you researched the cost of routine veterinary care and what will happen to your animal when you go on holiday? Click Here for Pet Cost Calculator.


As most of our animals have come from the wrong homes for one reason or another, you will need to forgive us for being thorough in our adoption process; as we want to find our animals the home that will be theirs for the rest of their lives. This is the least they deserve. For more information on looking after a pet please click here.  To see a short video clip of cats click here. 

The first step in our adoption process is to find the animal that is right for you. You can find information about all of our available animals on our adoption page. We do not allow members of the public to visit the animal home without an invitation.

Once you have found your potential future pet, you need to fill in the perfect match form online. It is important that you provide as much information as possible and vaccination for current animals. 

Once we have this information our rehoming team can assess whether you and your chosen pet are a good match. Should you be a potential match, they will get in touch to guide you through the next steps. The matching process can take some time especially when there are lots applications for an animal, so please bare with us. 

If you do not hear from us within 7 days, then unfortunately your chosen animal is not the perfect match for you or your circumstances. We would therefore encourage you to look again. We apologies but we are unable to reply to every application we receive.

We are only able to process applications when a specific animal from our website has been chosen, and cannot keep perfect match forms on file. nor are we able to process applications for animals kept at other branches.

Once the matching process has been carried out we will invite you down to the animal for a meet and greet with your chosen pet. There will be staff on hand to tell you a bit more about your chosen pet and support you as you get to know them. Don't feel bad if your meet and greet doesn't go well, for more challenging dogs/cats we recommend multiple meets before making a decision and ultimately the match has to be right for you and your new pet.

Assuming everything goes well we will pass you along for a home visit. Our home visits are carried out by trained volunteers who can check your house is suitable for your new pet and provide some tips on how to help your new pet settle in. 

Once the home visit has been carried out and assuming there are no issues you're free to arrange a time to come and collect your new family member.


What do I get for the adoption fee?

On adoption your animal will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped for cats and dogs , have up to date vaccinations, de-fleaing and worming treatments come as standard. 

If your perfect potential match is not with our branch, then please do check RSPCA's national rehoming page for other animals waiting for their perfect homes.
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