HOW TO ADOPT
Have you seen an animal you would like to adopt? Or would like to find out more about adoption before you commit? Read on to learn about our adoption procedures, what is involved and what we need to do before an animal is rehomed.
THE FIRST STEP
Please complete the adoption form on the right, letting us know which animal you are interested in. It is helpful if you can provide us with as many details as you can, such as if you have any animals already, if you have children and their ages, if you work full time, part time or are at home for most of the day. This means that we can tell you which animals are best suited to your lifestyle.
Once we have received the adoption form, we will contact you asking for any further details we may need, and explain about the next step in our adoption process, which is the home visit.
THE HOME VISIT
Once we have replied to your enquiry, the local home visitor will contact you to arrange a convenient time to come and see you. The purpose of a home visit is to ensure that our animals are placed in the right type of home for them. Some of our animals are not suitable to live with children for instance, or with other animals. You may want an affectionate lap cat or a house cat; it is only by visiting you and having a chat about your lifestyle that we can be sure your chosen pet is the right one for you. If you haven't expressed a preference for a particular animal, the home visitor will be able to give you some details about which foster pets may be suitable. The home visitor will then feedback the summary of your visit to our Operations Director, who will arrange for you to visit the applicable foster animal(s). Our animals are looked after in volunteers homes throughout the area, and live as part of a family so you will see their true temperament and character when you visit.
THE FINAL STEP
Once you have chosen which pet you would like to adopt, you can arrange with us when you would like to take them home. Some adopters like to take their pet when they first see them, others like time to get everything prepared. You will be asked to sign a homing contract, which states that you will provide a safe and happy home for your pet, and if your circumstances change you must return the animal to our care. You will be given their microchip details, welfare history, and vaccination certificate where applicable. We will ask you for your donation (see opposite for adoption prices). You can then take your pet home and start your new life together!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ADOPTION?
As a responsible rehoming organisation, we provide a full post adoption service for 3 months. During this time you can contact us with any concerns or problems you may be experiencing. We would also appreciate feedback from you if things are running smoothly, plus some pics if possible! Some of our animals are with us for many months, so we do form a bond with them and it is always nice to hear how they are getting on. If, for any reason, you decide that things aren't working out then we undertake to bring the animal back into foster care as soon as we are able to. If this does happen, please remember that we are quite often full to capacity with rescue animals, so we may need to wait until another adoption has taken place before we can bring your pet back into care.
WE'VE BEEN ADOPTED - THANK YOU!
Before the adoption is completed, we will ask you for an adoption donation. These are a main source of income for us, ensuring that we can continue the vital work of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the many animals who need our help. These donations don't cover the full amount that it costs us to care for an animal; the figures stated below are a recommended minimum donation. Please feel free to donate more if you are in a position to do so.
The following two cases illustrate how much it costs us to get an animal ready for rehoming:
Coco - stray young female cat in the early stages of pregnancy. Spent 5 weeks in foster care before giving birth to 6 kittens. Coco was then spayed and microchipped when the kittens were 8 weeks old, and remained with us for another four weeks before being adopted.
Price for food and litter during her stay of 17 weeks - £301.92
Cost of spaying and microchipping - £65
Total cost of care - £366.92.
Total price for care of Coco's 6 kittens, including neutering, vaccinations and microchipping - £780.
Total combined cost - £1146.92.
Amount recovered through homing donations for all 7 - £400.
That left us a shortfall of £746.92 just for one cat and her kittens.
Two female rabbits, aged 3 years. Spent 4 months in foster care before being adopted.
Total cost of care - £160
Cost of neutering - £142.20
Total combined cost - £302.20
Amount recovered through homing donation - £50
Shortfall - £252.20
Obviously the cost differs according to the animal concerned, we may home an animal quickly, but some have stayed with us for up to a year before being homed. We rely on public donations for funding, no help is received from other sources. Please bear this in mind when you are adopting an animal, and think how much we have spent on your new pet and others like her.
MINIMUM RECOMMENDED DONATIONS
NEUTERED AND MICROCHIPPED £60
NEUTERED, MICROCHIPPED, VACCINATED £80
KITTENS - WILL BE HOMED WITH A NEUTERING CONTRACT, UNDER WHICH A NEW OWNER IS EXPECTED TO HAVE THE KITTEN NEUTERED WHEN IT COMES OF AGE AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. THE CONTRACT MUST BE RETURNED TO US FOLLOWING NEUTERING, SIGNED BY A VET. ALL KITTENS WILL BE VACCINATED AND MICROCHIPPED PRIOR TO ADOPTION. £150 A PAIR
RABBITS AND CHINCHILLAS
PER BONDED PAIR £70
GUINEA PIGS, RATS AND DEGUS
PER BONDED PAIR £25
PRICE ON APPLICATION
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