Adoption Guide

Adoption Application Forms

By completing the adoption enquiry form you are of course under no commitment to rehome the animal you are enquiring about.

*Please make sure that you are happy with the minimum donation amount that we require in order to allow you to adopt the animal from us, see below for details*

We are very happy to give out help and advice to new owners before and after adoption and we don't expect new owners to be animal experts. However, we do expect potential owners to have done some research into the basic care and welfare requirements of the animal they wish to adopt.

Please ensure that you know enough about your chosen animal's needs and are confident that you are able to fulfill those needs for the rest of the animal's life before enquiring about adoption.

Minimum donation

Cats & Kittens: The minimum accepted donation to adopt a cat or kitten is £80, this includes neutering, full set of vaccinations, microchipping, flea treatment and worming treatment - with a total average cost to the shelter of £150 your donation helps greatly towards the expense of bringing our animals back to a state of satisfactory health and well-being.

Rabbits, Guinea Pigs & Ferrets: The minimum accepted donation to adopt a rabbit is £50, for a guinea pig it is £20. This includes neutering, a full set of vaccinations and microchipping - again, your donation helps greatly towards the cost of bringing our animals back to a state of satisfactory health and well-being.

Rehoming Policy for Cats & Kittens

We do not rehome to properties without direct access to a garden.

Indoor cats: Unless stated, our cats will all require access to the outdoors. We would only rehome a cat as indoor only if it was FIV+, deaf or had a significant disability. A cats natural territory is 3 times the size of the average house and garden. Restricting them inside causes stress, stress related illnesses and weight problems. We believe cats should be allowed to express natural behaviours and if given the choice they would choose to go outside. If it was the cats choice to stay in, the owner wouldn't have to ensure that doors and windows are kept closed.

Hence it is shelter policy not to rehome kittens if you live within 120 metres/130 yards (or approximately 5 tennis courts length) of a railway line or busy road. These include main roads, bus routes, school runs or roads used as short-cuts. For adult cats, individual circumstances will be taken into account depending on age or gender of cat.

We do not rehome to rented properties. We made this difficult decision due to the high number of cats returned to us due to owners moving into properties where pets were not allowed. It in no way reflects that tenants are not good owners but for the sake of our animals we have regrettably put this policy in place. We deeply apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

We will not rehome single kittens to households where no-one is at home during the day or any kittens with children under 5 years. No cat will be considered for rehoming where a child is under 3 years. A cat flap must be fitted if you are in full-time employment.

All homes will be subject to a home visit.

Rehoming Policy for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs & Ferrets

Guinea pigs must have access to grass. Rabbits must have hay, grass or both.

The minimum hutch size for a medium sized pair of rabbits as recommended by welfare organisations is 6ftx2ftx2ft. This is the bare minimum that rabbits require. In order for their welfare to be properly met they also require access to lots of exercise outside of their hutch. A happy rabbit needs the opportunity to express natural behaviours ie. hopping, stretching, digging, foraging none of which it can do within a hutch. A hutch should only be considered as a shelter/base. It should not be somewhere for rabbits to live, or be shut up in for any length of time.

Ideally, rabbits should have permanent access to a safe exercise area such as a large attached run so they can move between their hutch and exercise area at will.

We do not believe rabbits or ferrets make suitable pets for very young children. Rabbits and ferrets can be difficult to handle, have sharp claws and can scratch.

Guinea pigs and rabbits do not make suitable cage mates as they have very different diet requirements.

We will not rehome a single rabbit or guinea pig if it is going to be alone, unless a house rabbit where someone is at home most of the day.

All homes will be subject to a home visit.