The rehoming process: How to apply to be considered for rehoming a dog or cat and what is involved.
We suggest you contact us by phone for details of any cats or dogs awaiting rehoming, since the Cat and Dog Teams will have the most up to date information.
If you see a particular cat or dog on one of our posters in Vets or Pet Shops, telephone us on the number included in the listing and we will establish if that particular animal matches your family circumstances (e.g. if you work irregular hours or there are other pets in the household). Even if the animal on the poster does not interest you, it is still worthwhile contacting one of our cat team or dog team members to see if there are any new arrivals not yet listed.
If the cat or dog you are enquiring about does not match your circumstances we may suggest other animals which may be more suitable for you – we will give you details to contact the relevant person by phone so that you can see the animal.
If it is agreed that you can take the dog, we require a minimum donation of £35 which goes towards the cost of looking after dogs (i.e. fostering and veterinary bills). We do not sell dogs and cats for profit – we merely seek to find good owners who can provide a suitable home for them.
We only rehome dogs which have been microchipped, since this is the responsibility of the current owner. If we rehome a microchipped dog, we can arrange for the new owner’s details to be updated on the appropriate database. Cats will normally be spayed or neutered, but we expect the owner of a dog to pay for spaying or neutering if this becomes desirable.
A donation for rehoming a cat is by arrangement with the cat team.
In the case of cats, a house check will be required initially. For dogs, the owner will normally be visited after the dog has settled in, usually within a month of rehoming. When we are satisfied that all is well, we ask the new owner to sign an Adoption Form,which transfers the legal ownership of the animal from the Society to the new owner.