The adoption of a rescue animal should always be given careful and thorough consideration and should not be under taken lightly - pet ownership is a huge responsibility and is a long term commitment.
The majority of our pets for re-homing have come from un-known backgrounds, some have been abused, suffered injury or malnutrition, many of them have no history and as such we cannot make any guarantees regarding the pets.
Each of our animals is an individual character and most settle easily into their new home. With an experienced team consisting of qualified dog trainers and animal behaviourists we make assessments, offer rehabilitation and offer as much information about each animal we re-home as possible.
Each animal should be discussed individually with prospective owners therefore an appointment is made with any potential new owner.
We owe it to the animals in our care to ensure that only the right home and the right owner is found for their individual needs. Obviously with our younger puppies and kittens the rules are more general but the adoption policy regarding care and commitment remains the same.
Full support and guidance is always on offer to our new owners and it is our policy to follow up on new owners and their pets on a regular basis. We actively encourage people to return to the shelter for a visit, a walk or just to say Hello!! We also visit new 'families' in their own homes.
Please remember that our first priority is the wellbeing of the animal we are re-homing. We do not wish to be seen to be difficult but from experience we know that the following requirements are necessary.
We like nothing more than to wave good-bye to our new found 'families' but have a duty of care and responsibility before reaching that stage.
Vetting of potential owners and premises may be required.
No pets will be re-homed to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
Full contact details and residential address must be given.
A period of 24 hours will be required as a 'consideration time' for all new owners.
We will request that if an animal is chosen, all re-homing requirements are satisfied and owners deemed compatible can return after 24 hours to collect their new family member. This will ensure that both the owner and home is ready for their arrival and that no animal is re-homed 'on a whim'.
All new owners will be required to have their animal neutered. When possible our animals are neutered prior to re-homing but with puppies and kittens they may be too young when they leave us. It is a requirement that new owners commit to having this operation carried out when the animal matures. Follow up on this with local vets will be ensured.
If during a follow up visit it is found that the pet is suffering or there is evidence that proper care and consideration is not being offered to the animal, we reserve the right to remove the animal from the home immediately.
If, in extreme circumstances, a re-homed pet can no longer stay with the adopted persons we will endeavour to take the animal back into our care. Each case will be assessed individually.
Health records and vaccination records will be provided with each animal re-homed but the shelter cannot guarantee future health or be held responsible for any health issues that arise once the animal is taken into the care of the new owner.
The adopting party will be expected to make an adoption payment or donation.