RSPCA - Adopting a Rescued Animal


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In 2011, our animal centres and branches gave 60,551 animals a second chance at a new home and life.

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RSPCA - Adopting a Rescued Animal

  1. 1. Adopting arescued animal
  2. 2. Fantastic, you’ve decided to adoptone of our rescued animals and give them a second chance. What now? This page guides you, step by step, through our rehoming process.
  3. 3. Things to consider There is a small charge for adopting an animal from us. This helps us cover the costs of microchipping, vaccination and, where appropriate, neutering.
  4. 4. Things to considerOwning a pet is a big responsibility. Be sure thatyou can meet their needs and provide for themfinancially. We recommend insuring your pet to help cover the cost of any future unexpected medical costs.
  5. 5. Choosing an animalThere are several ways to view theanimals in our care who are looking for new homes. OnlineUse pet search to search for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and more. Search bylocation, breed, age, size and gender to help you find your perfect match. Our special appeals highlight theanimals that are finding it more difficultto find a new home. These animals are often overlooked through no fault of their own, but will make wonderful pets for the right owners.
  6. 6. Choosing an animalThere are several ways to view the animals in our care who are looking for new homes. In person Not all of the animals lookingfor new homes can be seen on our website. Find the centre in your area and contact them toarrange a visit, they’re looking forward to meeting you!
  7. 7. Visiting an animal centre When you visit one of our rescue centres youll be greeted by a friendly member of staff. Theyll ask about the type of animal you would like to adopt, and the kind of home you can offer. Youll also be asked to fill out an application form so you can be matched with your perfect pet.
  8. 8. Visiting an animal centre Some of our centres don’t allow members of the public to look around the animals and instead provide photos and descriptions of those available for rehoming. This helps us to minimise the anxiety of animals in our care and keep tails wagging.Dont be put off if we dont find your perfect match during the first visit. Were like a dog with a bone when it comes to rehominganimals. Keep coming back and well happily keep trying to find the right pet for you.
  9. 9. Getting to know each other Once you’ve chosen a pet you will be introduced by amember of staff or volunteer and given some time to get to know each other. If you have other family pets to consider you may be encouraged to bring them to the centre on a separate visit so that they can meet too!
  10. 10. The home visit So that we can be sure we’ve truly found youyour perfect match one of our trained volunteers will visit you in your home.Mrs O’Malley, who’s rehomed a cat and dog from us, said:“The home visits are really nice; you get somebody who comes round and has a chat with you about animals. They’re very friendly.”
  11. 11. Taking an animal home Congratulations, it’s time to collect your newest family member! Your new pet may be a little nervous at first, and may have spent some time away from family life, so be sure to give them plenty of time to settle in. Expect a few accidents during the first few days, even from already house trained pets.If you’re concerned that your pet isn’t settling in, or they developunwanted behaviours in the future, consider seeking the advice ofa clinical animal behaviourist. A few simple changes could make a big difference.
  12. 12. Happy endings We take great care to ensure that each pet is perfectly matched to the right owner. By adopting an animal from us youre helping abandoned, abused or neglected animals become part of a heart-warming rehoming success story. Visit our pet search today to find your perfect pet.
  13. 13. For more informationvisit the RSPCAThank You