Rehome or adopt a rescued pet
Adopting a pet is all about ensuring you're matched with the perfect pet for you, so that you and your new pet can have a fantastic life together. From finding each other online, to bringing your newest family member home, we've got all the information you need to help you find each other.
Temporary changes to our adoption process due to Covid19
Step 1 - Find each other online. Please note that potential adopters must live within one hour's drive of the location of the animal being adopted.
Step 2 - Complete an application form (download one at the bottom of the page) and email this to the rehoming centre that is caring for the animal.
Step 3 - You will receive an email or phone call from the rehoming centre and the application process will be completed via phone and email. You will be asked to provide photos or video of your home and a secure, private garden/yard (for a dog).
Step 4 - The animal will be brought safely to your home by experienced RSPCA staff or volunteers.
Step 5 - You will receive ongoing support from the rehoming centre following adoption and a post adoption home visit will be carried out when current movement and other restrictions have been lifted.
The health and safety of our staff and volunteers is of utmost importance to us. Unfortunately we can't adopt animals to homes where a member of the household is showing symptoms of or has a confirmed case of Covid-19. Or has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable or is shielding.
Who can rehome a rescued pet?
Anyone can rehome a rescued animal from us - what's important is matching you, and your family, with the right animal, which will be based on their needs, and yours.
Rehoming rescued dogs
Some of our dogs, for example, may still need help with toilet training and learn to be left alone, so need to be matched with someone who has the time for this.
Others may not be used to living with children - therefore we may choose not to rehome them to a young family.
Rehoming rescued cats
In some cases the cats in our care are still getting used to human company and may need someone who will to be patient with them. Others may need to be kept indoors - this may mean that they'd be ideal for a family with no outside space.
If you're looking to rehome a rescue cat find out how today.
What happens next?
Once you and your pet have found each other, we'll help you get ready to welcome them into your family. We'll arrange for one of our adoption staff or volunteers to call you.
They'll discuss with you any specific needs that your pet has, and suggest any adjustments to your house, garden or lifestyle that may be needed to help you and your rescue pet settle into a safe, secure and happy life together.
Introducing a new pet to your home will be exciting, rewarding and, at times, challenging. It may take quite a while for your new pet to settle into life with you, but don't worry, if you do encounter some tricky bits with your new pet, you're not alone - we're here to support you.