Hertfordshire East Branch
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The Adoption Process

If you are interesting in adopting from the Hertfordshire East RSPCA, we will firstly give you more information over the telephone about the animal you have expressed an interest in.

If you want to progress to the next stage, we will arrange for one of our Home Visitors to come to your home to see where the animal will be potentially living, or for your local Branch to visit if you have not aleady had a home visit completed.

Home visits remain valid for one year, therefore, if you previously had a home visit over a year ago, we will need another home visit to be completed.

Once the home visit has been completed and passed, we will arrange for you to see the cat, kitten that you are interested in depending on where the cat/kitten is being cared for this may be either be in a private foster home or a cattery within our area.

If lots of people have expressed an interest in one particular cat or kitten we try and be as fair as possible and whoever has their home visit successfully completed first will be given the oportunity to to visit the cat or kitten ahead of anyone else.

If you live in private rented or Housing Association/Council accommodation we will require written permission from your Landlord/Council/Warden before allowing you to adopt a cat or kitten, unless this is written into your tenancy agreement.  

We do not allow people to reserve animals until they have been seen. 

You will be asked to visit the cat or kitten that you are interested in at least twice prior to taking him/her to their new home.  This helps to ensure tha the cat/kitten goes to the most suitable home and that everything is in place for him/her when the adoption is finalised. 

All cats and kittens over 4 months that come into our Branch's care are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and where necessary tested for Felv/Fiv before they are rehomed. 

When you adopt an animal from the Hertfordshire East Branch of the RSPCA our adoption fee is £100 for one cat/kitten or £160.  This adoption fee includes 4 weeks RSPCA Pet Insurance. 

We do not profit from this adoption fee. 

Once the cat/kitten has been adopted you will be responsible for any ongoing veterinary treatment including routine vaccinations, flea and worming treatments as well as any illness or injuries.   

Please note that we do have an age limit in relation to families with young children who wish to adopt kittens. It it our Branch's policy not to allow any family with children under the age of 7 years to adopt or foster a kitten under the age of 6 months old.  Whilst we do understand that some families have children who have handled young animals without any problems, we would respectfully ask for you not to ask us to break our Branch policy.

If you have any existing pets in the home we will need him/her to be up to date with his/her vaccinations, be neutered and microchipped before we can consider allowing you to adopt from us.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this section.

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