How to adopt an animal
We would ask to arrange a home visit prior to adoption. All of the animals in care at Walsall RSPCA are cared for in foster homes, we don't have an animal centre. Our animals cannot be viewed until a home check has been successfully completed. If you wish to adopt an animal from us please carefully read the RSPCA policies below before reserving an animal.
We ask for a minimum donation to adopt any of our animals. This is to help towards the cost of health checks, neutering, vaccinations, veterinary treatment and food whilst in our care.
- We ask for a minimum adoption fee of £60 for each cat/kitten.
The adoption fee helps towards the health check, a blood test for FiV and FeLV (cat aids and leukaemia), first vaccination (and second vaccination if the cat has been in our care more than 3 weeks), micro chipping, neutering, worming and flea treatment and any veterinary fees which may have occurred while the cat/kitten was in our care.
- When you rehome a kitten from us, we rehome them with a neutering voucher for you to bring them back to our vets to be neutered once they are 4 - 6 months old. If you bring them to our vets there is no cost to you at all. If you don’t live local, we can issue a neutering voucher for your chosen vet. However, neutering cost vary around the country so we will only ever issue vouchers for £30. Please bare this in mind when adopting a kitten from us.
- We don't rehome cats to live on/near a main/busy road.
- We do not rehome kittens to live alone. When they leave their mum at 8 weeks old it is a very vulnerable time and they need to have another cat around them for companionship and to play with. We recommend not placing young kittens with mature cats over 10 years as they don’t usually take to kittens very well and it can upset the older cat. We will never rehome a kitten until they are 9 weeks old, all kittens receive at least their first vaccination before leaving us. If the kittens are still with us at 12 weeks old they will receive their second vaccination.
- Rabbits are highly social animals and need company of their own kind. We only rehome rabbits in pairs, or to be part of a pair.
- To adopt a pair of rabbits we ask that you have a hutch of at least 6x2x2ft with access to a 6ft x 8ft x 3ft secure run, either attached to the hutch or connected via runaround tunnels. The run must be on concrete or paving slabs, or meshed underneath if on grass to prevent the rabbits digging out, and predators digging in. They need lots of enrichment and things to keep them occupied. We do rehome rabbits to different outdoor set ups, such as Wendy houses or sheds but they would still need a run. The enclosure should be a minimum of 60sqft.
- We also rehome rabbits to live as house rabbits but they do need some kind of base to call their own. i.e an extra large puppy pen. Although we are flexible on the accommodation we rehome to, we will not rehome to anything smaller than the guidelines above.
- We do not rehome rabbits to live in chicken coop style hutches (small raised living area above a run). Chicken coops are not suitable accommodation for rabbits, they need an enclosed area with access to a run to be able to display natural behaviour.
- All rabbits are health checked by a vet, neutered, fully vaccinated (Nobivac Myxo-RHD and Filavac RHD2) and microchipped. We ask for a minimum adoption fee of £60 for a single rabbit or £110 for an already bonded pair. If you are looking to adopt a pair of rabbits we would ask that you consider one of our already bonded pairs.
- If you have a single rabbit and are looking for a friend for him/her, we can give you advice on bonding them. We may also able to offer assistance with bonding if you are adopting a rabbit from us to be friends with an existing rabbit. Bonding rabbits requires 24/7 supervision from one of our experienced volunteers. We do ask for an additional donation if you require our help with bonding the rabbits for you. (Unfortunately a Bonding Service is not available at this time)
Guinea pig Adoption
- Guinea pigs are highly social animals and like to live in pairs, or groups. We rehome guinea pigs in pairs, or to live as part of a pair/group. We neuter all single adult male guinea pigs when they arrive in foster care, they then stay with us 6 weeks before looking for their forever home. We will only rehome males together if they have come to us as a bonded pair. We will not rehome an adult male guinea pig to live with an existing male guinea pig as the chances of the guinea pigs fighting is high. If we have any young baby males, under 8 weeks old, we are happy to try boar dating.
- To adopt a pair of guinea pigs, an indoor cage needs to be at least 140cm x 60cm. C&C grids make brilliant guinea pig housing indoors. An outdoor hutch would need to be 150cm x 60cm with access to a run on grass for the warmer weather. During winter you must be prepared to move your guinea pigs to an inside area, as they cannot cope with cold temperatures. Guinea pigs can be very active animals and need space to run around in their accommodation, they also like tunnels and piles of hay to hide in, so space is essential.
- We do not consider ‘chicken coop’ style hutches suitable accommodation for guinea pigs. ‘Chicken coops’ don’t offer the protection from the weather that guinea pigs need, please remember guinea pigs should not be placed on wet grass or cold concrete slabs.
- All of our guinea pigs are health checked by a vet prior to rehoming. Single adult male guinea pigs are neutered and we keep them in foster care for 6 weeks before being rehomed.
Adoption fees are as follows :-
single female - £20,
single neutered male - £40,
unneutered baby boar - £20,
pair of females - £35,
pair of unneutered males - £35,
trio of females - £45,
neutered male, and female pair - £50.