Rehoming Practices

Our Philosophy

Every dog and cat that comes into our care is treated like our own; it’s extremely rewarding to see an animal we’ve cared for find their forever home.

This means that we do everything in our power to make sure that our cats & dogs find the place that is meant for them. We practice a non-destructive policy for rehoming healthy animals, meaning that we exhaust every resource and option before euthanasia is considered; and it is never due to length of stay with us. 

Sometimes, despite our expert care, we too must make the same heart-breaking decision. Putting a dog or cat to sleep is never a decision made lightly, and is only considered once we’ve explored every other option. If a dog is deemed too dangerous to our staff, volunteers, or the general public, we make the decision to euthanize on the grounds of safety.

Any feral cats are neutered and released into a feral colony.

Our Rehoming Practices

  • Before any animal can be re-homed, the staff find out everything possible about it’s nature, requirements, and the type of home that would be suitable. 
  • We carry out a home visit before any potential adopter is accepted.
  • Great care is taken to ensure that the adopter does not have any commercial purpose in mind and that they are not considering using a dog as a guard dog.
  • If a cat or dog is less than 6 months of age at the time of adoption, the staff must confirm that the adopter understands that the neutering of the animal is a definite requirement from 6 months of age.
  • All potential dog adopters are visited by a suitably qualified staff member, who will then complete a questionnaire to ensure the offered home is adequate. 
  • When a cat or dog leaves the shelter it will have been vaccinated and (if over 6 months old) neutered. The staff member responsible for the adoption ensures that the adopter has all necessary information to cope with the animal’s care in an appropriate manner, and that they understand what has been given to them. This information is accompanied by a booklet that can be used for reference. The adopter is also made to understand that they are free and welcome to call for any advice as often as they need.