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Our Rescue Pets

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All of our animals whether dogs, cats or smaller pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs have different needs and have come from different environments. For this reason, if you do decide you would like to adopt an animal, we aim to match your requirements and living arrangements to the needs of our animals.

With this in mind, it also pays to consider the type of animal you would like and the experience you have. Sometimes, the dog you like the look of may not be the best suited to your family.

Remember, we are always here to advise and offer any help we can. it can take time for your new pet to settle in, so it is worth bearing in mind what is happening in your life when your new addition arrives.

About Our Cat Section

The cat section at The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary is extremely busy as we usually have up to 100 cats in our care. We work hard to give them the best love and care we can while they are with us until they find their new forever homes. For some it is a short stay, while others may be with us years before they are adopted, but they will always have a home with us for as long as it takes. We also have a number of feral cats that are not suitable to be kept as pets, but we will always provide them with food, shelter and plenty of space to roam so they can enjoy their lives here free and naturally.

In the interests of animal welfare, we do not re-home cats or kittens as housebound animals. If a cat has been brought into us having only ever been a house cat, this would be the only exception.

We welcome visitors to come and meet the cats in our care and will do our best to find just the right one to join your family. With such a large number of cats in our care time is limited, so we are always happy to have volunteers to help with socializing and grooming, and the cats are always happy to have an extra lap to curl up on.

About Our Dog Section

Taking on a rescue dog is never without its challenges and should not be entered into lightly. But, if you are committed to the animal and its rehabilitation, there is nothing more rewarding; portrayed in the loyalty you shall receive from your new friend.

"I get such a feeling of pride being in charge of a kennel block here at The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary. Working with these dogs 6 days a week creates a truly meaningful bond between me and them. This is a must when a lot of these dogs have come from difficult backgrounds and therefore need one on one attention to build their trust. This bond does in turn make me very protective of them and their needs, and I consequently look to find them new homes with understanding owners prepared to invest the necessary time and effort to help them adjust to life outside the kennel.”

- Anna Strand

OAS Employee. 

Finding the Right Pet

Finding the Right Pet

Owning a pet is a fabulous and rewarding experience. Every animal has different needs, so how can you make sure you are ready for a new addition to your family and that you choose the right one for you?

It might be tempting if you see an animal looking longingly at you but think about whether you are really ready for a long term commitment. Your new pet could live for anything from 2 years to 20 or more and that impulse to provide a home might not seem like a good idea further down the line. Also, if you have not done your research, you will not know anything about the pet’s history and any health or behavioural problems that they come with. Be sure to talk it though with all of your family and friends then contact the Sanctuary.

If you find yourself rechecking the website for our new arrivals. Make your life easier by joining OAS Rehoming and receive a fortnightly newsletter containing each of our new animal arrivals who are fit and ready to start looking for their new home. Help the residents by telling a friend about OAS Rehoming.

Risk Assesment

The OAS staff work daily with the animals, getting to understand all the little differences between them and what makes them so special. Although no two dogs are exactly the same OAS staff rate them to the best of their ability and experience.

Every animal has a personality that can vary depending on its upbringing and life experiences. Some animals will have a high compatiblity with almost everyone and other animals, while other animals will need a more experienced owner who has time to train to resolve any apparent issues. Our staff are always happy to answer any questions that you may have on the animals in more detail. Contact us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or phone the Sanctuary directly on 01865 890239. 

NOTE: If the staff at OAS believe that the animal you have chosen is not best suited to your needs, they will do all they can to help you find a more suited companion.

iPhone Rehoming App

OAS app-linkDownload our Rehoming App

from the iPhone App Store

*Requiers iOS 7.0 or later

- Browse through the animals in our care

- Weekly resident updates

- Read all about our animals

- Book a viewing or come and visit us

- Share with your friends

- Please rate in App Store


This app was kindly designed and donated by Oxford App Studios

The Adoption Process

Ready to adopt a rescue?

1.    Take a look at our 'Rehome a Pet ' page where there is the most up to date listing of the animals we have at the Sanctuary.
2.    If you see one you think might be right for you come and visit us at the Sanctuary and speak to our staff about the animal you are looking for, they will be happy to help you in every way they can. Each of them knows about our animals history and can direct you to the most suitable pet.
3.    Once you have found the pet you think is the one, you must spend some time getting to know each other. You may need to visit the Sanctuary on a few occasions before you can take you new pet home. It is important that the match is right and everyone is happy with the decision. It is also important to bring other pets you may have to the Sanctuary to introduce them.
4.    A home visit will be conducted by one of our members of staff to ensure the environment is suitable for your new pet.
5.    Last of all, you must fill in our adoption form.
6.    You can now take your new pet home.
If however, we do not have a suitable animal for you at this time, please keep checking our website or join OAS Rehoming for fortnightly new arrival updates. We will try our best to find your perfect match. 
Most importantly of all, come and visit us.

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Upon arrival at the Sanctuary each of our rescue pets are kept under close eye by the Sanctuary staff. Once we are able to determine the behavioural characteristics our intention is to then send out a fortnightly message featuring every new arrival that is needing a home. We would like to get to know you a little better so we are able to send you information you want to hear about. Please complete this form below.

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Pet Advice

article-volunteer-behaviourAt the Sanctuary we do our best to assess our animals as they arrive. During the course of their time with us our dogs behavoiur can alter due to the change in their environment. OAS works daily to solve these issues but we can not guarantee a 100% sucess rate for all of our residents.

Behaviour problems can be seen in pets from all walks of life, not just those from rescue centres. Problems in dogs, cats and rabbits can occur for a variety of reasons. Each animal and case is different and causes can be very simple or complex.

Having problems with your pet’s behaviour?

Consult your local vet – As some problems may be caused by medical conditions or illnesses.


Seek expert help from qualified practitioners


Contact us –  Our staff are always happy to help when they can and they love to hear how Sanctuary animals are getting on in their new homes. We are restricted to only offer help to those who have previously adopted from us and to those registered to adopt an OAS resident.


Your pets problems could be caused by:

Lack of socialisation - From 3-14 weeks of age, puppies, kittens and rabbits need to be safely exposed to as many different and new experiences as possible to prepare them for later life. Animals that have not had this early socialisation may grow to be fearful of people, things and places and this can lead to many problems including aggression.

Boredom - pets that are bored through lack of mental stimulation may occupy themselves with destructive behaviour.

Excess energy - A lack of physical exercise can also lead to 'bad behaviour', as a dog must find other ways to get rid of pent up energy.

Owner behaviour - Owners can train their pets to behave 'badly' by accident, by giving them attention at the wrong time.

Unrealistic owner expectations - Because we tend to get very close to our pets, we sometimes forget that they are still animals and may treat them more like children. We may think that they have more 'intelligence' or 'awareness' than they really do and these unfair expectations can lead to disappointment.

Breed specific traits - Certain types of dog have been bred for hundreds of years for specific tasks, which might be incompatible with living in a typical family home.

Bad breeding practices - Unscrupulous breeders may have indiscriminately bred their animals purely for money, without considering temperament.

Inadequate or incorrect training - Without proper training, pets can be uncontrollable.