Animal Adoption Process
You’ve probably already set your heart on one of our fantastic animals for adoption, but it’s important that you check the animal’s profile very carefully. This covers their suitability for living with children, whether the animal is happy to live with other animals plus other important lifestyle criteria.
Here’s the page you need. Adopt an Animal
You’re then welcome to complete the pre-adoption questionnaire, shown on each animals’ page. Once received, one of our team will contact you by phone or email, normally in 2-5 days. If relevant, we will arrange an appointment for you to meet the animal(s)*.
***Visits can only be arranged after an application has been submitted via the website***
We’re sorry but we cannot accept phone enquiries.
IMPORTANT: Forever Hounds Trust dogs are subject to a different Adoption Process so please visit https://foreverhoundstrust.org/ for more details
Visit & Place a Deposit
Once you have confirmed an appointment, you can visit us to meet the animal you’re interested in*. Our team may have others to show you too. At the end of your visit, if you would like to adopt, and our team think you are a good match, you can place a deposit and reserve the animal. The deposit is £20 and is non-refundable.
There is no hurry to place a deposit so please take your time to think about the long-term commitment you may be undertaking and feel free to ask as many questions as you like!
The remainder of the adoption fee is paid on adoption day. See adoption fees below.
Our home checks are now done digitally. You will be asked to upload photos and/or videos within your application form. In some circumstances, we will visit your home to carry out a home check, typically for dog adoptions.
If we advise you to make any changes, for example to the height of your fencing or larger enclosure for rabbits, adoption cannot take place until the work has been done.
Our animals are checked by our vets prior to adoption and you will receive a report or veterinary history, to take home with you on the adoption date.
All animals are neutered and vaccinated* (including Kennel cough for dogs). If you adopt an animal who is on regular medication at the time of adoption, we may be able to help cover the costs but only if consulted by our vet (based in Bicester). Kittens may be too young to be neutered and vaccinated at the time of adoption. Adopters must have this done by their own vet at their own cost.
If, for any reason, the animal fails the vet check, we ensure the animal receives the necessary veterinary care or treatment, before being adopted.
Vet checks are on Tuesdays so animals are normally available for collection on Wednesdays, unless they are due to be neutered or require any other veterinary procedure.
*for cats, they will have a 1st vaccination and you will need to arrange the 2nd vaccination with your own vet at your own cost.
New owners will complete our adoption form in which they agree to a range of terms and conditions and donate towards the costs of the animals’ care.
Adopters of dogs ands cats also have the option to activate 5 weeks free insurance from our partner, Agria pet Insurance https://www.agriapet.co.uk/
Adoption fees are as follows:
Rabbits: £80 (includes both vaccinations)
Additional costs for rabbit bonding may apply.
Cards accepted, not American Express
NOTE: fees for some animals may be higher. For example, if we need to include neutering or behaviour training.