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This process is as follows:

1) Complete the on-line enquiry form i.e. click on ‘ENQUIRE ABOUT ME’ displayed underneath the photo of the dog or cat you are interested in.

2) Once your enquiry has been processed, you will receive an e-mail or phone call from the re-homing team to give you some more information about the animal you are interested in.

3) Staff will discuss the animal’s temperament and any special requirements the animal needs.

4) If you are in rented accommodation we will require written permission from your landlord/housing association.

5) You will be asked to provide a video showing your home & garden e.g. height of fencing, cat flap etc. We will talk you through what is required.

6) Once approved, further instruction will be provided.

7) All paperwork will be sent to you electronically for completion.

8) If applicable, an appointment will be made for you and any family members to visit the Sanctuary to meet the dog or cat.

9) You will receive on-going support from the Sanctuary

10) We will be available to provide additional advice and support by telephone.

Points to consider

 That you have enough time to spend with your dog or cat

A dog should not be left on its own for longer than 5 hours and must be able to go to the toilet and exercise. A cat needs access to the outside and to have quality time spent with it every day.

The amount of exercise your dog will need

Most dogs will require regular, twice daily exercise,  Please do your breed research to get an idea of the levels of both physical and mental stimulation different breeds may need.

Grooming requirements

Breed and coat type will affect the amount your dog or cat moults. This will determine the amount of grooming (and vacuuming) required.  Some breeds will require regular visits to a professional groomer.

The costs involved

Food; veterinary bills; vaccinations; worming; flea treatments; neutering and unexpected veterinary bills for illness or injury. Pet insurance is always recommended. All cats and dogs from us come with 4 weeks free insurance with PetPlan to get you started.

Making arrangements for while you are away 

 Boarding kennels/cattery; pet sitter.

House training

Even an adult dog or cat when settling into a new home may have accidents. Be prepared for some re-training and cleaning if necessary.

Chewing and destructive behaviour

This can be a result of boredom, stress or habit. Some re-training/behavioural work may be required.

That you are happy to deal and cope with any problems that may arise

It is likely that you will have some problems with a rescued dog or cat which will require calm, gentle handling, a lot of patience and consistency.  You may need to consider the help of a training or behaviour professional in some cases.