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Once you have decided to adopt a dog or cat (or puppy or kitten) and have seen one you like either on this web site or at the kennel or cattery then please contact our re-homing coordinator via our helpdesk to request a home visit from one of our home visitors. The home visit is designed to give you the chance to ask questions and for the home visitor to discuss the arrangements you have made for looking after your new animal. Please try to arrange for all members of your household to be present during this home visit.
We will try to arrange the home visit within 2-3 days but, unfortunately, this not always possible. Please note that the 3 Branches who kennel dogs (Altrincham, Stockport and Tameside Branches) are run entirely by volunteers who generally work full time. At busy periods, especially during the holiday season, there could be a short delay.
Following the home visit you will be contacted by the Branch re-homing coordinator. If the home visit has been successful you will be asked to contact the kennels or cattery directly to arrange a time to collect the animal. if the animal is with foster carers you will be given instructions on how to arrange to collect or receive the animal. Please note that due to the urgent need for kennel or cattery space we would need you to be able to collect the animal quickly (certainly within a couple of days) after being notified that the animal is ready for collection.
The kennels or cattery will be able to give you the following information:
Please note that you will need a collar with identity tag and a lead for a dog, and a pet basket for puppies, kittens and cats when you collect the animal from the kennels, cattery or foster carer. Please also consider if you will need a guard or cage for your car.
To try and recoup the costs of worming, neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping and kennel or cattery costs there is an adoption fee of £100 for dogs/puppies, £60 for cats and £70 for kittens. The fee for pedigree animals may exceed this sum (to be confirmed by the re-homing coordinator). The adoption fee is payable to the RSPCA Branch when you collect the animal.
It is our policy to try and ensure that all our dogs and cats are wormed, flead, neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped before leaving our care (dependent on age). The costs of these are included in the adoption fee which you pay for the animal.
If the animal has not finished its vaccination programme by the time it is re-homed, the kennels or cattery will make arrangements for you to return for a follow-up vaccination to complete the programme. You may also have the vaccination done at your local vets, but it would than have be at your own expense. Remember that dogs and cats need to have booster vaccinations annually and that you must pay for this.
If the animal requires micro-chipping please contact the re-homing coordinator to make arrangements for this to be done by the Branch's vets or else you have have it done at your local vets at your own expense.
If the animal has not been neutered please contact the re-homing coordinator when the animal approaches 6-months of age so that they can make arrangements for neutering to take place at the Branch's vets at no extra charge to yourself as the costs have been included in the adoption fee. Unfortunately the Branch cannot pay for the animal to be neutered, vaccinated or micro-chipped at your own vets.
When you adopt a dog or cat you will be asked to sign an adoption form which contains the following conditions: