Adopting from the Ark
Our process helps us to find a suitable, perminant home for all of our rescue animals.
Register at The Ark
First things first, you will need to browse our animals for adoption. Once you have found an animal that you are interested in, the next step is to fill out a perfect match form. You can find one of these forms by typing 'perfect match RSPCA' into google. Please make sure you write down the animal's name and species on the form. You will only be contacted if you are suitable for that animal. The staff will talk about the animal and any behavioural problems/health concerns over the phone before you come in to meet with them.
Meet with the Animal
If you have been contacted and are suitable we will invite you in to meet with the animal. If you are meeting a dog, you will be asked to meet at least 3 times depending on the dogs individual needs. You will be asked to bring in some form of ID with your name and address on. If you are in a rented accommodation you will need to bring in a letter of permission from your landlord. When you arrive we ask that you knock on the reception door. Please bring a mask with you to wear in reception. You will also be asked to gel your hands when you come in. A member of staff will then be called and they will take you to meet with the animal.
Every animal will require a home check. This process will be explained to you over the phone. You will be unable to adopt an animal until you have been cleared. Once you have been cleared and all meets (dogs/cats) have been done, you will then be able to book in a date for the adoption, this can be done at reception.
Hooray, the time has come to take home your new friend. If you haven't already you will need to buy walking equipment (for dogs) carriers (for small animals/cats) bring it with you on the day, we do sell a small selection of items in our shop. You will be asked to read and sign the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee. We are still here for you after adoption and should you need any advice, we are always here to help.
Adopting a small animal
If you are interested in adopting a small animal/bird from us please fill in the form and email to email@example.com
The service we provide
On admittance each animal is given a health check, wormed and given an initial protective inoculation, unless we have documentary evidence of previous inoculation. Any identified health problems identified are referred to our on-site consultant Veterinary Surgeons. Please note that with puppies and young dogs certain problems, such as hip dysplasia, may not be apparent at the time and without knowledge of the parentage we cannot detect genetic problems.
Any animal which has received treatment in our care is cleared by the veterinary surgeon before it is made available for adoption. Staff will discuss any treatment or medical condition with prospective adopters. All cats and dogs are given a health check by authorised staff within 48 hours of adoption and you will be given a copy of this together with records of any other veterinary treatments received previously.
In cases where an animal is known to possess a specific condition, but still deemed rehomable by our vets, the condition and its prognosis are notified to the adopter, who will assume responsibility for the condition and the cost of future treatment.
We aim to identify all health problems, but are unable to guarantee an animal’s health. Nor are we able to accept responsibility for any health problem which develops after the animal has left the shelter. Adopters are responsible for their pets future healthcare, and adopters agree to this as part of the adoption procedure. Sadly, we do not have the funds to help beyond the point of adoption. We strongly advise you to arrange permanent pet insurance cover against the cost of veterinary treatment.
All cats, dogs and some small animals are neutered. If they're too young, or haven't yet had a chance to be neutered you'll receive a voucher towards the cost.
We review the behaviour of all animals during their stay here and ensure that they're suitable for rehoming, however we are not able to guarantee how an animal may behave once in your domestic environment, which is very different from the kennel situation they live in whilst they are with us.
- We will advise from our experience of the animal.
- We will offer telephone advice and support after adoption, if required.
- We will visit after adoption to ensure all is well.
Commonly asked questions
Are any of the animals for adoption dangerous?
No. We assess every animal before making it available for adoption and in cases where the animal is demonstrably dangerous we will not make it available for adoption.
Do you pass animals on to other shelters?
Not normally, but there are times that a specialist shelter can provide more suitable care for rare and exotic animals. We also occasionally move some animals between shelters when we're struggling to rehome them, and feel that they might have more luck in another location (normally due to breed saturation).
When do you put animals down?
Only when it's in the animals best interest. We'll never put a healthy, safe and happy animal to sleep.