Some good advice on pet adoption and what adoption truly means

Here are some of the details on adoption from the Lancaster animal refuge. It goes through some of the important tidbits to consider when making the decision to adopt. It’s a good reminder.

WHY DO WE ONLY REHOME IN THE LANCASTER,MORECAMBE,HEYSHAM & SURROUNDING AREA?

1. All animals are available for immediate adoption apart from the Dogs. If you see a dog you would like to give a new home to, we want you to bond with the dog by visiting it three times, we then undertake a pre-check on your home to ensure it is the right home for the right dog, then you take it home over night to see how it fits into your lifestyle before finally adopting it. This all involves visiting the sanctuary at least four times within as shorter period as possible, so if you live further afield this could be hard and we have had people start visiting then give up, which is unfair on the dog.

2. As we only have four staff and a couple of volunteers who are able to do the checks it isnt financially viable to travel any further distance. Please remember we are a charity and have limited resources.

3. If any vet treatments, vaccinations or neuterings have not been done before a dog or cat goes home we issue a voucher for them to be undertaken ASAP. They have to be done by our vets who are based in Lancaster & Morecambe so it is unfair to make animals travel miles to and from vets when they have had treatment such as neutering.

4. There are rescue centres in other areas with animals desperate for homes so it is not ethical to encroach on their areas.

5. We hope to start checks for all our animals so we need to have these policies in place.

If you live in rented accomodation we do need a letter of permission off your landlord to say he/she is happy for you to have an animal on their property.

WHY ARE YOU BOTHERED ABOUT A LANDLORDS LETTER?

If we rehome any animal to a property where the landlord hasnt authorised it we may and do end up with animals being returned to us when the landlord finds out and that is very unfair on the animal and unsettles them greatly.

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN ADOPTING AN ANIMAL FROM THE REFUGE?

Whilst we cannot make a charge for an animal, we are allowed to recover our costs in the form of non-refundable donations from the public when an animal is taken for re-homing. The donations below help us to partially recover these costs and the ongoing costs of feeding the animals during their stay with us plus towards our vet bill (last year this was £24,000!). Any extra donations on top of the costs below would be gratefully appreciated.

Adult Cats
Full Vaccination, Neutering, Microchip
£50.00

Kittens
Full Vaccination, Neutering Voucher, Microchip, Next Worming Course
£50.00

Dogs (over 6 months)
Full Vaccination, Neutering, Microchip
£85.00

Puppies (under 6 months)
Full Vaccination, Neutering Voucher, Microchipped, Collar & Lead
£100.00

Rabbits (Vaccinated against VHD)
£15.00

Guinea Pigs & Ferrets
£10.00

Hamsters, Mice, Rats, etc.
£5.00

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