Registered Charity 225575

Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch

Information about Adopting an Animal

 

The Re-homing Process

Thank you for considering adopting an animal from the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch.

Many of our animals have come from deprived backgrounds, and our aim is to ensure that their next home is the best possible as well as being for life. We hope that you support this aim, taking care to find the right animal for you. Before you look for a new pet, remember that pet ownership takes time, money, commitment, patience and it is likely to change your life completely.

We have revised our adoption procedures in line with current social distancing guidelines and at this time it will not be possible to visit our animal centre without making an appointment

All potential new adopters must have access to the internet to allow the adoption process to be completed.

Dog Viewings will be done by appointment only

However during Lockdown Dog viewings have been postponed but we will still accept applications for the dogs that we have available.

Unfortunately we are unable to do cat viewings due to social distancing so this will all be done virtually

Step 1

Selecting an animal

Once you have chosen an animal you wish to adopt from our website ring 01422 365628, or email enquiries@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk to enquire about reserving the animal on our website. We will ask you to fill in an application form (these are available to download at the bottom of this page) and will match your home and wishes to the animals we have available for adoption.

Step 2

Reviewing your application

A senior staff member will then contact you by telephone and go through the received application form to ensure the basic criteria is met, during the call you will be asked questions to cover any additional information we require. You will also be asked specific questions to complete the Covid – 19 adoption questionnaire.

 Step 3

  • You will be asked to read through the ‘rehoming a rescue animal’ information on the RSPCA website.
  • If you are adopting a cat the Branch will then provide you with video footage of the animal you have chosen to adopt, showing their behaviour with and without human interaction in order to provide you with as much information as possible.
  • If you are adopting a dog an appointment will be made for you to attend the centre for a viewing.(During Lockdown this will be postponed)
  • If the adopter has other animals in their home, then they will be asked to provide a short video of their existing animals in the home environment. Rehoming to households with existing animals will be carefully considered as there will be limited opportunities to ensure compatibility
  • After both the Branch and potential adopter have had an opportunity to review the information and are satisfied that the adoption can go forward then a virtual home visit can be arranged.
  • You will be asked to provide photos of your home or any enclosure that they have. A short walk through video will also be asked for.
  • If approved the adoption form and any other relevant paperwork will be emailed and we would ask that potential adopters print the paperwork off (if a printer is unavailable, we will post it out). You will be asked to read through all paperwork carefully before signing and sending it back to us by scanning or photographing the signed pages and emailing or posting it back. This must be completed before the animal is taken to its new home.
  • A date and time will then be arranged for you to collect your animal. we will ask for payment of the adoption fee either over the phone by card or you may pay on collection prior to  you receiving the animal.

Step 4

 HANDOVER OF ANIMALS

  • All animals being adopted will need to be collected by the adopter at the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch

 

Viewing Times: We Are Closed for Viewing 

 

Monday:  

11am – 3.30pm

Tuesday:  

11am – 3.30pm

Wednesday:  

11am – 3.30pm

Thursday:  

Closed

Friday:  

11am – 3.30pm

Saturday:  

11am – 3.30pm

Sunday:  

11am - 3pm

 

We are still here for you after adoption.

  • After the adoption has taken place the we will call to ensure there are no issues or concerns on a regular basis.

Once restrictions are lifted the Branch will carry out a post adoption home visit usually this is after three months with your new pet at home. This is a chance to ask about any settling in issues you may be having. If you want to talk before that then please call. Our staff are always happy to chat through any questions, and for dogs our training and behaviour advisor is also on hand to assist.

Please look at the Elderly Animal Scheme (EARS) if you are interested in adopting an animal 10 years and over.

Dog Application Form Dog Adoption Procedure
Cat Application Form Cat Adoption Procedure
Rabbit Application Form Cost of Adoption
Small Animal/
Miscellaneous Application
 

National Cruelty Advice Line 0300 123 4999

National Enquiries Line 0300 123 4555