Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch

Registered Charity 225575

Elderly Animal Rehoming Scheme

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch
EARS Scheme

WINNER OF THE MARINA ARNSBY AWARD presented to the branch for the most innovative re homing scheme

It is relatively common for healthy elderly dogs and cats (10 years+) to enter the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Animal Centre, often due to their owner’s ill health or death, but few prospective adopters want to take on such an animal, mainly because of the possible financial implications.

To allieviate these animal’s stress at suddenly becoming homeless and to facillitate rehoming, we have launched a Scheme to provide support and assistance to members of the public over 18 years of age wishing to home an elderly animal.

Adopters who do not wish to join the Scheme can still adopt one of our Elderly animals at 50% of the usual adoption fee.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Animal Centre will reduce the cost of adoption to only £5 for these dogs and cats but will still undertake to fully vaccinate, worm, deflea, microchip and neuter (unless advised by the vet) and provide behavioural advice.

The animal will be fully checked over by our vet to ensure it is in good health at the time of adoption and will also have been assessed for temperament.

Then for a monthly payment of £5.00 per month to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch, the adopter receives an ID card which qualifies the animal to benefit from the following at the RSPCA Halifax , Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch clinic.

A Booster vaccination and health check once a year

Routine worming tablets and flea treatment

Access to our Animal Centre vet during routine clinic times at £5.00 per consultation

All current and future medication will be offered at a discounted price

Prescription diets and senior food will be offered at a discounted price

Euthanasia at RSPCA Animal Centre

24 hour emergency phone incase the adopter has a personal emergency

Emergency cover if an owner is hospitalized i.e temporary 2 week foster care, dog walking and help with shopping for dog/cat food

Discount cremation service IF REQUIRED

Discount grooming from

Transport to our Clinic where necessary

Grants for emergency treatment/elective surgery dependant on the buoyancy of the Scheme

Many local vets are participating in the Scheme and will allow members a discount in the region of 15-20%. This applies only to elective surgery and the emergency treatment of accidents, sudden illness, injury, hospitalization and emergency euthanasia.

In the event of the Scheme member becoming ill or hospitalised, a 24 hour telephone number is available. Arrangements will be immediately made to collect the animal and place it into temporary foster care.

Should the adopter at any time become unable to look after the animal, we will then arrange for it to be returned to us and to be rehomed again via the Scheme.

Many older animals require regular treatments and medicines if you have an older animal and are not a member of the scheme you can obtain many low cost pet health medicines for conditions such as arthrits, stress and dental care products from our Vet Shop


Further details can be obtained from reception or alternatively please use the contact form to request a leaflet

National Cruelty Advice Line 0300 123 4999

National Enquiries Line 0300 123 4555