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 recently revised our adoption process, and no animals will be viewed without a prior appointment.
You are welcome to complete an application form at our animal centre, however viewings of our animals can only take place when an appointment has been made. Please note you may need to wait for an available appointment, as often all our slots are taken up days in advance.
Dog Viewings will be done by appointment only
Cat viewings will be arranged once your application has been discussed with you by a member of our Animal Care team
Step 1 – Selecting an animal & submitting an application
If you’re looking to adopt a new furry family member, you can meet all of the cats, dogs and small animals we have available for rehoming here.
Once you have chosen an animal you wish to adopt from our website, you can submit an online adoption form and a senior staff member will then contact you by telephone and go through the received application form. We will review all of the information to ensure it is suitable and during the call you will be asked questions to cover any additional information we may require.
If you would like to speak with a member of our team about anything prior submitting a form, you can call 01422 365627 or email us, we’d love to hear from you!
Step 2 – Application success and reserving an animal
If your application is deemed suitable you will be asked to read through the rehoming a rescue animal, information on the RSPCA website. If you are adopting a cat, an appointment will be made for you to come down and meet your potential new pet to ensure compatibility, the cat will then be reserved to you pending final checks.
If you are applying to adopt one of our dogs and your application is deemed suitable then an appointment will be made for you to attend the Centre for a viewing, some of our dogs may need more than one visit so please bear this in mind if you are travelling a long distance.
If you currently own a dog, then a dog mix will be arranged at a later date. Rehoming to households with existing pets will be carefully considered as there will be limited opportunities to ensure compatibility
Step 3 – Home visit & adoption day
After both the branch and potential adopter have had an opportunity to review the information and are satisfied that that the adoption can go forward then a home visit will be arranged.
Due to the recent pandemic some home visits may be done in person where masks will be worn and hand sanitizer used, or they will be done virtually, this will be at the discretion of the on-duty manager.
Once home visits are complete and everyone is happy to move forward then you will be invited down to complete the adoption paperwork, this paperwork must be completed before your ne companion is taken home. We will finally ask for full payment of the adoption fee and our friendly team will assist you as your new furry family member sets of home with you.
Animal Centre Viewing Times:
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’re 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.
You can find our full adoption procedure below along with the adoption fee and what this includes by downloading the
Cats – £100
Kittens under 4 months – £120
Dogs – From £200
Pups under 4 months – From £250
Rabbit – £40
Guinea Pigs – £20
Please note, we reserve the right to adjust adoption fees in exceptional cicrumstances – which potential adopters will be made aware of.