Borders Pet Rescue has standard rehoming processes for our animals which are, unashamedly, designed for the benefit of the animals – to ensure we find them an appropriate home for their needs. We know that adopting an animal is an exciting time, but we also know from experience that decisions made in haste can result in animals being returned to the centre (and often with additional problems). So we ask for your patience whilst we go through the various steps to improve the chances of making their lives “happy ever after”!
Please note: All animal viewings are by appointment only, thanks
Rehoming a dog:
- We will ask you to complete a rehoming questionnaire, so that we have enough information about you and your lifestyle to help you make the best rehoming decision.
- We ask you to make at least two separate visits to meet the dog you are interested in – preferably more. This is a very big decision you are about to make and we want you to be certain.
- It is important that the whole family agree before an animal is adopted, so we ask that all members of the household meet the dog before it is rehomed
- If you already have a dog, you can bring it with you on your first visit but please leave it in the car until the staff are ready to help you make the introductions.
- We ask that you give us permission to get a reference from your current or previous vet
- We will conduct a home check before finally agreeing the adoption to check that your home and situation are suitable for the particular dog. If you live some distance from us we may ask another rescue centre to conduct the home check on our behalf.
- Please remember that there could be several people interested in the dog you have come to see so you may not be successful, as we will aim to find the best home for each dog.
- After the home check has been successfully completed you can make arrangements to collect your dog within the next 7 days.
- If for any reason the dog is not already neutered, Borders Pet Rescue will pay for the neutering to be done at the earliest opportunity after the dog has settled into its new home (at the rate we currently pay at Galedin Veterinary).
Rehoming fees for dogs:
- Re-homing a dog (over 6 months old) – minimum £100.
The dog will be neutered (or we will pay for neutering after rehoming), fully vaccinated (or we will pay for any vaccinations needed at the time of re-homing), treated for worms and fleas, micro chipped and the new owner will receive a voucher to claim 4 weeks free pet insurance with PetPlan.
- Re-homing a puppy (6 months and under) – minimum £150.
The puppy will have had its first vaccination (The new owner will be responsible for the cost of getting their puppys second vaccination), worming and flea treatment, will be micro chipped (or if too small can be brought back later), have had a health check by a vet and the owner will receive a voucher to claim 4 weeks free pet insurance with PetPlan.
As we are a small facility with limited space, we currently only have space for 6 dogs
Rehoming a cat:
- First of all when you contact the centre a member of staff will go through the rehoming questionnaire form with you. This helps up to assess whether the cat in question is suitable for your lifestyle and home environment.
- It covers a range of questions, including what kind of house you live in, whether you have any children, if you have a garden and whether you live near a busy road.
- It also asks about the kind of cat you are looking for, whether you want a more mature cat or you would prefer a kitten. Would you consider a pair of cats and do you have any previous experience being a cat owner.
- At this point the staff member will also discuss rehoming costs with you (See below for more information about this)
- In order to proceed to the next step the staff must be satisfied that you are a suitable candidate to rehome a cat from our centre.
- The next stage involves making an appointment for you to come and meet the cat and spend a bit of time getting to know them. During this time you can discuss the cat with the staff member and get to know more about its day to day routine and its likes and dislikes.
- If you are happy that this is the cat for you, the staff member will gather together the cats vaccination cards and ask you to sign a Homing Conditions form.
- The staff member will then put the cat into a suitable carry box for you and let you take your cat home.
- We appreciate that some people prefer to find a suitable cat before readying their home for their new arrival, so in this instance, we allow cats to be reserved for up to 7 days after an appointment. Similarly, we can put a note of interest on a cat for 24hours if you would prefer to go home and have a think before coming to a final decision.
Rehoming fees for cats:
- Re-homing a cat (over 6 months old) – minimum £55.
The cat will be neutered, fully vaccinated (or we will pay for any vaccinations needed at the time of re-homing), treated for worms and fleas, microchipped and the new owner will receive a voucher to claim 4 weeks free pet insurance with PetPlan.
- Re-homing a kitten(6 months and under) – minimum £65.
The kitten will have had its first vaccination (the new owner will be responsible for the cost of getting their kittens second vaccination) , worming and flea treatment, will be microchipped (or if too small can be brought back later), have had a health check by a vet and the owner will receive a voucher to claim 4 weeks free pet insurance with PetPlan.
*Please note: We do not rehome cats as indoor only cats
Rehoming small animals:
- When you first call the centre, a member of staff will complete a rehoming questionnaire with you. Questions include What size of hutch do you have? and Do you have any other small animals?*
- If all is well, you will be invited to make an appointment to come to the centre and meet any suitable small animals. If you already have a rabbit, you must bring it to the centre so the two animals can be introduced to each other in a neutral territory.
- If the viewing goes well, a time and day will be arranged for you to collect your new addition.
- We appreciate that some people prefer to find suitable small animals before readying their home for their new arrivals, so in this instance, we allow small animals to be reserved for up to 7 days after an appointment. Similarly, we can put a note of interest on small animals for 24hours if you would prefer to go home and have a think before coming to a final decision.
- Upon collection, you will be given a helpful tips sheet and will be asked to sign our Homing Conditions form.
Rehoming fees for small animals:
- Re-homing a rabbit – £55.
The rabbit will be health checked by a vet including vaccination for myxomatosis and VHD (Viral Haemorrhagic Disease), be neutered and the owner will receive a voucher for 4 weeks free pet insurance with Petplan. The price will be £20 per rabbit if they were already neutered on arrival.
- Re-homing a guinea pig – £20.
This includes a full health check by a vet
* As a general rule, we do not rehome small animals if they will be a solitary pet. The best chance of a successful bond will usually be a neutered male and a neutered female. This is by no means a certainty and we will accept any combination to try for a bonding depending on neutering status. This session must last a minimum of 30minutes and the animals MUST be fully monitored throughout the process to avoid serious injury in cases of a poor match.