How to adopt

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to adopt an animal from us. However we always consider the needs of each individual animal and we will take a lot of care to help you find the right dog or cat for you, your home and your lifestyle. 

The process will always begin with a visit to our centre to complete an enquiry form and to discuss with our staff what type of dog or cat may be suitable. Our team will ask you about your home environment, work situation, children, other pets, garden and so on. This helps us to build a good picture of the right type of breed, age, temperament and needs of a pet that is right for you. We would ask you to fully engage with this process in an open and transparent manner, to avoid the likelihood of an adoption failing, which is upsetting for the adopter and traumatic for the animal returning to our care.

The next stage is to introduce a dog or cat to you in the presence of Teckels staff. We will give you an honest assessment of the chosen dog or cat. This is based on the ongoing evaluations we have made since the animal has been in our care and we always make sure we give you as much information as possible. Sometimes you may need a few visits to fully assess your compatibility, and all members of the family who will be living with the animal (including any resident dogs) should have an introduction before the adoption takes place.

If everything goes well during this stage and you are happy to proceed, we will then conduct a home visit (for dog adoptions) with the proposed dog before you then complete the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee (currently £160 for a dog and £80 for a cat). This fee is only a contribution to the cost of caring for an animal in rescue until they are adopted, and we would ask all adopters to consider becoming a regular donor via Charity Checkout, as a way of continuing your support.

And then…congratulations, your dog or cat can go to their new furever home with you!

After adoption

Please keep in touch…

We love to hear how ex-Teckels cats and dogs are enjoying their new homes. Why not send us a Happy Tail to feature on our web site?

Post-Adoption Support

We do understand that sometimes it can be a real challenge helping an animal overcome a difficult past and settle into a new home. In some cases this process takes a significant amount of time. We will always be honest with you about what we know of an animal’s past and how they are likely to react after adoption, but we often don’t know their full story. This is why we will happily offer a period of continued support and advice to any of our adopters after they have taken their new pet home.


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