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No Appointment Necessary
We have no idea how the rumour started but there seems to be notion out there, that potential adopters have to make an appointment in order to start the adoption process, with us. This may be the case at other rescues but it certainly is not, nor never has been the case at the York Animals Home.
Update January 2017: We have looked into this now and have examined how we explain the adoption process, so that any future adopters are clear that no appointment is needed. We are sorry for those of you who came away thinking that was the case. Please accept our apologies. It is true that potential adopters cannot have a look around the dog blocks but as many dogs as you need to meet, will be brought to you. As for the cats and small animals once you have an idea of who you want to meet, you are guided to the appropriate animal unit by a member of staff, who will talk to you about the cat / small animal, given their experience of the animal. We would like to thank those of you that came forward to comment, as it has helped us clarify the situation and put in place a clearer process.
RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch Lottery
The latest lottery was drawn on 26th February 2017, at the RSPCA York Animal Home.
The winning numbers are:-
1st Prize - Number 040 - £70
2nd Prize - Number 005 - £30
3rd Prize - Number 128 - £20
4th Prize - Number 099 - £10
Please see our FAQs page for details on how to join this lottery. All proceeds are for the benefit of the animals at the RSPCA York Animal Home.
The Lottery is drawn on the last Sunday of every month.
City Centre Collection December 2016
A massive thank you to the 11 collectors who stood in the cold and wet on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December; between them they collected £643.91. (£376.08 on Wednesday and £367.83 on Thursday). Amazingly, 3 of the collectors did both days!
If you donated money on either of these days - thank you too.
Did you know this about the RSPCA Inspectorate?
As a charity the RSPCA National Society is massively under-resourced. They only have 400 inspectors (just one per 142,500 people) and they receive more than 14,000 calls each week - as you can imagine they are often overwhelmed.
As frustrating as it is, they can only act within the law at all times. They are only able to remove an animal with the say so of the police and a vet. Even if conditions are less than ideal there isn’t always a law being broken. So while you might expect that they will rush in and seize the animal(s), this often isn’t possible as it would be against the law as the RSPCA have no legal right to do so.
It may be that the inspectors are working hard behind the scenes with the owner. They often try to improve circumstances for the animal if at all possible, and this can take time.
Breed specific legislation campaign
The RSPCA has recently launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to launch an inquiry into Breed Specific Legislation a law that causes the suffering and destruction of hundreds of innocent dogs every year.
The campaign has received national media coverage. The RSPCA would like to reach 100,000 signatures to put pressure on the UK Government. If you would like to learn more or to add your signature to the campaign please click here.
Our Adoption fees changed with effect from 1st November 2015
Our adoption fees are reviewed every year and we try to keep them as low as possible but at the same time set the fee so that we are getting an appropriate contribution towards the cost of looking after your pet, whilst he or she has been in our care. Our adoption fees have not been changed since 2012. Sadly, we now feel the need to increase the fee with effect from 1st November 2015.
The maximum fee we will be asking for each animal will be:-
Puppies – £150.
Adult Dogs - £120.
Kittens - £90.
Adult Cats - £80.
Rabbits, Small Animals and Birds – Between £5 and £25.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR FEE?
On adoption your cat, dog or rabbit will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped, wormed and have up to date vaccinations. Cats and dogs received standard and regular flea treatments and rabbit’s, treatment for mites. Of course, you also get your new family member! If your dog, cat or rabbit leaves us unneutered because they are too young, then we issue a voucher to you to pay for the neutering when your new pet is old enough.
If you were to acquire your new pet from a source that does not provide the above then you can reasonably expect to pay the following:-
Microchipping – typically around £25.
Dog Castration – from £80 (more for larger dogs).
Bitch Spay – typically £150 to £300+ depending on the size of the dog.
Cat Castration - from around £40.
Cat Spay - £60 upwards.
Plus the cost of vaccinations, worming and flea treatments.
(All prices are an indication only and the actual prices will depend on the charges of your chosen veterinary practice, the species, breed and size of the animal).