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The Adoption Process

Before embarking on the adoption process, have you considered the impact a new animal introduced to your home will have on you and your family? Have you researched the cost of routine veterinary care and what will happen to your animal when you go on holiday? As most of our animals have come from the wrong homes for one reason or another, you will need to forgive us for being thorough in our adoption process; as we want to find our animals the home that will be theirs for the rest of their lives. This is the least they deserve. For more information on looking after a pet please click here.  To see a short video clip of cats click here.  To see a video clip of small animals click here. 

If you still want to proceed then please view the animals looking for a home, by selecting the animal type from our home page. When you see a pet that you hope will become a part of your family please visit the York Animal Home at any time (no appointment necessary) between 11 am and 3.00 pm Tuesday to Sunday or telephone to initially discuss the animals potential suitability for your home and family on 01904 654949. Please note that we are closed every Monday. When you want to meet your chosen animal - this can be arranged immediately, at The York Animal Home but all the people that live in your home will need to be at that meeting.

Alternatively, you can visit the York Animal Home during our opening hours (no appointment necessary) and talk to a member of our staff about the type of animal you are looking for. We have catalogues of the available animals for rehoming to browse through initially. After discussing your requirements and we can also advise you of some of our animals that best match the vision you have of your potential new family pet. You will need to fill in our adoption questionnaire and then you can meet as many animals as required, before you make a final choice. If you would prefer to bring a completed questionnaire with you, click on the link below to print one out:

Cat questionnaire   Dog questionnaire   Rabbit questionnaire   Small Animal questionnaire

Following your meeting with the animal and providing everyone, including everyone that lives in your home, are happy to proceed, you may then reserve your proposed new pet (shown on the animal pages as RESERVED). A home visit will then be arranged as soon as it is convenient for you and your local adoption co-ordinator. When your home visit and the necessary vet checks are successfully completed, we will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for you to collect your new family member.

What are the Adoption Fees?

Puppies – from £150.

Adult Dogs - from £150.

Kittens - from £90.

Adult Cats - from £90.

Rabbits, Small Animals and Birds – Between £5 and £25

What do I get for the adoption fee?

On adoption your animal will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped for cats, dogs and rabbits, have up to date vaccinations, de-fleaing and worming treatments come as standard. If you are adopting an unneutered puppy or kitten we issue you with a voucher to pay for neutering when the little one becomes old enough.