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RSPCA Stourbridge & District Adoption Policy

Please read this page fully before applying for an animal then click on the images to the right to view the animals we have.

The branch covers the following areas:

  • Stourbridge
  • Hagley
  • Kinver
  • Wollaston
  • Norton
  • Stourton
  • Kingswinford
  • Wordsley
  • We aim to home animals within these areas or nearby locations.

Adoption contact details:

Tel: 01384 376664 (Please only call this number to offer a home, thank you!)
Email: Please use the form on our Contact Page

WE DO NOT HAVE AN ANIMAL CENTRE YOU CAN VISIT. All of the animals in our care are housed in foster homes until they are rehomed. In view of this, if you would like to adopt a particular animal, we will do a home visit prior to you viewing the animal in the foster home. This is to safeguard our volunteers and limit the amount of stress to the animals. If you feel any of the animals here are what you are looking for, contact us to discuss your needs, and we can access your compatibility.


General Adoption Polices - Making the right choice!

We make no excuse for the fact that we are quite thorough in our rehoming processes and we will turn a home down if we do not feel it is right for the animal concerned. We will therefore only rehome into situations that we feel completely comfortable with for a particular animal.

Where we foster in our own homes, as you can imagine, we become very attached to the animals in our care and it becomes apparent that their future happiness and safety is completely in our hands. It’s a big responsibility and one that we take very seriously!

When we advertise for a new home we do take into account the opinion of the foster carer as they know the animal concerned better than anyone and are best placed to know what type of environment the animal will be happiest in – the ideal home will generally be documented in the animals write up. 

Our general policy is that we would not rehome animals with children under the age of 5 years. We may make the odd exception to this rule if we have background information on the animal wishing to be adopted and we know that it has come from a household with young children. Also we do appreciate some children will have grown up with animals and have a better understanding of them and how they need to be treated, so if we know the animal to be ‘child friendly’ on occasion we may make exceptions, but in general we will turn a home down with children under 5. 

Remember – all animals require a great deal of commitment. Please think carefully about your lifestyle and long term plans before you consider adding any kind of animal to your household. Will you have enough time to cater for its individual needs? Can you provide appropriate care for the animal when you are planning your holidays? Can you afford the cost of routine veterinary care and the occasional emergency? These are just a few of the things we advise you to consider before going ahead with any adoption.

Once you have chosen a suitable animal, we will then arrange for one of our experienced volunteers to visit you at home to check that you have the necessary facilities in place to care for the animal safely and appropriately and to give you the opportunity to ask any other questions you may have thought of.

We do make a charge for all our animals, so please do ask us to advise you of the cost of the animal you are interested in, when we visit. Our adoption charges include the cost of neutering, vaccinating, and microchipping your animal in addition to routine treatments such as worming, and parasite prevention.

Some experience or research on the animal you would like to adopt is necessary. 

Kittens

We are well aware that a lovely picture of a kitten will make people want to offer it a home; however you need to think long and hard about the long term commitment of a kitten and whether it really is the right addition to your household. 

Kittens, although very cute are fragile, and vulnerable to lots of dangers around the home, whilst they provide endless entertainment they also need a lot of attention and love and can be quite naughty at times…which is part of their charm and a natural part of their development. If you are extremely house proud however you may be best to consider an adult cat!

Kittens in some respects are like toddlers, they need a lot of love and attention when they are little to ensure they develop into well socialised adults. It is a very vulnerable time and they generally need to have another cat around them for companionship and to play with….therefore we do like to home young kittens in pairs where possible, however we will rehome single kittens to homes where there is someone around to provide the necessary companionship. 3 hours is the maximum amount of time a young kitten should be left alone, so we do not rehome single kittens to full time workers where no-one is at home for long periods during the day. If you are a full time worker you need to adopt two kittens or a cat above neutering age.

Our minimum age for rehoming kittens is at 9 weeks old once they have started their course of vaccinations, we recommend not placing young kittens with mature cats over 10 years as they don't usually take to kittens very well and it can upset the older cat.

If you are planning to integrate a kitten into an existing cat household we can offer advice, however this is something that will take time and you need to be around enough to facilitate those introductions slowly.

Remember that kittens will need to be kept indoors until they are 6 months old and have been neutered/spayed, so you need to provide a good scratch centre and lots of toys to keep them occupied until they are able to venture out.

We do not rehome kittens as indoor cats nor would we rehome them if you live on or near a main road. We also do not rehome kittens outside of our normal rehoming area as they need to come back to our vets in Stourbridge for their 2nd vaccinations and to be neutered. This is all included in the Adoption Fee and therefore we do not rehome kittens outside of the local Stourbridge area.

Cats

With a kitten you really have no idea on what ‘type’ of cat they will grow into….adult cats will have already developed their personalities so you will have a better idea of the type of cat that will be sharing your home. Some like to be very fussy, others more independent…If you specifically want a lapcat then it is best to adopt an adult cat that you already know likes to sit on laps!. Decide on the type of cat that fits best with your home environment and lifestyle and try to select on personality rather than just looks and colour.

With adult cats we can be a little more flexible in our rehoming criteria. Provided we can facilitate someone to carry out the homecheck we can rehome outside of the immediate Stourbridge area (although still within the West Midlands) as adult cats will have received all the necessary vets treatment before being put up for adoption.

There are also fewer restrictions around working hours as an adult cat will generally be able to amuse themselves (or sleep!) during the working day.

Please be aware that any cat will need to be kept in for the first 4 weeks whilst it adapts to its new surroundings and learns that it's new environment is now ‘home’. Please give consideration to where you would locate a litter tray in your house, and also what areas of the house you would be able to allow the cat access to whilst you are out…so that the front door is not immediately accessible when you come home. Also if you have an existing cat flap…please ensure this is boarded up temporarily when you bring your new arrival home. Learn more about looking after cats from the RSPCA.

Dogs

For adoption of dogs we ask that the potential adopters are fit and healthy enough to exercise the dog appropriately. We do not rehome young puppies to full time workers where no-one is at home during the day. We will only rehome to a household with children under 5 if the children already live with a dog and can demonstrate that they behave in a reasonable manner towards the dog. We try to match each dogs needs with the adopter, so not every case will be the same. Learn more about looking after a pet dog from the RSPCA.

Rabbits

We like to adopt rabbits as pairs or to be part of a pair, unless they have an aggressive temperament towards other rabbits, or have come into us as a single rabbit and are quite happy with their own company. For a pair of rabbits we ask that you have a minimum hutch size of 6ft long or a 2 tier 5ft hutch, with a secure run or garden for exercise. Learn more about Rabbits from the RSPCA.

Guinea Pigs

As with rabbits, we like to adopt Guinea Pigs in pairs or to be part of a pair. For a pair of Guinea Pigs we ask that you have a minimum hutch size of 6ft long x 2ft wide x 2ft high. Learn more about Guinea Pigs from the RSPCA.

PLEASE NOTE: We always hate to turn down an offer of a home, however if we do, please bear in mind that we have done it with the best interest of the animal in mind. We have often nursed the animals in our care back to health or have seen them traumatised by being discarded and had to work hard to regain their trust. We could not bear to put the animal into a home which we didn’t feel was right for it long term, and rightly or wrongly we would rather upset the person than the animal. We hope you will understand.

Adoption Fee

We require a donation for all our animals. The fee contributes towards the neutering costs, vaccination, microchipping, veterinary fee's, food, bedding and litter etc.

It works out much more cost effective to adopt an animal than to privately buy one. If you look at the list of things you get done to the animal before you adopt it, you will see you aren't really paying for the animal, merely part of the veterinary fee's.

Fee's are as follows;

Cats £45 - which includes neutering/speying, triple vaccination against cat flu, enteritis and leukaemia and a microchip.  All cats will have been wormed and flea treated also. This is worth approx £155 at a standard vet.

Kittens £50 - which includes  triple vaccination against cat flu, enteritis and leukaemia. All kittens will have been wormed and flea treated. This fee also includes a free neutering and microchipping voucher for when the kitten reaches the correct age. This must be used at our vets, Powis and Partners and is one of the conditions of adopting a kitten from us.

Dogs - Donation fees for dogs can vary greatly dependant on the type of dog, its age and the vet's treatment it has received whilst in our care. All our dogs will be rehomed having been neutered/spayed, micro chipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated if. At a standard vets this would cost from £125-185. We will ask you for a donation towards the cost dependant on what the dog needed when he/she came into our care. Please ask about the specific donation for the dog you are interested in at the time of enquiry.

Rabbits £15 - which includes neutering (if appropriate) and a myxomatosis vaccination. This would cost approx £55 at a standard vets.

Guinea Pigs £10 - which includes neutering when appropriate.

Neutering

The RSPCA rehomes thousands of unwanted dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, rabbits and guinea pigs every year. Neutering is a good way to help solve this problem. Detailed information on neutering animals is available here.