The re-homing process
Thank you for considering adopting an animal from Bath Cats and Dogs Home.
Many of our animals have come from deprived backgrounds, and our aim is to ensure that their next home is the best possible as well as being for life. We hope that you support this aim, taking care to find the right animal for you
Find animals that you are interested in. Most are online but as they are re-homed and come in every day, it is always worth visiting. Take a note of their name and ID number and ask about them at reception. Remember that some animals don’t behave in kennels as they normally would at home so don’t judge quickly.
Find out more about your chosen animal from our team - the rehoming team at reception will help you with their details, their carer can tell you more about their personality and everyday behaviour and, if it is a dog, each block has a dedicated behaviourist as well.
Take them for a walk (please read our dog walking guidelines, downloadable below) or give them a cuddle. Spend some time with them before making a decision.
If you are sure, then register your interest in the animal at reception. You will need to show ID to confirm your address and, if you live in rented accommodation, a letter from your landlord saying that you are allowed to have pets.
We will then meet to discuss your application with our animal care team - we want to make sure that the animal's needs are met and that you suit each other for life!
If we feel that the animal isn't a good match then please let us help you find a more suitable pet. We have many looking for loving homes.
We will call you to arrange a home visit. This is a chance to ask any questions about how to set up your home ready for your new arrival. For small animals we would need to see your cage, or a home visit may still be requested.
Once that has been cleared and the animal has passed their health check-up, an appointment will be made to pick up your animal. You will now need to pay the adoption donation (see below).
We are still here for you after adoption.
After three months with your new pet at home we will arrange another home visit. This is a chance to ask about any settling in issues you may be having. If you want to talk before that then please call. Our cattery and small animal team are happy to chat through any questions, and for dogs our behaviour team offer free 1:1 sessions for up to a year after adoption.
These include neutering, first vaccination, flea and worm treatments and microchipping. At an average vets this would cost you between £120 and £250 (neutering varies depending on the animal).
Pure breed minimum of £200
Adult dogs £120
Older dogs (over the age of 8) £80
Puppies (up to 8 months) £150
Pure breed minumum of £100
Cat or kitten £65
Kittens are re-homed from 9 weeks old, but must be brought in at 12 weeks old for neutering (included in the donation).
Rabbit £20 or £30 for a pair
Chinchilla £20 or £30 for a pair
Degu £20 or £30 for a pair
Ferret £20 or £30 for a pair
Guinea pig £20 or £30 for a pair
Rat please give a donation you feel is suitable
Chinese hamster please give a donation you feel is suitable
Russian hamster please give a donation you feel is suitable
Syrian hamster please give a donation you feel is suitable
Mouse please give a donation you feel is suitable
Did you know?
With a 7-day isolation period, plus the neutering operation plus recovery time, most animals spend at least one month with us.
In that time, we estimate this is how much they cost us to look after and treat...