Adopting one of our animals

We are always pleased to welcome people who are thinking about adopting one of our animals and aim to provide you with the right information to make an informed decision.

Please Note: You have to be 18 years old or over to adopt one of our animals.

Visit us

We are open for viewings between 11:30am and 3:00pm every day except Wednesday when we are closed all day.

Our adoption fees do not cover the full cost of the treatment and care that your chosen animal will have received whilst at the Centre so we always welcome additional donations!

If you don’t find your perfect match with the pets at our Branch please visit the ‘Find a Pet’ section on the main RSPCA website. It will search all the Branches in your locality.Go to Find a Pet

Adopting a Cat

At any one time we have approximately 60 cats at the Rochdale Animal Centre. Our cats are housed in a state-of-the-art cattery and are socialised each day by our staff and volunteers. All our cats receive a thorough vet check, flu and enteritis vaccinations and microchip.

Please consider the following before taking on a new cat:

  • Do you have the time to look after your new pet?
  • Will it fit into your circumstances or will you have to adapt your lifestyle?
  • Where will your cat go when you go on holiday?
  • Can you afford routine vet bills, vaccinations and pet insurance?
  • Can you commit to caring for your cat long term? A cat can live for many years, in some cases 15 years and over

If you do not see a cat you like on your first visit please make a return journey. We re-home up to 30 cats every month so regular visits are advisable. Once you have found a cat you like, take a note of its name, reference number and pod number.

We will help you complete a questionnaire and give you more information about the cat you are interested in and assess its compatibility with your personal circumstances.

We will then organise a convenient time for one of our Home Visitors to visit you (this may take 1 to 10 days to arrange). Our Home Visitors like to see all the family and existing pets. If you have not heard from us within 3 days of your home visit please telephone us on (01706) 861897 to enquire. An appointment is then scheduled for you to complete the adoption.

If you live in rented accommodation then we require you to have written consent from your landlord/housing association that they are happy for you to have a cat at this address.

Adopting a kitten

We frequently have kittens available for re-homing but please note we do not home kittens to households with children of 5 years of age or under or to where the kitten will be left for longer than 4 hours per day.

Adoption fees for cats

All of our adult cats are vaccinated for flu and enteritis, neutered, speyed, wormed, de-flea’d and micro-chipped before they are adopted. In the case of kittens that are too young to be neutered/speyed you will recieve a voucher for the full cost.

All other Terms & Conditions are in the Adoption papers.

  • Cats: £55

Adopting a Small Animal

We have many small animals at the Centre ranging from rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, degus, and sometimes pet birds.

Please consider the following before taking on a new small animal:

  • Are you aware of the general needs of this small animal?
  • Do you have the time to look after your new pet?
  • Will it fit into your circumstances or will you have to adapt your lifestyle?
  • Where will your small animal go when you go on holiday?
  • Can you afford routine vet bills, neutering and any vaccinations that some need?
  • Small animals are best kept in pairs for companionship

A member of staff will show you round the small animals and rabbits area. Once you have found an animal you like, we will help you complete a questionnaire and give you more information about the small animal you are interested in and assess its compatibility with your personal circumstances.

We will then organise a convenient time for one of our Home Visitors to visit you (this may take 1 to 10 days to arrange). Our Home Visitors like to see all the family and existing pets. If you have not heard from us within 3 days of your home visit please telephone us on (01706) 861897 to find out if you have been successful. An appointment is then scheduled for you to complete the adoption.

If you live in rented accommodation then we require you to have written consent from your landlord/housing association that they are happy for you to have a small animal at this address.

Adoption fees for small animals

  • Rabbits (neutered, must live in pairs): £35 for 1, £60 for 2+
  • Ferrets (neutered and micro-chipped): £15
  • Hamsters/Rats/Mice: Donation £5+
  • Guinea Pigs (neutered): £15
  • Chinchillas £85

Disclaimer

There may be occasions when an animal appearing on the website has already been rehomed. We are unable to confirm by telephone, fax or e-mail if a particular animal is still available, but we do urge you to visit as we always have many animals waiting for new homes. We cannot accept responsibility for the temperament of any animal once it has been rehomed.