How to Adopt

Follow these simple steps to get started…

Meet our animals
Come and visit our centre to meet the dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and other animals in our care. Each animal has it’s own sad story - the reason it came to be at Southridge - and these, together with other relevant details are shown on information sheets displayed alongside each pen or kennel. The sheets also give brief details about any special needs the animal may have, or rehoming requirements we might insist upon. Make a note of the names of any pets you're interested in and our reception staff will be able to give you the full details and particulars on each of them.

Note: Some of our dogs have been stuck in kennels for so long. They’d all love the chance to find a new home, but sometimes get frustrated when families pass them by. Do take this into account when looking at our pets. Bad kennel behaviour is often nothing more than a desperate desire to show you what wonderful companions they can be.

Make sure your are both compatible with each other
Complete a rehoming application form giving as many detailed answers as possible. We’ll also need to see some proof of identification showing your name and current address. A utility bill is ideal. If your requirements match the pet’s needs, you'll be invited to meet him or her outside their kennels. Occasionally staff may require a pre-visit before an animal is chosen. The staff reserve the right to make this decision.

Reserve your pet
After spending time with your intended pet and once you are sure that he or she is the “one” (or maybe two) please ask our reception staff to place a ‘reserve’ on him or her. Before a reserve can be put on an animal, certain criteria must be met:
  1. If the chosen animal is a dog then any other dogs in the household must come to Southridge and meet him before reserve can be put on.
  2. All members of the household must come and visit the animal within the initial 24 hours after the animal has been reserved. The reserve will be removed if this does not happen.
Once these criteria have been met, rest assured the reserve will remain in place until we have had a chance to complete a home visit. Please note however that staff reserve the right to refuse any application

Our visit to your home
It's our policy to visit the prospective new homes of all dogs, rabbits, cats and miscellaneous animals before an adoption can go ahead. Visits are carried out our team of friendly volunteers and we always attempt to arrange the visit as quickly as possible - normally the same week you reserve your pet. Once the visit has been completed we expect you to collect the animal as soon as he or she is ready to leave the centre. This could depend on any veterinary treatment being received at the time.

Formalising the adoption
There are a number of important pieces of paperwork forms you’ll need to complete to formalise the adoption, so you’ll need to allow around 45 minutes during your adoption visit to the centre. At that time we’ll also bring you up to speed on your pet’s vaccinations, worming, flea treatment programme. We’ll also provide you with an Adoption Folder containing adoption papers, microchip forms, insurance details together with specific information on feeding and settling your pet into your home.

There will also be ample time to you to ask us any questions you might have.

Our follow up phone call
Around 2 weeks after the adoption, we’ll phone you to find out things are going and to see how you are getting on with your new dog. This is an excellent opportunity to raise any queries if you are having any, but please don’t wait until then if you are having difficulties. We have many, many years of rehoming experience at Southridge and we will do our best to offer tried and tested help and advice.

A follow-up visit
In the weeks following your pet adoption most families will receive a home visit. This is to ensure that they are happy with they new pet and that the pet is happy and well settled in his or her new home. During the visit we will ask to see proof of vaccination, well-being and neutering.