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RSPCA West Dorset Branch is a separate charity affiliated to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).  We cover the towns of Dorchester, Bridport, Weymouth, Portland, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Sherborne and Axminster (Devon) as well as all the surrounding villages and hamlets.  Our main priorities are the welfare and rehoming of local animals.  We raise our funds within the Branch boundaries and all money raised is spent within the area.  We are responsible for "Taylors Animal Rehoming Centre" at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester.
 

If you wish to report an Animal Emergency or have concerns regarding the welfare of an animal please telephone 0300 1234 999.  Please also call this number if you need to have an unowned or wild animal collected by an RSPCA Animal Collection Officer. 

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US REGARDING EMERGENCIES OR CRUELTY AS THIS IS NOT THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY OF DEALING WITH SUCH MATTERS.  CALL 0300 1234 999 AND REPORT THE MATTER TO THE RSPCA NATIONAL CALL CENTRE.  THANK YOU.

 
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How to Adopt an Animal

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The Adoption Process

The Animal Welfare Act, Duty of Care for Cats and Small Animals

Minimum Hutch/Cage Sizes


The Adoption Process

1. Visit the animals at Taylor's Animal Rehoming Centre, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester (in the grounds of Kingston Maurward College)  Click here for location details.

2. Select an animal

3.  You will be interviewed to see if the animal you would like to adopt is suitable for your circumstances

4. You will them complete a pre-homecheck form, and the animal will be reserved pending a homecheck

5. An RSPCA homechecker will visit you in your home.  If you live in rented accommodation we will need a letter of consent from you landlord.

6. If the homecheck is OK, you will be contacted to arrange collection of the animal

7. You may then collect the animal from the Centre or fosterer.  You will pay the adoption fee (see below) and receive paperwork and details of the animal

8. After twelve weeks an RSPCA Homechecker will carry out a post home-check

Our Current adoption fees (from 1 January 2016) are:-

Cats 65

Kittens 65

Ferrets (un neutered) 15

Ferrets (neutered) 25

Rabbits (neutered) 40

Rabbits (un neutered) 10

Guinea pigs (neutered) 25

Guinea pigs (un neutered) 15

Chinchillas 20

Rats 5

Hamsters 5

Gerbils & jJrds 5

Mice 5

Captive birds 5

(*All cats are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, flea treated and wormed)

(**Ferrets are rehomed as pets, most definitely NOT for rabbiting!!  Hob ferrets are castrated.)

(***All birds are rehomed to aviaries only)

The cat / kitten adoption fee includes one year's free membership of the "Friends of Taylor's Animal Rehoming Centre"

Please note that we do not rehome normal healthy cats to 'indoor' homes but do sometimes have special cats who need indoor homes.


The Animal Welfare Act

As well as increasing the penalties for those who inflict the most serious offences, the Animal Welfare Act makes it a legal requirement for pet owners to do what is reasonable to provide for their animal's needs. These are:

a proper diet (food and water)
somewhere suitable to live
any need to be housed with or apart from other animals
allowing them to express normal behaviour
protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease


Hutch / Cage Sizes

The below is a general guide as to the hutch and cage sizes we require.

 


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