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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 ours 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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Small Animals and Birds for Rehoming

Cats and kittens

Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Dogs

Other small animals & birds

Below you will find photos, names and details of the assorted small animals we currently have in need of homes.  For full details of the adoption process, please click here.

Thinking of rehoming a small animal?  Click here for general RSPCA guidelines on animal care

ANIMALS LAST UPDATED....  Sunday 16th July 2017

CENTRE VIEWING TIMES:-

OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 11.30 - 4.00

EXCEPT TUESDAY - CLOSED ALL DAY

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED JEWELLERY, FOREIGN CURRENCY, CD'S, DVD'S, MOBILE PHONES, SAT NAV, MP 3 PLAYERS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, HANDHELD GAMES CONSOLES OR EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES?

IF SO THEN WE CAN RECYCLE THEM & RAISE MONEY FOR OUR CENTRE

ANY DONATIONS CAN BE DROPPED INTO THE CENTRE WHEN EVER YOU ARE PASSING

THANK YOU

Hi I am Chantell and I am the Animal Care Assistant who looks after the small animals & birds at our Centre at Kingston Maurward.  These are the animals in my care this week.  If you are interested in any of the animals please ring 01305 259672 or visit the Centre at the times above.

                                           

 

SMALL ANIMALS IN NEED OF HOMES

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CRACKLE Agouti male Degu and NELLIE Agouti female degu.  Will need a large cage with lots to do and a wheel each.  Great fun to watch, not keen on being handled.
REGINA Ginger and white Syrian hamster. Approx. 10 months old. Will need a large cage as she loves to explore and climb all types of things. Great fun to watch and will need experienced handling.
   

 

BIRDS IN NEED OF HOMES

 

 

 

**We have a number of cockerels at the moment who are in need of a good home, if you are interested in rehoming some then please come and visit or call. There is no adoption fee applicable for cockerels.**

   

RESCUE HENS

172

Hens

Re-homed

Through

Taylors

in

2014

Ex Battery Hen and Ex Commercial Free Range Hens Information

Thank you for considering adopting one of 40 million  hens currently producing commercial eggs in this country.

The following is a guide of what to expect if you decide to take on some of our hens for their retirement.

Age - Your hens will be approximately one year old. This is the time they would ordinarily go for slaughter. At this age, they will have laid around 300 eggs. They will still readily lay, and as a general rule you will get an egg every other day per chicken, although some lay very regularly each day. You will see that egg quality HUGELY improves over time!

Health - They can look fairly threadbare for the first few weeks / months! However they will have almost complete feather re-growth in time. Caged hens can very occasionally develop fractures of their wings / toes / legs when they get moved around, and despite every effort to ensure they are fit to be rehomed, your hen MAY require veterinary treatment soon after adoption.  The Ex free range birds aren't so prone to this and can move quite quickly, so be prepared!  We can be dealing with large volumes of birds on rescue days, and sometimes a poorly bird could slip through the process, although this is very rare.

Your New Hens! - Your hens will be slightly shell-shocked (excuse the pun!) for a few days after adoption, they have spent all of their lives in tiny cages or in large flocks and when you take them home it will be the first time they have had space, felt grass beneath their feet, and seen the sky. But DON’T WORRY – it is amazing how quickly their instincts return, and they will be scratching around and sunbathing with their wings stretched out before you know it!

Life Expectancy - There is no guarantee how long a rescue hen will live. Some may only live for a few weeks – however, if these weeks are spent in the fresh air being able to stretch their wings we feel they are luckier than a lot of other hens. On average they will live for a further 2-3 years.

If you decide to proceed with adopting some of our hens, you will be given a ‘Caring for Rescue Hens’ leaflet, which givens you more in-depth information. You can also visit the British Hen Welfare Trust website at www.bhwt.org.uk.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF CHICKEN ACCOMMODATION SIZES AND MORE INFO ON REHOMING EX BATTERY HENS

Here are some of the hens that we have rescued before, in their luxurious chicken house from Flytes o Fancy, kindly donated by RSPCA Poole & East Dorset Branch.

We do rescues throughout the year in association with the British Hen Welfare Trust, these can be Ex- bats or commercial free range hens.  We run waiting lists of people who are looking to adopt hens, and carry out home visits before the hens are released.

OUR NEXT RESCUE:- 2017

   

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