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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 details of the assorted small animals we currently have in need of homes.  For full details of the adoption process, please click here.

ANIMALS LAST UPDATED.... 2 July 2020

CENTRE VIEWING TIMES

OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 11.30 - 4.00

OPEN LATE THURSDAYS UNTIL 7PM

EXCEPT TUESDAY - CLOSED ALL DAY

TAYLORS IS CURRENTLY OPEN STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

PLEASE CALL ON 01305 259672 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING AN ANIMAL

Hi my name is Lauren, and I am the Animal Care Assistant who looks after the Small Animals at our Centre.

These are the animals in my care this week.  Please give us a call on 01305 259672 or visit the Centre at the above times if you are interested in any.

Rats require a cage floor area of 0.56 sqaure metres / 6 square foot per rat with multiple levels for climbing.

Gerbils and mice require half the area of rats.    Adult rats do not generally mix well if introduced to others.

Adult gerbils should not be mixed and existing pairs should not be separated.  

RESERVED - AWAITING HER NEW FOREVER HOME

AMBER is a female Syrian hamster who is approximately 4 months old. She is an inquisitive, sweet girl, but has not had very much handling so can be nervous and easily startled. She does not like to be picked up in hands, but happy being picked up gently in a container and then coming out to play. She loves running through tubes, using her wheel, and is a keen climber. She enjoys exploring and in the playpen has discovered it's fun to climb on her human friends. This lovely girl needs an experienced, kind, patient and understanding new home who can give her all the time and positive experiences she needs to continue to gain confidence.

RESERVED - AWAITING THEIR NEW FOREVER HOME


LOGAN and LUCAS are male spiny mice approx. 2 years old. Spiny mice are larger than fancy mice and are so named due to the coarse guard hairs on their backs - you may be able to see these in the picture, but they are not prickly. These boys are lovely, curious, full of energy and extremely fast. They love doing things together including running in their exercise wheel, climbing, and going through tunnels. They require plenty of space and lots of enrichment. They enjoy exploring so a safe area / playpen which you can sit in with them and interact would be ideal and they will soon climb all over you, although they do not like being picked up, they do enjoy human company and are sweet boys who are not aggressive, but will not want to be cuddled.

RESERVED - AWAITING HIS NEW FOREVER HOME

PATCH is a male 8 week old mouse who is a friendly boy and is able to be handled. He would need an experienced handler and some-one who has time to spend with him.

Mice make great pets and love to explore.

 

PRETZEL is a sweet, inquisitve, male mouse aged approx 4 mths.  He loves climbing, exploring tubes and boxes, and making a nest in his hammock.  Pretzel is shy, but has been growing in confidence, and likes to see what's going on. Whilst he is not keen on being held, he is happy being carried in a container so he can safely come out in his playpen where he enjoys enrichment, toys, exploring and climbing on us. Pretzel is a single mouse, so needs a home where his new family can give him plenty of company and enrichment, and to help him continue to grow in confidence, give him all the time and love he needs.

 

MIKE & MARK are two male ducks who are looking for a home together. They are quite dominant boys so may need to live as a pair only. They love to spend their time on the water and would need a large area to explore as well as with a pond or lake. They love their food including a treat of mealworms!

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RESCUE HENS

Ex Battery Hen and Ex Commercial "Free Range" Hens Information

OUR NEXT CHICKEN RESCUE DATE WILL APPEAR HERE

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.

Chicken Accommodation Sizes

The MINIMUM inside/overnight accommodation size is approximately 1½ sq ft PER BIRD, therefore;

  • A 10 x 8 ft (80 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 50 chickens

  • A 8 x 6 ft (48 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 30 - 35 chickens

  • A 8 x 4 ft (32 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 20 - 25 chickens

  • A 7 x 5 ft (35 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 20 - 25 chickens

  • A 6 x 4 ft (24 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 12 - 15 chickens

  • A 4 x 2 ft (8 sq.ft) hen house will accommodate 4 - 6 chickens

The MINIMUM HEIGHT permitted would be 2ft – with a Roosting Perch @ 1ft from the ground.

The MINIMUM outside accommodation size is approximately 2 sq ft PER BIRD.

If there is a garden or paddock that the chickens will have daily access to then that is great!

If the chickens are to be kept in a coop/arc then the measurements of the coop/arc will be calculated for how many hens this will be suitable for. i.e. a 4 x 2 ft coop/arc =8 sq ft which can accommodate 4 chickens.

PLEASE NOTE that these sizes are GUIDELINES and there will always be an element of flexibility providing good welfare standards can be maintained. 

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.

 

   

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