Handing Over An Animal
We know that sometimes people's circumstances change. There are many reasons why you may not be able to keep your pet. We are non-judgemental. We request a donation for accepting future ownership of your pet.
No matter how desperate you may be feeling please don’t abandon your pet outside our centre which would be very traumatic for them and may be dangerous (they could become ill, be hit by a car or escape). We also require as much history about your pet as possible, which will make it much easier for us to find them a new home.
- When you contact us we will ask for the following information: Breed, colour, age, vaccination/health history, temperament, the reason you are parting with the animal and anything else you can tell us about the background of the animal so we can look after them as well as possible, and find the right home for them in the future;
- We will put you on our waiting list and contact you as soon as we have a space (spaces become available when we rehome other animals already in our care);
- When we have a space available we will ask you to bring your pet to us with all of your paperwork (microchipping, vaccinations etc).
- We will ask you to sign a Disclaimer Form which transfers responsibility for your pet to Wythall Animal Sanctuary. After signing this disclaimer you, your relatives or friends will no longer be able to claim ownership of the animal. Should any relatives or friends wish to offer your pet a home they will need to follow our usual adoption policy procedures.
- We ask for a donation for taking your animal into our care to help to cover their costs whilst here.
- These donations help us to pay for neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, vet health checks and our daily costs including animal care staff, heating and food for the animals.
- Your pet will be assessed by a vet upon arrival and given any special care they need. When they are ready for adoption we will make their details available on our website and start our search to find them a loving new home. We will only rehome your pet to a home outside the area where you live.
- We always accept past residents who have been cared for at our rescue centre before.
- Your details will remain confidential at all times and only essential information about the animal concerned will be disclosed to future adopters.
Since 2016 by law stray dogs need to be collected by the dog warden employed by the council which covers the area where it is found. Your first point of call should be to inform your local dog warden. We are happy to help where we can. We are happy to scan any animal brought to us to check for a chip and to assist with reuniting it with its owner. We will take stray animals IF we have space. As a rescue we are usually full to capacity and work from a waiting list of surrendered animals waiting for a space but if we can help we will. If not we will refer you to other places who may be able to help.
We do not have facilities to take in wildlife. Ideally, injured wildlife should be taken to a veterinary surgery rather than brought to us. We do not have vets on site nor the skills to treat serious injuries. Most vets do not charge if you take wildlife to them. We will help if we can but we will probably refer you to a vets or a wildlife specialist centre. If you need help you could try Amicus vets or Vale Wildlife Hospital
Please refer to our Handing Over An Animal Policy & Disclaimer Form for further information.
Other places to try
Please find a list of other organisations you may wish to contact. We are unable to recommend any other centres specifically because we have not vetted them, however organisations that are members of the following associations adhere to best practice, which is a useful guide.
Association of Dogs & Cats Homes: http://www.adch.org.uk/centres_map
Central England Reptile Rescue & Bird of Prey Sanctuary: http://www.cerr.co.uk/