Why we ask for an adoption fee

Rescuing, sheltering, caring and rehoming animals involves considerable effort by our volunteers and staff, most of which the public never see. Here are some of the different stages we go through.

The rescue

  • This may be a phone call from a concerned member of the public, District Council or police. Alternatively, someone may bring an animal directly to us.
  • If we are asked to collect an animal, we may need to travel quite a distance to make the collection. Sometimes, especially with feral animals, we may have to makeseveral visits before we can capture the animal in question. We mainly work in the Eden district, but it is not unusual for us to have a 50 mile round trip.

Caring – the first steps

  • When the animal is initially placed with us, it will probably be frightened. Rescued animals are often in a poor condition when they arrive.
  • Staff will look after the animal to make sure that it starts to feel at home, allocate kennel or cattery space in our facilities.
  • If the animal is clearly unwell, off its food, underweight or has sickness, we take it to our veterinary surgeon. The vet treatments include:
    • Micro chipping
    • Inoculations
    • Worming
    • Weighing
    • Flea Treatment
    • Neutering
  • If needed, the animal may also undergo:
    • X-Rays
    • Lab Tests
    • Specialist procedures
    • Operations
  • Unlike some charities, we never put animals to sleep when we get busy or after a time limit is passed. We do listen carefully to veterinary advice though, and if the vet thinks it is the best thing for the animal, we will allow them to.
  • All of this may mean additional medicines and treatments, and requires us to transport the animals to and from the vets, and pay for their stay with them until they are well enough for us to take back to our refuge for homing.

Caring – while the animal is with us

  • We want to make sure that every animal with us is as comfortable as possible.
  • This means we have to cover the costs of making sure they are fed properly, warm and dry. Kennels and catteries are equipped with special infra-red heaters.
  • Washing and drying bedding is a daily task.
  • Dogs especially need regular exercise and our staff and volunteers make sure that each animal gets the right amount of exercise to keep it healthy and prevent it becoming depressed.

Caring – fostering

  • We have some animals with foster carers. We need to travel to and from these carers frequently. This involves further transport costs.
  • We also support our fostered animals with veterinary fees.

Caring – Our staff

  • We have a large number of volunteers who help us in many different ways. But much of what they do is dependent on the staff that we employ.
  • By having permanent staff, we feel that this is the best way to have a continuous level of high quality care provided to each animal. They are our backbone; helping to manage the shelter, provide guidance to members of the public who visit, covering the administration of each of the animals, arranging home visits, training new volunteers and lots more besides.

All of the above costs money

  • This is why we ask for a minimum donation of £100 per dog and £60 per cat. If you wish to take more than one animal, please talk to our staff who will advise you.
  • Clearly these minimum donations do not totally cover our costs, so anything over and above will always be gratefully received.