Cost of Adoption
We try to balance covering our costs with charging an affordable and reasonable amount. This fee includes neutering, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, microchipping, an identity disc for dogs, a veterinary health check, and one month’s free pet insurance with Petplan.
The adoption fee for an adult cat is usually £135, and kittens are £150 upwards. Some may be less, particularly if they are elderly or have health issues, and some fancy breeds may be more. This variable pricing system allows us to balance our expenses, and still help some of the needier animals who are less easy to home.
The cost of a dog similarly varies depending on age, health, and breed. Mostly the dogs are £300 -£450, with puppies at the higher end.
You may wonder why we charge fees when you rehome one of our animals, but the main reason is to cover veterinary costs and ensure each animal is given the best possible chance for a good future. For example, it costs £80 to neuter a male rabbit and £20 for vaccinations – and we charge £35 for a rabbit (£65 for a pair). Some of our rabbits have waited years for a home as it is, imagine the response if we suggested charging £100 for them!
This total does NOT include additional vet bills for anything that may be wrong with them, or costs of staff to look after them. Some poorly cats or dogs may need hundreds or even thousands of pounds in healthcare before they’re ready for adoption, but we do not pass these expenses along to you. Besides this, we have to find enough money to keep the rescue itself running: electricity, gas, water, telephones and internet, insurance, cleaning materials, costs of maintaining our vans, etc.
So unless an animal comes in and out the same day, and is fully vaccinated and neutered, it’s impossible to make a ‘profit’. However, to charge a higher amount would slow our rehomings down even further, and defeat the purpose of our existence.
This is why we rely so heavily on the generosity of our fabulous supporters and fundraisers.