All dogs are assessed when they arrive so we can tell you a little bit about their personality, their approximate age, whether they have been tested with other dogs and if they have any apparent health problems.
Cheltenham Animal Shelter prides itself in being a responsible rehoming centre. Due to the lack of history available on our stray dogs, it is normally the policy of the Charity to not rehome these dogs to households with children under the age of 10 years. There may be some degree of flexibility regarding some of the dogs available for adoption. Please call and speak to our Rehoming Team regarding any of our dogs if you are unsure about whether your circumstances will fit the criteria.
In the first instance we ask all family members to visit the dog for a meet and greet. If you have another dog he/she should come along too. We ask potential adopters to complete visits until the dog is comfortable with you and you with it, after which we will arrange for a home visit so we can satisfy ourselves that you have a suitable home for the dog, in particular a secure garden.
Some of our dogs are signed over by their owners but most arrive as strays. You should therefore be prepared to allow a period of adjustment for your new friend and the odd wee on the floor or small amount of chewing will subside once they settle in. We also will not rehome an animal close to where it was found/previously lived to avoid complications and unnecessary stress for the dog or new owners.
All of our dogs are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before leaving the shelter. They will also be wormed and flea treated and come with 4 weeks free insurance. We require a non-refundable deposit of £30 to reserve a dog, and a further non-refundable donation of £120 to rehome the dog. (Please note: For puppies under ten months old we require a balance of £220 which includes payment for a 6 week puppy training course to be completed here at the Shelter)
Adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful thing and we are very grateful to everyone that has taken in one of our dogs over the years. We are always on hand to offer follow up advice and if you do unfortunately encounter any problems with your adoption we can offer behavioural consultations to help you work through any issues.
All cats are assessed when they arrive at the shelter so we can tell you a little bit about their personality, their approximate age, if they have been tested with other cats and if they have any apparent health problems.
Some of our cats are signed over by their owners but most arrive as strays. You should therefore be prepared to allow a period of adjustment for your new friend when they arrive in your home.
We rehome our cats within the Gloucestershire area and require that you do not live on or near a busy road. If you live in rented accommodation you will be asked to obtain written permission from your landlord. We also will not rehome an animal close to where it was found/previously lived to avoid complications and unnecessary stress for the cat or new owners.
All of our cats are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before leaving the shelter. They will also be wormed and flea treated and come with 4 weeks free insurance. We require a non-refundable desposit of £25 to reserve a cat, and a further non-refundable donation of £50 to re-home the cat.
Adopting a rescue cat is a wonderful thing and we are very grateful to everyone that has taken in one of our cats over the years. We are always on hand to offer follow up advice and if you do encounter any problems with your adoption we undertake to have the cat back at any time.
All our small animals are handled and assessed and tested with other animals, so we can ensure they will make an ideal pet.
We ask that all rabbits have a hutch that is a minimum of 6ft X 4ft X 2ft, a run of around 8 feet and ideally are homed with another rabbit or adopted in pairs. If we do have a rabbit that prefers to be alone we will re-home them singly. We do not re-home rabbits with guinea pigs, they must be with their own species.
We would usually ask that any children in the household be 10 years old or more, but can be flexible depending on how much involvement the children will have and how the children act when at the shelter. We ask that everyone in the home visit the animal, handle the rabbit and agree to having the pet. If rehoming with an existing pet we offer a bonding day here at the Shelter, but this may not be necessary as bonding at home can sometimes work out better. All rabbits are micro-chipped, neutered, vaccinated and receive 4 weeks PetPlan insurance, and receive a health check with the vet before leaving the Shelter.
Small Animal Adoption Fees
- Rabbits: £30
- Guinea Pigs: £15
- Chinchillas: £20
- Degus: £15
- Gerbil/Hamster/Mice: £5
- Rats: £15
- Birds: Donation on application
Pair of Animals
- Rabbits: £50
- Guinea Pigs: £25
- Chinchillas: £35
- Degus: £30
- Gerbil/Hamster/Mice: £5
- Rats: £30
- Birds: Donation on Application
A deposit is required to reserve an animal.