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The Adoption Process

Before embarking on the adoption process, have you considered the impact a new animal introduced to your home will have on you and your family? Have you researched the cost of routine veterinary care and what will happen to your animal when you go on holiday? As most of our animals have come from the wrong homes for one reason or another, you will need to forgive us for being thorough in our adoption process; as we want to find our animals the home that will be theirs for the rest of their lives. This is the least they deserve. For more information on looking after a pet please click here.  To see a short video clip of cats click here. To see a video clip of small animals click here. 

The first step in our adoption process is to find the animal that is right for you. You can find information about all of our available animals on our adoption pages. We do not allow members of the public to visit the animal home without an appointment.

Once you've found you potential future pet, you need to fill in the perfect match form online. It is important that you provide as much information as possible and attach pictures of your garden and fencing for dogs, animal accommodation for Rabbits and other small animals, pictures and /or videos and vaccination certificates for current animals. 

Once we have this information our rehoming team can assess whether you and your chosen pet are a good match and they'll get in touch to guide you through the next steps. The matching process can take some time especially when there are lots applications for an animal, so please bare with us. You will always get a response from us even if it's to let you know your chosen pet isn't suitable.

We are only able to process applications when a specific animal from our website has been chosen, and cannot keep perfect match forms on file.

Once the matching process has been carried out we will invite you down to the animal for a meet and greet with your chosen pet. There will be staff on hand to tell you a bit more about your chosen pet and support you as you get to know them. Don't feel bad if your meet and greet doesn't go well, for more challenging dogs we recommend multiple meets before making a decision and ultimately they match has to be right for you and your new pet.

Assuming everything goes well we will pass you along for a home visit. Our home visits are carried out by trained volunteers who can check your house is suitable for your new pet and provide some tips on how to help your new pet settle in. These are currently taking place virtually but can also take place on-line.

Once the home visit has been carried out and assuming there are no issues you're free to arrange a time to come and collect your new family member.

What are the Adoption Fees?

Each animal is different and our adoption fees are tailored to the specific animal. You can view the adoption fee for each animal on it's adoption page.

What do I get for the adoption fee?

On adoption your animal will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped for cats, dogs and rabbits, have up to date vaccinations, de-fleaing and worming treatments come as standard. If you are adopting an unneutered puppy or kitten we issue you with a voucher to pay for neutering when the little one becomes old enough.

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About Us

We are primarily self-funding and the money we spend in York is raised in York and Harrogate and surrounding areas. Income is also generated by our charity shops in Goodramgate, York, Acomb and Selby.

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RSPCA York, Harrogate & District Branch

RSPCA York Animal Home
Landing Lane, YORK
YO26 4RH


Opening times:
Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 15:00Please note that the York Animal Home is closed to the public and all visits are by appointment only for potential adopters.

RSPCA York ShopRSPCA YorkCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
5B, Goodramgate, York
Telephone: 01904 466140

RSPCA Acomb ShopRSPCA AcombCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
43 York Road, Acomb
Telephone: 01904 788616

RSPCA Selby ShopRSPCA SelbyCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
3 New Lane, Selby
Telephone: 01757 707100

RSPCA Malton ShopRSPCA MaltonCharity ShopGBPTEMPORARY: Mon/Tues - CLOSED Wednesday: 9.30am - 4.30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun - CLOSED
10 Saville Street, Malton
Telephone: 01653 918000

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