Adoption Conditions

At Bleakholt, we think it’s really important that the right animal is matched with their perfect ‘forever home’. If you’re thinking about adopting one of our animals, please look at the following conditions to understand the process:

STEP 1 – REVIEW THE DOGS ON THIS SITE

You can see a selection of our dogs that are available for adoption on this site and get some basic information about them.  You may also see a ‘home profile’ where we outline the kind of home that would be suitable for that dog, e.g. older children only, no other animals etc.  In these cases they are not merely recommendation as it is important for us to ensure that we do not put dogs into homes that are inappropriate and also that you get the dog that is right for you.

STEP 2 – VISIT THE SANCTUARY AND TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK

If you see a dog that you think you might like to adopt, your next step will be to visit us any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., although please give yourself plenty of time to look around.  The dog staff will be pleased to meet you and help you with advice and information about the dogs. If you see a dog you like, we always recommend that you take the dog for a walk to give you a better idea and this is part of the bonding process. You will need to register with us to do this and produce address ID (driving licence is ideal). Please note that dog walking is only possible between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This site is kept as up to date as possible, but you will need to check that the dog has not yet been reserved when you visit the sanctuary.

There are a few situations that may cause us to decline the offer of a new home for one of our dogs and these are:

  • we do not re-home rescue animals to homes with children under five years old
  • we do not re-home young dogs to homes where they will be left alone for over four hours or five and a half hours for a dog who is four years old or more
  • we do not re-home rescue dogs to homes that do not have a secure garden or yard

STEP 3 – RESERVE THE DOG

Once you have decided that you have found a dog that will be right for you you should ask the dog staff to reserve the dog for you.  After asking you a series of questions relevant to the care of the dog they will fill out an adoption application that will be passed to the home visitor for your area.

STEP 4 – THE HOME VISIT

The home visitor will phone you to make an appointment to visit you at a mutually convenient time. After discussing the matter with you the home visitor will give us a ring and tell us that it is a great home for one of our friends and that we can proceed. Please note that occasionally we may have to decline an offer of a new home for one of our animals.  We do not do this lightly or without good cause.  The home visitor’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the sanctuary management.

STEP 5 – THE FINAL VET CHECK

After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the dog and arrange for the dog to be seen by our vet on the day prior to collection, or the following morning.  Assuming the vet is happy you will then be able to collect your new best friend.

STEP 6 – COLLECT YOUR DOG

You can then collect your dog any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  You should allow time for the adoption process which usually takes about 30 minutes.  If you wish to collect your dog on a Saturday or Sunday you will need to arrange an appointment with reception as weekends are our busiest time and we do not want the adoption process to be rushed.

Before they leave us, all our dogs are de-flead, wormed, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.  If the dog is less than six months old it will not yet have been neutered and will come back to us at six months of age, or we will issue a voucher for the procedure to be done at Vets4Pets in Bury who are the Bleakholt vets.  The neutering is not discretionary as all our animals are neutered before adoption.

The donation that we currently ask for is £95, or £120 for a pedigree dog.

We include 28 days free pet insurance from PetPlan with an adoption.

We recommend the ‘Vacs for Life’ plan from Vets4Pets.  This costs just £99 and covers your dog’s vaccinations for life.

If you need any further information you may find it in the FAQ’s on this site otherwise you may phone between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day on 01706 822577 or visit during these times.

STEP 1 – REVIEW THE CATS ON THIS SITE

You can see a selection of our cats and kittens that are available for adoption on this site.

You can view their photographs and get basic information about them.  You may also see a ‘home profile’ where we outline the kind of home that would be suitable for each cat or kitten e.g. older children only, no other animals etc.  In these cases they are not merely recommendations it is important that we do not put cats and kittens into homes that are inappropriate.

STEP 2 – VISIT THE SANCTUARY

If you see a cat that you think you might like to adopt, your next step will be to visit us any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. although please give yourself plenty of time to look around.  The cat staff will be pleased to meet you and help you with information about the cats and kittens.

This site is kept as up to date as possible, but you will need to check that the cat has not yet been reserved when you visit the sanctuary.

There are a few situations that may cause us to decline the offer of a new home for one of our cats or kittens, which are:

  • We do not re-home rescue animals to homes with children under five years old.
  • We do not re-home kittens to homes where they will be left alone for over four hours.
  • We do not generally re-home cats to homes that are on or near a busy road.  However, we do consider House Cats i.e. cats that will not go outside, e.g. any physical disability preventing that, those with special diets, some oldies, FIV cats

 STEP 3 – RESERVE THE CAT

Once you have found a cat or kitten that will be right for your home you should ask the cat staff to reserve the cat or kitten for you.  After asking you a series of questions relevant to their care they will fill out an adoption application that will be passed to the home visitor for your area.

STEP 4 – THE HOME VISIT

The home visitor will phone you to make an appointment to visit you at a mutually convenient time. After discussing the matter with you the home visitor will almost certainly give us a ring and tell us that it is a great home for one of our cats and that we should proceed. Please note that sometimes we have to decline an offer of a new home for one of our cats or kittens, but we do not do this lightly or without very good cause.

STEP 5 – THE FINAL VET CHECK

After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the cat and arrange for the cat to be seen by the vet on the day prior to collection, or the following morning. Assuming the vet is happy you will then be able to collect your new best friend.

STEP 6 – COLLECT YOUR CAT

You can then collect the cat or kitten any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  You should allow time to complete the adoption process which usually takes about 10 minutes.  If you wish to collect your cat on a Saturday or Sunday you will need to arrange an appointment with reception as weekends are our busiest time and we do not want the adoption process to be rushed.

Before they leave us all our cats and kittens are de-flead, wormed, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.  If the kitten is less than six months old it will not yet have been neutered and will come back to us at six months of age, or we will issue a voucher for the procedure to be done at Vets4Pets in Bury who are the Bleakholt vets.  The neutering is not discretionary however, as all our animals are neutered. The donation that we currently ask for is £60 or £80 for a pedigree cat.

If you need any further information you may find it in our FAQ’s on this site; otherwise you may phone between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day on 01706 822577, or visit us during these hours.

We also include 2 weeks free pet insurance from PetPlan with an adoption.

We recommend the ‘Vacs for Life’ plan from Vets4Pets.  This costs just £99 and covers your cat’s vaccinations for life.

STEP 1 – REVIEW THE ANIMALS ON THIS SITE

You can see a selection of the animals available for adoption on this site and get basic information about them.  You may also see a ‘home profile’ where we outline the kind of home that would be suitable for that animal e.g. older children only, no other animals etc. In these cases they are not merely recommendations as it is important that we get the right home for our animals and the right animal for you.

STEP 2 – VISIT THE SANCTUARY

If you see an animal that you think you might like to adopt, your next step will be to visit us any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. although please give yourself plenty of time to look around.  The farm staff will be pleased to meet you and help you with information about any of our small animals.

This site is kept as up to date as possible, but you will need to check that the animal has not yet been reserved when you visit the sanctuary.

STEP 3 – RESERVE THE ANIMAL

Once you have decided that you have found an animal that is right for you, you should ask the farm staff to make a reservation for you. After asking you a series of questions relevant to the care of the animal they will fill out an adoption application that will be passed to the home visitor for your area. If you already have an animal then ideally they should be introduced before going to their new home so please ask our staff for advice.

STEP 4 – THE HOME VISIT

The home visitor will phone you to make an appointment to visit you at a mutually convenient time. After discussing the matter with you the home visitor will almost certainly give us a ring and tell us that it is a great home for one of our friends and that we can proceed with the adoption.  Please note that occasionally we may have to decline an offer of a new home for one of our animals. We do not do this lightly or without good cause. The home visitor’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the sanctuary management.  It may take seven to ten days to arrange a visit.

STEP 5 – THE FINAL VET CHECK

After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the animal and arrange for them to be seen by the vet on the day prior to collection, or the following morning.  Assuming the vet is happy you will then be able to collect your new best friend.

STEP 6 – COLLECT YOUR ANIMAL

You can then collect your new friend any time between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  You should allow time for the adoption process which usually takes about 10 minutes.  If you wish to collect on a Saturday or a Sunday you will need to arrange an appointment with reception as weekends are our busiest time and we do not want the adoption process to be rushed.

Before they leave us all our rabbits are de-flead, wormed, vaccinated and neutered, unless they are too young at the time of adoption, have health issues, or if the previous owner told us they were already neutered.  If animals are too young to be neutered you will be issued with a voucher for our veterinary service, Vets4Pets in Bury to be done free of charge. Neutering is not discretionary as all our animals are neutered, males at about 4 months old and females at 6 months old.

Guinea Pigs are not neutered as routine.

The donation that we currently ask is £35 for a rabbit, £50 if you adopt two rabbits at the same time and £10 for a guinea pig.

Rabbits – a suitable hutch can be recommended by the farm manager when discussing adoption.

Please ask our farm staff for advice on the provision of winter housing or on a suitable run for a rabbit or guinea pig for exercise.

Guinea pigs and rabbits are not suitable for rehoming together but guinea pigs need the companionship of another animal.

If you need any further information you may find it in our FAQ’s on this site; otherwise you may phone between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day on 01706 822577, or visit us during these hours.