Adoption ProcessBy navigating to this page we can assume you are at least considering adding a rescue animal to your family which is wonderful news.
Here at HULA Animal Rescue we hope to help you through the process and see if we have a new companion who will fit in to your home. We rehome dogs, cats and small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs, we do also have farm animals at our centre however, they are permanent residents and not looking for new homes.
If you are keen to offer a HULA animal a new home, a first step could be to take a look through our website and see if there is a potential new family member who fits the bill.
Some of the animals come in to our care from their previous owners and we may have a full history for them. However, we do also occasionally take in stray animals and could therefore have less information about their past. It is worth noting that it is rare for us to be able to rehome dogs into families with children under the age of 5 years. This is because we cannot guarantee positive past experiences with youngsters and we do not know if our dogs will be used to the natural hustle and bustle that life with young children brings.
Visiting us would mean you are able to speak to our experienced staff in person about your home and what you are looking for in a new pet.
OK, so you have fallen in love!If there is a HULA animal that has melted your heart and they sound like a perfect match. What would happen next?
Application formThis gives us your contact information and a better idea of your lifestyle and what your home is like. Examples of the questions we ask involve working hours, other pets, experience with animals etc.
Chat with rehoming staffOnce we have a completed application form you would then have a more in depth chat with a member of our rehoming team. This would allow the details from your application form to be compared with the information we have for the animal you have fallen for. There may be things we would need to discuss to ensure that you are suitable for them and vice versa.
The introductions also allow all members of the family including any existing pets if appropriate to come down and meet the HULA animal. For dogs this may mean bringing your existing canine companions to the centre to spend time with a potential new doggy friend. We would do on-lead walks, they could spend some time in our secure outdoor runs off lead or have some quiet time with you in our caravan which simulates a living room and helps you to assess how they may get on in a home environment. Bunnies can also come on site for mixing sessions in advance of adoptions to help pairings with supervision from staff.
All human members of a household who will live with the animal must be able to visit HULA and meet the pet in advance of adoption. If you live further afield you will need to take time to consider whether you are able to make the journey a number of times for introductions before applying to adopt a HULA animal.
HomecheckBefore cats and dogs leave our care we undertake a home visit and a member of staff or experienced volunteer will call round to see you. This allows us to consider the environment and be sure that it is right for the pet in question. Examples of what we might be looking at could include how busy the road is for cats that will have access outdoors, how high the fencing in the back garden is for a dog with a springy jump etc. It is also a chance for you to speak to an experienced pet owner about aspects of animal care and welfare that you may not have had time to discuss with us at the centre.
If you are a tenant we would need to see proof that your landlord or housing association will allow you to have a pet at the property and this needs to be organised with the HULA office before homecheck. We also need to see proof of identification such as a passport or driving licence.
We do ask a rehoming donation which is £125 for dogs and £65 for cats (with an additional £50 if we have neutered them here at HULA ourselves to help to cover the cost of the operation). Our rabbit adoption donation is £30 and small animals are £10.
We will discuss how best to organise your first few days settling them in and the diet that they are used to eating. Our contact does not end when you drive away from the centre. We are always here to support and advise our adopters at any time. We will follow up with you and see how your new pet is settling in. For dogs we run a monthly adopters evening where you can come back to see the staff and discuss training and settling in issues.
Well, you have read about the rehoming process and we hope to see you very soon. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01908 584000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org