Adopting from The Ark

Start Your Journey

Step 1: The adoption of any animal is a major commitment and there are lots of factors to consider to ensure both you and your new friend have the very best beginning. 

If you live in rented accommodation we will need to see a letter of permission from your landlord prior to any meets.  We would advise to start this process now. 

Step 2:
Please browse our animals for adoption and once you have seen an animal that you are interested in, click on the Application Form button at the bottom of each individual animals page to start your adoption journey. 

Due to the high numbers of applications that we receive daily, regrettably we will not be able to contact everybody. Please keep looking on our website because we will have the perfect pet for you as soon as possible.

If your application is successful, the staff will talk to you about the animal you are interested in and will discuss any behavioural problems/health concerns over the phone.

Step 3:
Every animal will require a home check. In most cases we ask for photos to be sent of the animals accommodations/garden/pen/home environment. Depending on the species of animal the appropriate process will be explained to you.

To ensure the welfare of our animals and also you as an adopter, we are unable to rehome until all checks have been completed.

Step 4: On completion of the above, a convenient date and time will be arranged for you to meet your potential new pet. We do require all members of the household to meet prior to adoption, depending on the specific animals needs we may require multiple meetings, this will be discussed with you in advance. 

On your first visit you will be asked to provide proof of ID confirming your name and address.

Once all meets have been completed, the staff will arrange a date and time for you to come in and complete the adoption paperwork.

Step 5: Hooray, the time has come to take home your new friend!

When adopting a dog, to comply with current legislation please bring with you a collar, ID tag, lead and car harness. 

When adopting cats and small furry animals please bring an appropriate carrier with you.

We do sell a range of donated carriers and equipment, which you can purchase from our reception, however please check that these are available in advance of your adoption day.

The final part of your journey is to read and sign the adoption paperwork, pay the adoption fee and then leave with your new forever friend.

Post adoption we are still here for you should you need any advice, help or support, we are always happy to help.

In Our Care Every Animal Receives:

  • A full health check
  • Preventative treatment (worming, flea treatment, vaccinations)
  • Neutering if it is in the animals best interest
  • Microchipping (dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets)
  • Regular behavioural and physical assessments
  • Basic training (sometimes this will be in more depth)

Once Adopted You Will Receive:

  • A full vet history from our vet team – including information about any ongoing medical conditions which you will be responsible for
  • Basic behavioural advice
  • Copies of all behavioural assessments whilst in our care

Additional Information:

  • With puppies and young dogs certain problems, such as hip dysplasia, may not be apparent at the time of adoption and without knowledge of the parentage we cannot detect genetic problems.
  • We aim to identify all health problems, but are unable to guarantee an animal’s health. Nor are we able to accept responsibility for any health problem which develops after the animal has left the shelter. Adopters are responsible for their pets future healthcare, and adopters agree to this as part of the adoption procedure.  We strongly advise you to arrange permanent pet insurance cover against the cost of veterinary treatment.
  • We review the behaviour of all animals during their stay here and ensure that they’re suitable for rehoming, however we are not able to guarantee how an animal may behave once in your domestic environment, which is very different from the kennel situation they live in whilst they are with us.

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