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Cost of rehoming – our adoption fees

We try to balance covering our costs with charging an affordable and reasonable amount. This fee includes neutering, vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, micro chipping and one month’s free pet insurance.
 
From the 1 April 2018, due to increases in costs, we have had to review our adoption fees for the first time in four years.
 
The adoption fee for a cat or kitten is £80.
 
The cost of adopting a dog varies between £150 - £200, depending on their age and health.  The donation for most dogs is £175.
 
Please note that we do not rehome dogs with children under 5 due to insurance reasons.  Most rescue centres have the same policy now, you can find out more about ours here.
 
Our adoption fees for rabbits are £80 a pair (£45 for a single if you have a rabbit to bond it with) and Guinea Pigs are £15 each (only male pigs are neutered).
 
We are always quite happy if people would like to make to donation on top!
 

Why charge adoption fees?

Some people believe that adopting an animal should be free as you are ‘doing them a favour’ – so we feel that it is important that everyone know the average costs of rehoming an animal that comes through our care.
 
It costs £80 to neuter a male rabbit and £17.50 for vaccinations which is £97.50 without any other costs and we charge £45 for a rabbit (£80 for a pair), so the adoption fee for rabbits does not actually cover our costs.  It is similar for cats and dogs.
 
This total does NOT include costs such as vet bills if they need additional treatments.  We also have the costs of running the rescue centre – electricity, water rates, telephone, internet, insurances, advertising, staff costs, stationery, maintenance, improvement works, maintenance, cleaning materials - just to name a few obvious costs.
 
The only time we make any ‘profit’ is if an animal comes to us fully vaccinated, neutered and in good health and is rehomed on the same day!  
 
This is why we rely so on the generosity of our marvellous supporters.
 

Refunds

Our adoption fees’, which supports our work and are non-returnable. 
 
We will offer an alternative animal should the animal not settle given adequate time and reassurance. 
 
Warrington Animal Welfare offers all their animals ‘Rescue Back Up’ for life and exists purely on the goodwill of our supporters and volunteers.
 
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