Due to Covid-19 we have altered our standard process, find out more here
The Rescue Animal Adoption Process at Warrington Animal Welfare
Please read the information on your chosen animal, taking note of any special requirements the animal may have. If you are confident you can offer a secure, happy forever home then please read on.
If you are wishing to adopt a cat, kitten, rabbit or guinea pig, then welcome visitors who are serious about adopting without an appointment. Please be aware that we do have animals off site, especially during kitten season when we have kittens and mums in foster care. We also have most of our Guinea Pigs are in foster care, contact us with your details and we will pass on to the fosterer to arrange a visit.
However if you wish to adopt a dog or a puppy then this is strictly by appointment only, find out more below.
Dog viewings are by appointment only and we are not able to handle people who turn up unexpectedly to view dogs as not all our dogs are based at the rescue centre, they can be in foster care or being rehomed from home.
If you are interested in adopting a specific dog you have seen on our website or social media please contact us here:
Using the online form on each specific animal
Calling 01925 748637 (telephone calls are taken 10am - 4pm, phone lines are closed on Tuesdays)
Before you meet the dog we will initially discuss with the potential adoption on the phone. If you and a particular dog are well-suited we will arrange a time to introduce you to the dog – this may be at the centre or at an arranged location off site e.g. at a fosterers or off site kennels.
You, your family and any existing dog will need to spend time with the dog and will be encouraged to take them for a walk, to make sure of a good match. This can be repeated until all parties are happy.
Once this has all happened and everyone is satisfied then the dog will be reserved and a home-check will be arranged, you can find out more about the home-check here.
The Adoption.....Taking your new pet home
After a successful home-check you will be invited down to the centre to complete the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
We will also inform you of any pre booked vet appointments, vaccinations, any special dietary requirements and microchip information.
Adoptions take around 20 minutes to complete (longer if you are adopting multiple animals). Payments can be made by card, cash or cheque.
The adoption fee includes; neutering, micro-chipping, vaccinations, flea treatment worm treatment and four weeks free insurance (not Guinea Pigs).
Once the paperwork is complete you will be able to take your new companion home. If you need help and advice to settle in your new pets, visit our advice page.
At any time after re-homing should you need advice or help we are always available, please do contact us.
Should you have any questions or concerns post re-homing please do give us a call, we are always here to offer advice and help.
Our adoption fees’, which supports our work and are non-returnable.
Warrington Animal Welfare offers all their animals ‘Rescue Back Up’ for life, which means we will always take back an animal adopted from WAW, and exists purely on the goodwill of our supporters and volunteers.
Visiting the centre – cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs
When you visit the centre, a volunteer will show you around and advise you about suitable animals that would suit you. An animal which will fit in your circumstances and your family dynamic. We may need to ask you some additional questions to pre-qualify you as a potentially suitable adopter.
If a match is made, we will put a reserve on the animal and take your details and some additional information for the home-check, which is to simply check that the environment is a safe one for the animal.
We are open to the public every day, 12pm – 4pm.