Adoption Policy

1. Introduction

Many of the animals that are taken in by the Charity, are the victims of neglect and cruelty, the Charity will do its utmost to prevent them experiencing any more.

We will never home animals to anyone who intends to use the animals for breeding, profit, for hunting or food. We will never re-home to anyone whose primary interest in the animal is as live stock or from an animal industry of any kind.

Brinsley Animals Rescues mission is to find life-long loving homes for pets and farms animals. This Policy ensures that, as far as reasonably practical, potential homes and adoptees are assessed so that,

  • Potential adoptee has sufficient knowledge and understanding to care for the animal(s).
  • The animal(s) will be for pets, and not for breeding, profit, food or entertainment.

Whenever we are considering a home for an animal, it is always the animal’s welfare which is the primary concern.

We will only re-home to ethical homes where animals will be loved and cared for to the end of their natural lives as pets.

Whenever we are considering a home for an animal, it is the animal welfare which is our primary concern.

2. Application

This Policy applies to all pets and farm animals under the Charities control.

3 Assessment and Treatment

On admission to the Charity, we will endeavour to obtain the past history of the animal, this will include health, treatment, age, sex and any ongoing health issues.

The animals will then be assessed and treated accordingly, this will include, but not limited to, general behaviour and health. If specific health issues are know about, these will be further assessed and treated.

Depending on the individual animal, the Charity will neuter, vaccinate, carry out dental check-ups and de-worm.

Following an appropriate period of assessment and if necessary treatment, the animals may be deemed ready to be homed.

Where animals are not deemed fit to be re-homed, be it due to health or behavioural issues, the sanctuary may seek specialist and experienced adopters, otherwise offer permanent sanctuary.

4 Neutering

Many of the animals that come to us are the result of irresponsible pet industry. We do not want add the thousands of unwanted animals abandoned each year. Where practical and possible, we will

  • Neuter all male rabbits and consider spaying females
  • Neuter all male farm animals, with the exception of poultry
  • Not rehome where the potential adoptee have unneutered males of the same species

5 Homing Pets and Farm Animals


5.1 Viewing

The prearranged viewings of animal(s) by potential adoptees will be encouraged. During such visits, the Charity will provide an accurate account of the animal(s) health and behaviour and considerations that need to be taken to properly care for the animal(s),  to the best of the Charities knowledge.

Where viewings do not take place, the above will be discussed prior to any home checks.

5.2 Home Checks

The Charity will carry out a home check before an animal is homed, to ensure animals are homed to a suitable owner who has acceptable facilities to care for the animal and understands the responsibility they are undertaking.

The Charity will also offer advice to adoptees.

Home checks will be carried out by Trustees or volunteers deemed competent to carry out a home check, by a Trustee.

The home check will consist of prearrange visit to the potential site where the animals(s) are to be kept to allow an assessment to be carried out, this is for the purposes;

  • Ensure that the environment and conditions are suitable.
  • That the animal(s) will be safe from predators.
  • The animal(s) have sufficient space and environment to enact their natural behaviours.
  • There are no other animals kept by the potential adoptees that could harm or distress the animal(s).

For Hens home checks may be carried out by other means.

5.3 Sociable Animals

Many animals are sociable animals, the Charity will not home a sociable animal where they are to be kept on their own. This will include;

  • Rabbits, birds, mice
  • Pigs, goats, sheep, horses, ponies
  • Poultry

Most animals should be kept in at least pairs so that they always have company of their own species.

5.4 Adoption Agreement

Following a successful home check, the adoptee will be asked to sign an adoption agreement and pay an adoption fee.

The Charity cannot operate without an income and so we have to request a minimum donation, this fee will depend on the animal. We normally request a minimum donation that covers our standard vets bills only, for example castration and vaccination.

This fee may be waived by approval of a Trustee in special circumstances, for example when a special needs animal is homed to an experienced person.

Adoption Minimum Donations

Rabbits ;

Single Male castrated and vaccinated = £55

Single Female, numbered and vaccinated = £60

Pair of rabbits already bonded, neutered and vaccinated – £75

NB we ALWAYS vaccinate rabbits for Myxomatosis and VHD and castrate male rabbits .

Guinea Pigs – £15

Hens – £4       Pure Breeds £5

Cockerels Free

Pigs and Goats £60

Geese £20

Ducks £5

Ponies and Horses £60

Please inquire about other animals.