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Derby RSPCA have many animals available for adoption (rehoming) and you will find pictures and descriptions of them on our animal pages. We try to update the animal pages on a regular basis, however there may be some animals at the Centre that have not yet made it to our website.  If an animal is out in a foster home an appointment will need to be made for viewing.

We aim to provide you with as much information as possible about our animals, but if you have any queries about a specific animal please do not hesitate to contact us at or contact the Abbey Street Centre on 01332 344620

Our reception is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with animal viewings available from 12.00 to 4.00pm. These times apply 6 days a week including Saturday and Sunday but we are closed on Wednesdays, Christmas Day and New Years Day. If you are unable to make these times, a mutually convenient appointment time can be made.

If you have adopted one of our animals we are always pleased to know how you are getting along. Please email us a photo and a story and we will post it on our Success Stories section of the website.

Adoption Process

Once you have found an animal that you wish to adopt from us, we will start off by asking you a few questions to make sure that you and the animal(s) are compatible. We may ask you about the type of property you live in and your garden, how many people live in your property, what type of road you live on, if you have any other animals, which veterinary practice you use, your work commitments, previous animal experience etc. If your circumstances are not appropriate for the animal you wish to adopt, we will discuss this with you and may direct you to a more suitable one. If everything goes ok, we will ask you for a £10 deposit to secure a cat and £20 deposit for a dog as 1st Reserve owners. We will also take a 2nd Reserve just in case the 1st Reserve doesn’t work out.  If you already own another animal  they may need to be brought into the centre to meet your new pet.

Once you have placed the reserve, we will arrange for a trained volunteer home visitor to come and see you and your family at home to assess your suitability in more detail. The home visitor will make an appointment with you and will need to complete some paperwork whilst they are in your home.  The home visitor reports the findings back to the Centre who will then contact you with the outcome of the visit.  Please do not press the home visitor for a yes or no as the final decision lies with the Centre.

Once the home visit has been completed satisfactorily and the animal is ok to go to their new home we will arrange for you to collect your pet and complete the adoption paperwork.  We normally arrange for all animal collections to be made before 12:00 noon. After the adoption is complete we will arrange to do an after visit with you a few weeks/months later to ensure that all parties are happy and that the animal has settled well into your home.

Please note all animals have to be neuteured, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and micro-chipped before they can be rehomed.  If an animal is too young to be neutered we will issue you with a neutering voucher for use at our vets - other vets may accept these vouchers but may charge you an extra amount.