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adoption process

Rain Rescue exists for the animal who has nobody else.

The three steps to adoption

We want all the dogs and cats we rescue to find a new home, but we also want to make sure it is the right home for them. Our three-step process helps us get this right while making it as simple as possible for you to adopt.

You can help us make sure the match works by putting careful thought into the responsibility you will be taking on. And not just you – everybody at home should understand what will be involved before you apply.

Ready? Take a look at the cats and dogs in our care looking for a new home

1. Apply

The first step is to let us know you're ready to take the plunge. It's as easy as filling in one of our forms, where as well as giving us your details, you can also tell us which of the animals has caught your eye. Don't worry if you're not sure, though – we'll help you find the right match!

  • ADOPT A DOG: Apply here to give one of our rescued dogs a new life in your home

  • ADOPT A CAT: Start the process to make one of our rescued cats your new companion

To make sure our animals move into the right environment, we'll also need you to email enquiries@rainrescue.co.uk with photos of your home, garden (including fencing), and current/past pets so we can make sure we find the right environment for every animal.

Once this is all done, we'll be ready to process your application and you'll be one step closer to adoption! 

2. Match and Meet

There are two parts to this section, but the good news is that we'll take care of the matching, so you can enjoy the meeting to the full.


Based on all your information, photos and preferences and our extensive knowledge of the animals in our care, we'll set about assessing the suitability of you and your potential new companion. If we're not sure about the dog or cat you have chosen, we'll identify who we think would be the best match for you.

Even if the animal you originally opted for turns out not to be suitable, we'll do everything we can to find a dog or cat who will be the very best companion for you. If there's no suitable match right now, be patient - we have new animals arriving all the time.


Once we've found a suitable match, we'll invite you in for the special moment of meeting your potential new companion. Life in a cattery or a kennel is very different to life in a home, though, so the animal we have matched with you may be more shy or more boisterous than usual when you first meet them. We'll be able to tell you whether their behaviour is likely to be different in the more comfortable setting of your home.

It's really important that all family members or others living in the household meet your potential new resident to make sure it will be a happy home for everyone. You won't be able to adopt until you've all met each other first!

We've got plenty of rehoming advice to help you prepare.

3. Adopt

Once everyone's happy (it may take more than one visit), you'll be ready for the final, magical step of officially adopting your new companion! We'll make sure you have all the information and advice you need for when you first introduce your dog or cat into your home – and we'll be in touch soon after to check on how things are going.

It costs just £220 for a dog (dependent on age/breed) and £85 for a adult cat, £75 for a senior cat and £95 for a young kitten to adopt from Rain Rescue. This ensures they come home with all they need and covers some of the costs we incur in ensuring your pet is healthy, happy and house-ready before their adoption (see below for more details). You can pay in cash or by credit/debit card. 

Rehoming fees are non-refundable. Should we assess it to be in the best of interests of an animal for it to be returned, however, we may be able to offer a refund, minus an admin fee of £25.


Although you will be responsible for the wellbeing of the animal after adoption, a Rain Rescue animal will always be a Rain Rescue animal, so we're here if you need us. We have lots of advice on our website, but if you're struggling you can always call our small but expert team of animal lovers on 07725 888207 (between 11am-3pm). Leave a message if you can't get through and we'll try to get back to you within 48 hours.

Why adopting from Rain Rescue is cost-effective

Your dog

  • Before you take your Rain Rescue dog home, they will have been (according to their individual situation):

    • Vaccinated (saving £53)

    • Microchipped (£20)

    • Flead (£7) and wormed (£5)

    • Neutered (£150)

    • Vet health-checked (£35)

    • Assessed for training and education needs

    • Insured for four weeks with Petplan

  • Other costs may have included:

    • Time spent in our care (approx £10/night)

    • Medical treatment (unlimited)

  • We also provide the following:

    • ID tag (£12.50)

    • Collar (£9.50)

    • Lead (£3)

    • A copy of Lily Clarke : Here to Stay, How to Train Your Rescue Dog (£15)

Your cat

  • By adopting a cat from us, you might be saving on:

    • Initial flea and worm course (£12)

    • Neutering and microchipping (£65)

    • Blood test (£30)

    • Initial vaccinations (£60)

    • Vet health check (£35)

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