Adopting a pet from Wood Green: Frequently Asked Questions
If you've got a question about rehoming a pet from us, you may find the answer you're looking for below.
If you just need to know how to get started with rehoming, the first step is to register here. This provides us with the essential information we need to check whether you are a good match for any of our pets.
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to respond to every enquiry due to the overwhelming interest in Wood Green’s pets. So for all other rehoming queries, we’d be grateful if you could check the Q&As before getting in touch. Thank you for your understanding.
Adopting a dog
How much does it cost to rehome a dog from Wood Green
It costs £180 to rehome an adult dog (aged 16 weeks and above), £200 for a pair of adult dogs, and £200 for a single puppy (aged up to 16 weeks). This fee includes:
- Neutering (if required).
- First course of vaccinations.
- Flea and worm treatment.
- Pet 24 ID tag, plus first year of cover.
- Four weeks of free Petplan insurance.
We also offer free behavioural support for the rest of the dog’s life, along with advice on caring for other pets you may have. Find out more here.
Why haven't I heard from you about my registration to rehome a dog from Wood Green?
Every week, we receive up to 3,000 dog rehoming enquiries at Wood Green. Whilst we are very grateful for this interest in our dogs, we simply don’t have enough people in our team to respond individually to everyone. Many of the dogs in our care have complex needs so we can only contact people who are a potential match. We hope you understand – every decision we make is with our dogs’ best interests at heart.
How long will it take me to find a dog?
This can vary. It depends on the individual needs of dogs currently in our care, the type of dog you’re looking for, and the home you can offer them. If you’re looking for a very specific type of dog in terms of age, breed, size or colour then your search for a dog from a rescue centre like ours is likely to take several months or more. Whereas if you are open to the possibility of adopting a dog with specific needs or one that’s a bit older, you may find a dog sooner.
Whether you’re thinking about getting a puppy or an older dog, we have plenty of expert advice on our website. Not only that, we also offer a free online Living with Dogs workshop – helping you get prepared for your new arrival, whenever the time comes. Discover our full range of workshops here.
Where can I view the dogs you have available for rehoming?
Wood Green’s dogs can be viewed online here (don’t forget to scroll down the page to find them). This page is updated regularly and provides a good understanding of the types of dogs in our care. Please take a moment to read the information on each dog’s profile before getting in touch.
I'm interested in a dog I've seen on your website. Can I come and meet them?
As part of the rehoming process, it will be possible for you to meet a dog if you are a potential match, prior to taking them home. To express your interest in a particular dog from our website, we need to start by knowing a bit more about you so need you to do the following:
If you haven’t registered to adopt a dog with us yet, then please click the ‘get started’ link on the individual pet’s profile.
If you are a potential match with one of our dogs, it will be possible to meet the dog before rehoming them. Sometimes this may not be possible at our centre due to Covid-19 restrictions, but there are other options that will be explained in our email response to you.
Before getting in touch about meeting a dog, please ensure that you have completed your full registration form on our website. We ask that you read the dog’s profile carefully, to ensure that you can offer them the home they need.
Why is your criteria for rehoming dogs so strict?
Whilst our criteria may seem strict, every decision is made in the best interests of our dogs. Wood Green’s Rehoming Policy doesn’t exclude specific types of homes. We review every enquiry with the dogs’ individual needs in mind. At our centre, we are helping some of the most vulnerable dogs in the community. They’ve often suffered trauma and need rehabilitation for issues such as aggression towards other dogs, nervousness around strangers and severe resource guarding (protecting possessions). This means we’re looking for very specific homes for our dogs. And unfortunately, not everybody will be able to offer a home which provides the environment and support they need. But we can still help you with finding a dog elsewhere.
Do you rehome dogs to families with young children?
Yes, if it’s the right thing for the dog then we will rehome to families with children of any age. However, the number of child-friendly dogs being brought into our care is low, and seems to be declining. Many of our dogs have complex needs including behavioural issues such as aggression that can be triggered when they’re uncomfortable – making them unsuitable for a home with young children.
I live in a flat. Will you rehome a dog to me?
Yes, if it’s the right thing for the dog then we will rehome to a flat. We take time getting to know each dog individually to help us understand the type of home they need to live a happy life. Often this will involve considering the environment to ensure it doesn’t trigger any behavioural problems or emotional distress. Equally, we also take time to understand the type of life you are able to offer a dog in your home. If you enquire about a particular dog and are told that a flat environment is not suitable, please don’t take this personally. It simply means your home isn’t quite right for that dog, but there may be other dogs who could comfortably live in a flat.
I don't have a garden, can I still register to rehome a dog from you?
Yes, if it’s the right thing for the dog then we will rehome to a home without a garden. Although a garden is essential for some dogs, it’s not for others.
We take time getting to know each dog individually to help us understand the type of environment they need to live a happy life. For those dogs who can’t be let off the lead for safety reasons, a garden will be needed so they can stretch their legs. But if you don’t have a garden, there are other options such as enclosed walking fields that are available for private hire. If you enquire about a particular dog and are told that they must go to a home with a garden, please don’t take this personally. It just means that for that particular dog a garden is very important to their wellbeing.
I would like to adopt a puppy. Do you have any at Wood Green?
It is quite rare for us to have puppies. When we do, they are often rehomed very quickly due to the huge demand for them. For this reason, it is quite unlikely that you will find a puppy to adopt at Wood Green, but you are still welcome to complete a registration to let us know you’re looking. And don’t forget we can give you advice on where else to look. Plus, there’s lots of useful information on our website such as this article on what you need to know before getting a puppy.
I'm looking for a specific breed of dog. Can you help?
The dogs we have available for rehoming can be viewed on our website here. As a rescue organisation, we can’t predict the type of dogs that come through our doors. So it’s impossible to say if we are likely to have a particular type of dog in the future. If you have your heart set on a specific breed, we suggest approaching a rescue organisation which only focuses on that breed. A good place to start is the Kennel Club website.
I'm looking for a hypoallergenic dog. Do you have any available for rehoming?
The dogs we have available for rehoming can be viewed on our website here. As a rescue organisation, we can’t predict the type of dogs that come through our doors. But we may very occasionally have breeds which are associated with being good for people with allergies.
When looking for a hypoallergenic dog, it’s important to remember that one person’s allergies can vary greatly from another. Also, an allergy towards dogs is not always caused by their fur and can actually be caused by saliva or dander (skin flakes). This means that even a breed who is considered to shed very little could result in a reaction. If you have an allergy towards dogs, please speak to your doctor first as they can offer advice specific to you that may help. Always ensure that you spend a significant amount of time with a dog before you adopt them, to see whether or not this interaction causes a reaction.
I'm unsure about the right type of dog for me. Can you help?
Absolutely. It’s great that you’re taking the time to consider the right dog for you – after all, getting a dog is a big commitment. You’re in the right place to get all the advice you need on making an informed choice. A good place to start is our website, where you’ll find lots of useful advice from our experts – including an article on what to think about before getting a dog. We also host a number of different workshops at our centre and online – find out more about them here.
With so few dogs available for rehoming, why do you regularly ask for donations to care for them?
At Wood Green, we not only take in homeless dogs, but also cats and small animals too. With dogs in particular, we are seeing more and more coming into our care with complex needs. This means dogs requiring operations for serious conditions or specialist support for behavioural problems – often resulting in a longer stay with us.
As well as being there for pets who need us today, we want to be there for those that need us tomorrow. That includes emergency intakes, which is likely to rise due to the boom in puppy purchases in lockdown. Everything we do at Wood Green has been made more difficult by the pandemic – we need continued support to keep on running our vital services.
Is there a minimum and maximum age requirement for someone who wants to rehome a dog from Wood Green?
We don’t rehome dogs to anyone under 18 years old unless they live with someone of this age or above who can give permission – this person must also be the homeowner. Whilst there is no upper age limit, we only match dogs with people who are able to meet the needs of the dog they want to adopt.
Adopting a cat
How much does it cost to rehome a cat from Wood Green?
It costs £85 to rehome a kitten (up to 16 weeks old) and £70 to rehome an adult cat. This fee includes:
- Neutering (if required).
- First courses of vaccinations.
- Flea and worm treatment.
- Four weeks of free Petplan insurance.
We also offer free behavioural support for the rest of the cat’s life, along with advice on caring for other pets you may have. Find out more here.
I would like to adopt a kitten. Do you have any at Wood Green?
We do occasionally have kittens available for rehoming but demand for them is extremely high. If you are looking for a kitten, please ensure that you have completed the full registration form on our website. A member of our team will get in touch with you if we have a kitten that is a good match for your home. We kindly ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your registration, as our teams are very busy and unfortunately unable to respond to everyone. In the meantime, why not have a look at the advice on our website here.
Can I hire a cat to catch rodents?
We do not provide this as a service at Wood Green – all of our cats are looking for permanent homes. We trialled a partnership several years ago in London, where home owners could apply to temporarily foster a cat to help with their vermin problem. However, this has since been discontinued.
Can I rehome a cat to be indoor living only?
At Wood Green, we rehome our cats with the intention of them having access to the outdoors on a regular basis. Indoor-only cats are restricted from fulfilling natural behaviours, which can often build frustrations that may lead to stress and depression. This can present itself as troublesome behaviours, causing issues for both the cat and the owner. Occasionally an exception will be made if it’s in the cat’s best interests to be rehomed in a purely indoor environment or with restricted outdoor access. For example, agoraphobia or extreme cases of compromised sight and/or hearing.
Do I need to have a cat flap to rehome a cat from you?
No, not all cats will need a cat flap in the house as long as the cat can gain access outside via a door or window. If you are unable to have a cat flap fitted in your house then a good alternative could be to fit one in a garage or a shed. This can provide your cat with somewhere to shelter if you are not at home.
I already have a cat – would you rehome me another one?
Yes, we would but it very much comes down to considering the individual cat. As naturally solitary animals, cats don’t always appreciate having to share their space with others. So it’s important to find a good match and to introduce them carefully to help a positive relationship develop. For more information on introducing cats to other cats, read this helpful article on our website.
Is there a minimum and maximum age requirement for someone who wants to rehome a cat from Wood Green?
We don’t rehome cats to anyone under 18 years old unless they live with someone of this age or above who can give permission – this person must also be the homeowner. Whilst there is no upper age limit, we only match cats with people who are able to meet the needs of the cats they want to adopt.
Adopting a small pet
How much does it cost to rehome a small pet from Wood Green?
The rehoming fee for each of our small pet species is outlined below, along with what is included.
- Chickens – £5.00 each
- Small Cockerels – £5.00 each
- Large cockerels – £10.00 each
- Ducks – £10.00 each
- Geese – £10.00 each
- Rabbits – £20.00 each – includes neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and four weeks of free Petplan insurance.
- Guinea Pigs – £15.00 each
- Ferrets – £20.00 each – includes neutering, vaccinations and microchipping
- Chinchillas – £20.00 each
- Neutered rats – £15.00 each
- Un-neutered rats – £10.00 each
- Degus – £10.00 each
- Hamsters – £10.00 each
- Gerbils – £10.00 each
- Mice – £5.00 each
We also offer free behavioural support for the rest of the pet’s life, along with advice on caring for other pets you may have. Find out more here.
Can I rehome a single small pet? For example, one rabbit or guinea pig.
Many of our small pets are social species (hamsters excluded). It’s important for their wellbeing that they are able to live with companions. If you currently have a single rabbit or guinea pig, we are able to rehome you another single pet of the same species to keep your existing pet company. You are also welcome to take advantage of our mixing service, which involves our team arranging introductions between the pets at our centre. If this would be your first rabbit or guinea pig, we would be looking to rehome you a pair or group. This ensures that their companionship needs are met in their new home.
Can I buy accommodation for small pets from you?
Unfortunately, we are not able to supply accommodation for small pet species. Please visit the links below for more information on providing high welfare accommodation for these species, including tips on how to build your own. It’s extremely important that even our smallest of animals are provided with plenty of space to enable them to engage in natural behaviours.
Where can I rehome a small pet from?
We understand it can be tricky to know where to look for small pets. There are various options including rehoming from a rescue, purchasing or rehoming from a pet shop, buying from a breeder, or buying through a private sale (online or through someone you know). Get more advice on this here.
Wherever you get your new pet/s from, we recommend that you take a look at our health check advice articles. This information will help to ensure you are getting a healthy pet. It is always advisable to take your new pet/s to a local vet as soon as possible and register them. Your vet can then give them a full health check to give you peace of mind, as well double check that the gender/s of your pet/s are what you expected. This helps avoid any unplanned litters too!
When enquiring about a pet from another organisation or individual, if something does not feel right or your questions aren’t answered then we strongly advise that you do not rehome the pet.
How can I choose the right small pet for me and my family?
Watching our video on what to think about when getting a small pet is a good place to start – see it here. If you have any more questions, we’d be happy to help. Contact our team on 0300 303 9333 and we can talk through what you’re looking for in a pet. This will help you narrow down the species and take the next steps.
Are all of your small pets neutered and vaccinated?
All of Wood Green’s rabbits and ferrets are neutered and vaccinated. For other species, it will depend on their individual needs. But if necessary, we will also neuter male rats, guinea pigs, mice, chinchillas, gerbils and degus.
How long will I be waiting before I can rehome a small pet?
Once your accommodation for that species is in place and has been approved by our team, we can reserve your animal/s and arrange an appointment for you to rehome them. If you do not have an enclosure already, please let us know when completing our online registration form. We will then send you our requirements for that species and help you get the right set up in place. If you are looking for a companion for your rabbit or guinea pig, we offer a mixing service. However, the demand is high, so there may be a bit of a wait. But rest assured, we will help find a new companion for your pet as soon as we can.
How can I reserve any small pets that I've seen on your website?
To reserve a small pet from Wood Green, please complete your full registration form and wait for a member of our team to get in contact. You will need to get the enclosure set up and ready first before reserving any animals. Sometimes it can take a few weeks (or potentially longer) to get everything ordered and delivered. Once you have everything set up, we can then see which animals we have available at that time and help you find the right one/s for you.
I'm looking for a friend for my small pet, can you help?
Yes, we can help you find a companion for your existing small pet. Companionship of the same species is so important for the wellbeing of many small animals. We have a range of helpful information in the advice section of our website about the process of introducing your pet to a new friend. We also offer a mixing service where your small pet can come and stay at our centre. This involves them being mixed with another pet in neutral territory under the watchful eye of an experienced member of the team. The service is available for rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, mice and gerbils. We are more than happy to offer advice on mixing degus, chinchillas and domestic fowl in your own environment too.
Is there a minimum and maximum age requirement for someone who wants to rehome a small pet from Wood Green?
We don’t rehome small pets to anyone under 18 years old unless they live with someone of this age or above who can give permission – this person must also be the homeowner. Whilst there is no upper age limit, we only match small pets with people who are able to meet the needs of the small pet they want to adopt.