RSPCA Central, West & North East London

24-hour cruelty and advice line: 0300 1234 999

Adoption process

If you want to adopt an animal please

1a) Complete the online adoption form


1b) Call us on 0207 272 2264 (electronic voicemail) and leave a message with your contact details. We aim to respond within 48 hours.

2) We will get in touch to arrange a visit to your home to discuss the environment and answer any questions about the adoption process.

3) Following the home visit, we will advise you on a suitable pet for you and invite you to come and meet them in the Emergency Fostering Unit, in our private boarding establishments, or in the foster home where they are living. If you have a particular animal that you would like to meet, this can also be arranged.

4) When you have met your perfect match, you can complete the adoption and take your new family member home! We will advise on anything you need to bring with you on the day, such as a secure cat carrier if required, which you can also buy at the Emergency Fostering Unit shop.

5) We will either ring you or conduct a follow up home visit to ensure the animal is safe and comfortable in your home and, again, support you if you have any questions or need advice about your new pet.


We recognise that all animals and owners are individuals and consider all circumstances when discussing an adoption, but below are a few questions to consider to help us match you with the right pet and help you decide who is right for you!

Do you have a garden?

Yes – We have a number of animals in our care who are used to an outdoor life and would love a home with a safe and secure garden! Please get in touch to find out more about the dogs, cats and small animals that we have available.

No – Don’t worry; we still have some cats that are ‘indoor’ cats. These cats are used to living indoors and we will be able to offer your support and advice in meeting their welfare needs should you wish to consider them.  However, we will not be able to re-home kittens to a home without a garden. Some rabbits may also be suitable to rehome as ‘house bunnies’. Get in touch to find out more.

Do you own your own home?

Yes – Great – please get in touch to find out more about adoption.

No – This is no problem, although you will need to have written permission from your landlord before you adopt an animal.

This prevents a landlord finding out that you have a pet, being none too pleased about it, and the pet being returned! It is also worth considering that it can be difficult to move house with a pet to rented accommodation so you will need to think about the future. If you think that you may move and this might be a problem in taking an animal in the future, perhaps you might like to consider fostering instead.

Please note we cannot always rehome animals with children under the age of five as many of the animals requiring homes usually need a quieter environment as they settle in. However, thank you for your interest.