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Our Rehoming Process

I would like to rehome a small animal – what do I do?
How much does it cost to rehome a small animal?
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I would like to rehome a small animal – what do I do?

  • Small animals are available from both our Godmanchester and Heydon CentresYou don’t need an appointment to come and visit the small animals.

  • The first step is to complete one of our Homefinder Forms so that we know a little bit about your lifestyle, and we like to meet the whole family. You can download a Homefinder Form and bring with you, or complete one when you visit the centre.

  • For security reasons we ask to see two forms of identification, one of which must show your current address.

  • If you rent your home, we ask for written consent from your landlord stating that they’re happy for you to have a pet on the premises. If this is noted on your lease or tenancy agreement, we are happy to accept a copy of this.

  • If you have existing pets in your home, we need to be sure that they will get on with a new addition.

  • Some animals are able to go to their new homes very quickly, or even straight away, while others need to remain with us until they have been neutered or have recovered from any ailments.

  • We’re happy to hold a rabbit, ferret or a guinea pig for up to two weeks while accommodation is arranged and we will hold all other small animals for up to a week.

  • Rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets will require a home visit before they can go to their new homes.

How much does it cost to rehome a small animal?

  • The cost of rehoming a rabbit or ferret is £20

  • The cost of rehoming a guinea pig is £15

  • The cost of rehoming a rodent (mice, rats, degus, gerbils, hamsters) is £10

You can find out more about small animals by visiting our small animal  advice section.

For further information on rehoming or to enquire about a specific small animal, please contact a member of our Small Animal Welfare Team on 0300 303 9333 or by emailing the centres directly:

Godmanchester: smalls.rehoming@woodgreen.org.uk

Heydon: heydonsmallanimals@woodgreen.org.uk

Download a small animal homefinder form