If you are considering adopting one of these dogs, please read the notes at the bottom.
The RSPCA Westmorland have now opened their web site, so to view RSPCA Westmorland dogs visit http://www.rspca-westmorland.org.uk/
For all the latest RSPCA Westmorland pets which are looked after here at Milnthorpe
Neutering vouchers for Bull breeds or those on benefits.
Subsidised neutering vouchers are available from us through the Dogs Trust for people on means-tested benefits or those with a bull breed.
Our scheme is available to anyone on a means-tested benefit (Income support; Jobseeker’s Allowance; ESA, Child Tax Credit, Working tax credit; Housing Benefit; Council Tax reduction/ Council tax Support; Universal Credit Pension Credit or a tenant of the NI Housing Executive). Many of our local vets are able to take these vouchers. We have a list of vets that are taking part in this scheme, so please phone and check with us about your vet or phone the Dogs trust hotline on 0333 202 1148.
If you are on one of the benefits listed you simply take along some proof of your benefit to the kennels and we can issue a voucher. If the voucher is for a bull breed, simply call in for a voucher.
- Neutering has benefits that apply not only to dogs and cats but also to other animals such as rabbits and ferrets.
- Neutering prevents females coming into season, when they may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have false pregnancies.
- Neutering prevents the risk of testicular cancer in males and uterus infections and cancers in females.
- In male dogs and cats, neutering can reduce urine marking and roaming.
- Neutering can reduce aggressive behaviour in mature male ferrets, as well as the smell often associated with them! Neutering a female ferret can also prevent often severe health problems such as alopecia and anaemia.
- Unspayed female animals can be messy when they come into season - during this time, females can bleed for up to three weeks.
- Animals don’t respect family relationships - siblings will mate. This increases the risk of offspring with birth defects and deformities.
- Neutering animals can reduce the risk of them being stolen for breeding.
- Vet fees for problems during or after pregnancy and birth can be expensive. Offspring might need veterinary attention too.
- Owners have a responsibility to meet their animal’s needs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Pregnant and nursing animals need even more care, and their offspring will be equally as demanding. When the young are ready to be rehomed, you need to ensure that they are vaccinated, wormed and flea treated, which you will also need to be able to afford.
Taking on a new dog is a big step. Before you look at dogs it is good to be honest about the time you have available to train a puppy or adult rescue dog. It takes 3 days for a dog to know where it is, 2 weeks for a dog to know where it fits into a pack and normally about a year to adapt and train into a normal family life. Relationships take time, so please do not expect too much too soon from your dog. The first few months with your dog will take time and patience from everyone in the household. After this, the relationship will grow, but you need to consider that the first year of it's life with you will require considerable chunks of your time and feedback on a daily basis. This is why it is our policy not to rehome a dog to a household where both partners are out at work all day.
The next step in deciding what is the right dog for your home is to consider things like the space you have in your home, what level of exercise the dog requires, what level of grooming or additional care (e.g. overcoming shyness). Shy dogs are not happy in homes with energetic children. Engergetic dogs may create trouble and disruption if you are not a family that likes to play games with him or her. Do you have the patience, steadiness and stregnth to train a dog that is not good on a lead to become well healed. Do you have other pets to consider ; cats or small animals - how would they cope with the change.
We welcome enquiries and will try and give as much information as we can about each individual and advise on their good traits and where they might need help. If you find one that is right for you the process works like this;
- You and all your household come and meet the dog and agree that this is the right dog for you. This meeting should include any other dogs that he/she may be sharing with.
- You let the re-homing team know that you wish to reserve the dog
- The re-homing team arrange a home check (normally very quickly subject to your availability and theirs).
- During the home visit the dogs needs will be discussed. The home visit team will ring us to confirm all is okay.
- You collect the dog and complete the paperwork and a recommended donation of £100 is taken. You can then enjoy building a long term relationship with them, one step at a time. The dogs will normally be neutered / spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.
We support our ex-strays with food, kenneling and ensure where possible they all go to their new home microchipped, vaccinated and neutered. This can at times become costly, particularly when we are support a sick abandoned animal through a medical issue. So any donations, however small, are always welcome at the kennels.
Click Here for A web site for rescue pets. Lost & Found pets.
Click Here for Everychance Rescue
If you are looking for a specific breed there are generally rescue societies for that breed, which can be found through the Kennel Club web site;
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