There are a lot of questions that we get asked quite regularly. Bearing in mind that there is no such thing as a stupid question, we are going to put some of the more frequently asked questions here along with their answers so hopefully we can help to inform and educate people in a way that doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable. The one question we consider stupid is one that doesn’t get asked.
This page will hopefully grow over time. If you have a question about an animal or about the charity that you would like an answer to then please leave it in the comments box and we will reply as soon as an answer is available. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
Q: I already have other pets in my home, can I still adopt another animal from you?
A: Normally yes. Owning other animals does not automatically disqualify you from adopting an animal from us regardless of its species. We would advise you that some animal combinations are not recommended but we will talk through the entire situation with you. For example we would only home an indoor rabbit to go to a home with a dog if the dog had a good temperament and the owners could guarantee the two would not be left unsupervised together.
One other thing to consider is that we would ask that other animals in the home be neutered, especially if adopting a member of the same species. This shows that you are a responsible animal owner and offers another layer of protection for our animals as neutered animals often have a milder temperament.
Q: I live quite a distance away from your sanctuary, can I still adopt an animal from you?
A: We routinely perform home checks for our animals up to 1 hours driving distance away however we may on occasion extend that distance if we feel the home is a special one and one that we are confident will pass. Please contact us and discuss your specific situation with us before you visit if you are unsure. It may also be the case that we have an associate in your local area who could do a home check on our behalf.
Q: I’ve just joined your sponsorship program, does the money I give really go to help the animals?
A: Every penny we receive goes to help our animals in one way or another. Sponsorship money from our ‘Sponsor a pen’ program does go into our development fund which helps to pay for development and refurbishment projects to repair existing accommodation and to provide new accommodation for all of our animals.
Straight donations also help our animals but may go towards the costs of vet bills or running our animal ambulance. If you would like a donation to help a specific species then you are more than welcome to state this when donating either in person or on paper and we will allocate the funds per your wishes.
Remember, we are fully funded by donations from individuals like you and rely on your support to stay open.
Q: What does the future hold for abandoned animals?
A: That depends on the circumstances under which they were abandoned. Hundreds of animals every year are handed over to us by their owners because for whatever reason, they can no longer look after their animals. For these animals the future is quite bright, these animals we are able to help. We also get a lot of animals, mainly cats, left overnight at our gates. These ones we worry about greatly as we only find these animals in the morning when staff arrives to unlock and check on our animals. Anything could happen to these poor animals left all alone and defenseless out in the cold. Fortunately, most of these animals are found safely but it could be so very different for them.
The ones we worry about the most are the animals that are simply let go on roadsides or in the country side. Every year far too many dogs cats and rabbits are left alone to fend for themselves out in the wild. Some pet owners believe that their dog/cat/rabbit will fall back on its natural instincts and will be able to look after itself. This is not the case. Cats born and raised in a domestic home may still hunt but rarely know what to do with their prey once they have killed it, dogs are now too loud and bouncy to hunt effectively and domestic rabbits lack the burrow building skills necessary to build themselves safe shelters in the wild.
Thankfully, with the efforts of charities like ourselves these animals do have a hope and can be successfully rehabilitated back into domestic life.
Q: How many animals were abandoned in 2010?
A: In 2010 the Society for Abandoned Animals took in 215 cats and kittens and 85 rabbits. All of these animals received the same level of care, attention and welfare that we provide all of the animals that come through our doors.