We receive a huge amount of emails, please make initial enquiries about animals by phone.

General

  • We are open Tuesday through to Saturday between Noon and 4pm.    We do not allow general look arounds the kennels unless on one of our Official Open Days held throughout the year.  These will be advertised on our website and facebook page.  Please do not visit outside these hours as you will be unable to see the animals, your journey will be wasted and you will have taken time away from the animals. Please make sure you leave plenty of time to meet the animal concerned.  Last viewing is at 3:30 as we need to close at 4pm prompt to ensure the animals are kept in a routine. Always ring before any journey to make sure the animal(s) you are interested in are still up for rehoming. Please note as a minimum we will need proof of ID and address before anyone can take a dog out for a walk. 

  • Why do you want a pet? Pets may be with you for many years. If the pet is for a child, how long will that child remain interested and when that interest has worn off are you prepared to give the pet the attention it will continue to need.

  • Are you about to have a life changing event? Moving home, new baby – this is not the time to get a new pet.

  • Can you afford a pet? Have you considered insurance and if not how would you pay for an unexpected emergency. Are you prepared to maintain a parasite control program, and one that works? Vaccinations must be carried out yearly and in some cases 6 monthly.

  • How many hours are you planning on leaving the animal alone? Is this an appropriate length of time?

  • How much time do you have for the animal, sun, wind, rain and snow.

  • What will you do with your pet while on holiday? If using a boarding facility do you know a local facility and do you know the costs?

  • Don’t expect to take an animal home the first time you come to us.

  • We do not allow any of our animals to go as a surprise.

  • You must be over 18 to adopt one of our animals

  • We ask for an adoption fee for all our animals. This is non refundable.  The minimum fee is £100 for dogs, £150 – £200 for puppies, £80 for kittens, £55 for cats,  £50 for rabbits neutered, £15 for guineas (these will generally have to go in pairs), £7.50 for other small furries, £15 for ferrets, from£15 for birds. A £20 deposit is payable on agreed reservation and is non refundable in the event you no longer decide to rehome the animal.  Generally this adoption fee does not cover even the basic costs of BARK for the adopted animal.  Please consider an extra donation.  Thank you

  • On collection of your new pet the adoption fee is payable and you will be required to sign our adoption rehoming conditions. This includes in the event a rehoming fails, for any reason, you must contact us to arrange an appointment to return the animal into our care. The animal must not be given to a third party without our prior consent.

  • All our dogs and cats must be neutered, breeding is not allowed from any of our animals for any reason, and vaccinated. If these procedures are not carried out before the animal leaves us they must be carried out at the earliest opportunity and proof provided. If the procedures are carried out at Galedin, who have branches at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Coldstream, Kelso, Galashiels, Eyemouth and Duns we will provide a voucher that will cover the entire cost.

  • All dogs, cats and rabbits require regular worming and flea treatments and a yearly health check up and booster vaccinations. Please check with your vet for the approximate costs of these.  Galedin vets have a pet health Plan which covers these costs and is well worth considering.

  • All animals must be registered with a vet.

  • All dogs and cats will come with four weeks free insurance.  It is highly recommended that this cover be continues.

  • All animals come with a voucher for 10% off your first purchase at Direct Pets instore

Dogs

  • We carry out home checks for all our dogs. For this reason our normal rehoming area for dogs is within a 15 mile area of the kennels.  Occasionally, subject to the dog having had all vaccinations and veterinary treatment, this area can be extended and if we have a home checker that covers that area although sometimes it may not be possible to place particular animals in those areas due to support we believe necessary.  Current additional areas include Alnwick, Seahouse, Rothbury.  Please note that when a home check takes place we base this on the suitability of your home and lifestyle (not the decor!).  If your garden is not secure this will not be suitable, so please ensure any repairs are carried out before we visit.

  • All pet dogs by law must wear a collar and tag at all times with a minimum of your name and address. This must be in place on collection of one of our dogs.

  • All our dogs are vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, deflead and wormed as appropriate or vouchers supplied for use at Galedin Veterinary only.

  • If you have another dog arrangements must be made for them to visit the centre and meet any possible new dog under supervision, there will need to be at least one handler for each dog.  This can not be done on the first visit.

  • On collection your dog you will need an identification tag, collar, lead and food (we will advise on his/her current diet)

Cats

  • All our cats are vaccinated, neutered, deflead and wormed as appropriate. All cats are microchipped as this offers extra protection for your cat should it be found as a stray.

  • If you have a genuine interest in one of our cats we will arrange for you to view them.

  • We do not allow our cats to go to new homes the same day they are seen.

  • We do not carry out home checks for our cats but need proof of address and details of which vet you will be registered with.

  • On collecting your new cat you will need a cat box (plastic not card), litter tray, bed and food (we will advise on his/her current diet)

  • To adopt a cat from us we will need to be sure he/she will be safe when he/she is finally let out (most cats should be kept in from a minimum of 3 weeks). We will also need proof of address and details of your vet.

Small furries and Birds

  • To adopt a rabbit or guinea pig from us we will need to see photographs of his/her living accommodation and the garden, proof of address and details of your vet.

  • To adopt any other type of animal from us as a minimum we will need to see photographs of his/her living accommodation, proof of address and details of your vet.

  • All our rabbits are neutered, vaccinated and wormed as appropriate.

  • If you are getting one rabbit to bond with another, both must be neutered.

  • We do not allow rabbits and guinea pigs to be housed together.

Sample Adoption Agreement