Restrictions in England and Wales due to Covid 19 are changing regularly and we need to alter our adoption processes to ensure we are meeting Government requirements and keeping people safe. Overall we are still rehoming, predominantly using a remote process. Depending on local restrictions we may be able to allow some visits by appointment or we might need to deliver the animal to you.
Idlewild Animal Sanctuary
Animal Surrender Policy
All animals that are surrendered to the care of the sanctuary must be brought to us by the current legal owner or their owners next of kin if the owner is deceased. Current photographic ID must be shown when signing a surrender form. No animal will be admitted into our care without current ID having been seen. In the event that the owner is deceased, then a death certificate must be seen along with evidence of the connection of the person handing over to the current legal owner
Once you have done this and found an animal you would like to meet, you need to contact the sanctuary by either calling the team on 01492 558691 or Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here are the most frequently asked questions
All animals that are surrendered to the care of the sanctuary must be brought to us by the current legal owner or their owners next of kin if the owner is deceased. No animal will be admitted into our care without current ID having been seen. In the event that the owner is deceased, then a death certificate must be seen along with evidence of the connection of the person handing over to the current legal owner. This can be in the form off a power of attorney or probate forms.
In the event that the owner is deceased, then a death certificate must be seen along with evidence of the connection of the person handing over to the current legal owner. This can be in the form off a power of attorney or probate forms. If these are not available, then a solicitor’s letter confirming the legal rights of the person handing over the animal to do so. An animal surrender form will be completed for all animal being surrendered into the sanctuary’s care.
All the current owners’ details, animals’ details, current veterinary practice, relevant medical history and reasons for the animal being surrender into the care of the sanctuary must be completed. By signing the surrender form the person is confirming they are the legal owner and to their knowledge no other person has any rights to this animal. The person signing the surrender form is surrendering all rights to the animal and signing it into the ownership of Idlewild animal sanctuary. Once the animal is relinquished the animal will not be returned to the owner unless this is agreed by the Sanctuary.
All animals incoming to the sanctuary will be scanned for a microchip and the chip details will be checked against the database before the animal is signed over. The details on the microchip must match that of the current owner and ID shown. If this is not the case the current owner registered to the microchip, will be contacted directly to ensure the animal is legally being handed wither their knowledge and has not been stolen or a missing pet. If the microchip is an overseas microchip, then a pet passport or documentation relating to the import of the animal must be shown before the Sanctuary will take the legal ownership of the animal. Any animal that appears to have been imported but no documentation can be presented then the case will be referred to DEFRA to ensure the animal is illegally present in the UK and has been subjected to the correct controls and checks.
All animals that have been vaccinated must be presented with a current vaccination certificate or if this is lost then the veterinary details of the vet the animal is registered with and the vet will be contacted to confirm the animal is vaccinated and when these are due again. All animals once surrender will have a vet check up and then be microchipped if not already microchipped. All animals will be vaccinated, or vaccinations brought up to date before the animal leaves our care. All animals that are not neutered and are old enough, will be neutered as soon as possible. In the event an animal is not old enough to be neutered then a neutering voucher will be issued at the time of the rehoming. All animals surrendered will be held in our care for a minimum of 7 days before being rehomed).
Claiming ownership of an animal policy
To claim ownership of an animal surrendered to the Sanctuary; The “owner” has 7 days to contact the sanctuary regarding the animal, to report it missing or enquire if we have the animal. After this holding period of 7 days, if the animal is not claimed then the animal will be available for rehoming. If an owner contacts the Sanctuary after this 7 day period, then the animal may be returned on the discretion of the Manager. However, if this animal has been rehomed then there will be no claim on the animal as it will have been held for the 7 days prior to rehoming.
- If the animal is microchipped an owner must have the microchip paperwork and the animal must be registered to their address in their name with an up to date contact number.
- If the animal is not microchipped or registered then the animal (Dog, Cat or Rabbit) must be chipped and/or registered before being returned to the owner to prevent this from happening again. The cost of this process must be covered by the owner.
- The owners MUST provide an up to date vaccination record in their name and at their current address.
- If the animal is not vaccinated then this must be done before the animal is returned and the cost covered by the owner for the full vaccination course.
- The owners must provide Photo Identification to confirm the identity of the owner and this must match the name and address on the vaccination certificate and microchip.
- If an animal is in poor health when brought to the Sanctuary then an owner must either provide proof that the animal is and has been treated by a vet with a receipt to show this treatment and the receipt must show the name and address of the owner. Any medical treatment required will be provided under the veterinary advice without exception whilst in our care in order to ensure the welfare of the animal.
If ownership is proven by means of the above documentation then the owner would need to cover the cost of all veterinary treatment recommended by the vets during the animals stay at the sanctuary. Plus cover the food and care cost of the animal whilst at the sanctuary at a rate of £7.00 per animal per day.