Advice Centre

If you have any question regarding Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, check the FAQ section to check your question has not already been answered.

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Advice for... Prospective Pet Owners

How do I begin the adoption process?

To begin the adoption process, you will need to come and visit us at Thornberry, chat with staff to find out more about the animal you are interested in, have a ‘Meet and Greet’ and fill in an enquiry form. The ‘Meet and Greet’ is designed to allow you to interact with animal and get an idea of their character, behaviour and energy level. It also allows you to ask any more questions you may have about the animal. Our enquiry form is designed to ask specific questions regarding your home life, experience and reasons for wanting to adopt. Your answers will make it able for our staff to determine the suitability of the animal you are applying for.

How do you look after a horse?

The main things to consider when looking after your horse are the basics – horses to be fed the right nutrition regularly and in small amounts throughout the day, alongside have a constant supply of fresh water. Being able to roam and exercise is also an important aspect of equine day-to-day activity. Read our article here to find out more.

How to get in touch

If you have any question regarding Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, volunteering, fundraising or adopting, check the FAQ section to check your question has not already been answered. From there you can call, email or visit us at the sanctuary to have your questions answered by our team of animal careers. Alternatively, you can read any of the related articles to find out more.

What can I expect as a first time cat owner?

Cats, although considered an easy pet to keep when compared to dogs and rabbits, still require a lot of care, time and money to keep. Cats will become destructive if not provided with the correct scratch posts, cat litter or diet and even then may still scratch your new curtains to pieces. A cat’s natural instinct is to mark their territory using their pads and claws and for some cats that doesn’t just mean their scratch posts. The average cost per year to keep a cat is, according to cats.org.uk, is between £200 and £700. Cats can be kept inside or have access to explore outside, both having pros and cons. For more information, please contact Thornberry Animal Sanctuary for more information. Should you decide to do further reading please check your sources as only reputable sources will have accurate and reliable information.

What can I expect as a first time dog owner?

Dogs are a big commitment and every year dogs of all breeds and ages are rehomed because their owners were not prepared for them. The basic requirements for any animal to be kept lawfully are set out by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and require you to provide the animal with sufficient and suitable food, water, comfort, care and exercise. Larger dogs will require more food and are usually more expensive than their smaller counterparts. The average price to keep a dog, according to petwebsite.co.uk, is between £600 and £1,100 pound per year. Not only is there a financial contribution but also a time contribution. Every dog will require a certain amount of exercise, mental stimulation and training daily. Failure to contribute to your dog’s energy needs may result in destructive and dangerous behaviours forming. For more information, please contact Thornberry Animal Sanctuary for more information. Should you decide to do further reading please check your sources as only reputable sources will have accurate and reliable information.

Advice for... Pet Owners

How the Thornberry Advice Centre works?

The Thornberry Advice Centre is a collection of articles that are aimed at informing our patrons about pet ownership, adoption and fundraising as well as a FAQ section where all our most frequently asked questions have been answered for you.

What is the Thornberry Advice Centre?

Here at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary we want to promote safe and responsible pet ownership and our Advice Centre is aimed at finding more out about our adoption process, how adopting a Thornberry animal will differ from buying an animal, what to expect for first time owners and lots more articles revolving around rescue animals and their stories. You can find out how to volunteer and what kind of experience you can expect and how Thornberry works with the local community to make animals lives better. All our articles will be written by or approved by the Thornberry Team and will be aimed at rescue, education and fundraising.

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