Due To The Current Health Crisis

Woodside Animal Centre is closed to the public until further notice

We have now resumed adoptions for Dogs and Cats. All rehoming will be conducted differently to usual, to ensure we observe safe practice of social distancing. If you are interested in adopting an animal in our care, please apply via the animal's profile page, a member of the team will then contact you to discuss the animal and the adoption process.

If you need to contact us urgently, please use the following contact details:

0116 233 6677

Please note that this closure does not affect our commitment to animal welfare.

Thank you for your continued support. 💙

Adoption Process


All of our animals looking for their forever homes are shown on our rehoming pages, so please do keep checking back. Once you see a pet that you might like to adopt, please get in touch to talk to a member of our team, who can confirm initial suitability and availability for you.  We will happily register your interest in adopting a specific pet via email or phone, but to make a reservation you must come down to the centre to complete our initial interview form and, if everything goes well, meet the animal. 


Our animal viewing hours are between 11-4pm Mondays to Fridays and 11-3pm Saturdays and Sundays. You are very welcome to come down to the centre to view the animals available for adoption and ask any questions you have.

We assess our animals carefully and will ensure that their needs are put first with any adoption. We will encourage you to come and visit as many times as you can during the adoption process, so that you have the best chance to build a bond and get to know your new friend. You will be able to talk to the staff and ask them any questions you have. We will also go through the adoption process with you in more detail, and you will have a nutrition talk in our on-site Pet Shop, where you will learn about what brands of food we feed and why, as well as the diet that your new pet should be eating once they arrive home.


Once everyone in the family has met the animal, relevant documentation has been received, and all parties are happy with the adoption, you will be put through to home visit stage. A volunteer home visitor will contact you to arrange a convenient date and time for your home check – usually within 7 days. You will be able to arrange an appointment to take your new pet home after your successful home visit.


There will be an adoption fee, which varies per animal, and is payable on the day of collection. It always includes:

– Vaccination
– Deflea & worm
– Neutering (spay / castrate)
– Microchip
– Any other veterinary care they have had
– 4 weeks Pet Insurance with Pet Plan

You must bring a secure carrier with you when collecting cats, or well-fitting, safe and secure equipment for collecting dogs. You will also need to be able to transport your dog securely in your vehicle. We will always be happy to help you with measuring and fitting equipment and accessories. Sometimes, we will let you know that your dog needs to go home with specific walking equipment e.g. harness, headcollar. If you have any questions, please ask.

It is the law that any dog in a public place must wear an ID tag with their keeper’s surname and address (including postcode), so please bring one of these with you. All of these items, including personalised engraved tags, can all be purchased in our on-site Pet Shop, where all profits come straight back to the centre. Don’t forget to use your 10% discount on the day of adoption!


You and your new family member will then be ready to start your life together! We’d love for you to keep in touch by sending stories and photos, as well as coming along to our fundraising events. Many of our dogs love coming back to visit the centre, stocking up on great quality food and treats – as well as plenty of fuss from our loving volunteers and staff! You’re always welcome to get in touch with us with any questions, no matter how long it has been since you took your pet home.