Easterleigh is an independent animal sanctuary which takes in abandoned and unwanted animals, it is a registered charity and relies totally on donations and fund-raising to continue its work. Unlike many rescue centres Easterleigh does not restrict itself just to dogs, cats and other small pets but also has horses and even on occasion pigs, chickens and geese! They also stress that they never have a healthy animal put to sleep. It is a big barn of a place and is very relaxed, you can just walk around unaccompanied to look at the animals and if you are interested in adopting one you can see a member of staff who'll talk you through the whole procedure. If you would like to adopt an animal there is a mandatory home visit just to check that the home is suitable for the particular animal chosen. It is also worth noting that in the case of tenants they require some form of consent from the landlord of the property to confirm that pets are allowed at the property. They ask for a donation upon adoption which was £50 for a cat when I visited. So, if you're considering a cat or a dog (or even a pig!) as an addition to to your family why not check out Easterleigh? It is far better than buying an animal from a breeder or puppy farm and you'll be giving some little critter who's down on its luck a second chance at a happy life, not to mention all the joy it will bring into your own life :-)
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