These days though, it's very different. I saw Twiggy on the RSPCA's Facebook page and we went to visit her in her foster owners home.
We were then given a home visit to chat with a volunteer from the RSPCA about why we wanted a cat and to make sure we understood the responsibilities.
We went to collect Twiggy a couple of days later. The process was really quick and easy and we now have our wonderful cat Twiggy as part of the family.
If you are thinking about getting a new pet, I'd really urge you to consider the RSPCA first. Their branches can be found easily on Facebook and in my experience, it's a great way to give a pet a loving home.
I've put together a little list of pros and cons from our experience so far in case it's useful.
1. You give an unloved animal a forever home.
2. For a donation of £60 they come to you neutered, microchipped and had their jabs. They will also have been given flea and worming treatments and will have had a health check.
3. If you choose an older animal they should be toilet trained and use a scratch post.
4. They are used to using carry cages.
5. They will generally eat whatever and sleep wherever!
6. The RSPCA will help you choose a pet which will suit your family situation.
7. You can view the animals and read about them in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else for that matter!
8. Most of the pets are already socialised.
1. They may have established habits, ours licks you constantly (not nice!)
2. Because you have to keep them indoors they go cabin crazy cause they are used to going out! After just 2 weeks, Twiggy is quite literal climbing the walls!
Disclaimer: this post is in no way sponsored by the RSPCA. It's a charity I now support wholeheartedly and I wanted to share our recent experience with you.