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Our testimonials so far...
ARC were fantastic once again as we adopted the lovely Alba this summer. We had never homed a cat with additional needs before and the charity offered great support and guidance as well as rightly ensuring our home environment was suitable for her to live in, too.
Alba has really surprised us with how quickly she has adapted to our home (now a couple of months in), her playfulness and patience with our three year old (who adores her!) and we look forward to lots of happy years together.
Thank you to everyone at ARC!
September 28, 2020
We adopted our beautiful girl Phoebe early September. The team were so friendly and approachable. The “home visit” by Whatsapp went smoothly and the overall process was straightforward. Our girl settled in straightaway – as you can see from the photos! Great Charity – please support.
Tash & Micky
September 12, 2020
Always having had cats as part of our family home , it was very sad when we lost Alfie & Leo after a lovely 16 years together.
8 months passed and my Daughter was moving out. We discussed it would lovely to find another cat that needed a loving home and started to look at several rescue centres.
After a few months my friend showed me a picture of a mature male grey and white cat called Scooter !
I instantly loved his profile and made arrangements to see him.
On arrival I was met by a very timid and quiet cat .
Arc charity and vet Wendy helped me understand his needs and his diabetes condition.
Being very happy to take Scooter home in the knowledge we would be supported by the amazing team at Arc !
Now a year on I can say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done… Scooter is flourishing he’s no longer the shy timid boy I first met.
He is the most affectionate and cuddly Cat who never leaves my side. As the picture here demonstrates !
Thank you . Sylvie
August 23, 2020
Trust you are all keeping well in these unusual times.
One year on how time flies I thought you would like to have an update
on my new life. First of all I would to like thank you all for looking after
me and helping to find me a new family. They love and adore me and
their friends that visit soon fall for my charms. They refer to me as a loveable rouge I can’t understand what they mean by that. With a little encouragement I have moulded the staff to my requirements.
They have adapted the house to my specifications and cater to my requirements. I have nice large garden to pass the day away enjoying the fresh air and take a little exercise to please mum/dad (staff) I have lost some weight and seem to have found a happy compromise. I am a lot more nimble now. The little lady cat that was here when I moved in has taken a few weeks to get used to me but we are good friends now.
August 20, 2020
We were lucky to find our boys and adopt them this week (Chilli & Chutney). Although it’s only been a couple of days and we’re all still settling in everything just feels right!
The team at ARC were FANTASTIC! With all their advice they gave us, tips, endless and greatly appreciated information and just making us feel that if there was anything we needed they would be able to help. I felt so comfortable being able to contact the team for advice and was not worried that my questions may be perceived as silly- we can’t wait to make some amazing memories with our new fur babies!
Thanks again to all of the ARC team, we will keep in touch :)
Jazz & Simon x
Jazz & Simon
August 18, 2020
We initially adopted our lovely mature rabbits Harrison and Zigzag from ARC, as I’d wanted to adopt rabbits for some time. Unfortunately, about a year later, Harrison died of EC, and we then went to ARC again to get Zigzag a new wife. ARC supported us throughout the bonding process, and successfully bonded Zigzag with his current wife Winnie. I can’t thank ARC enough, as I definitely wouldn’t be able to bond 2 rabbits easily. ARC were easy to communicate with, and special thanks goes to Claire, who bonded the rabbits, and Gill for finding a wonderful wife or Zigzag. I couldn’t be without my rabbits!
August 18, 2020
We adopted Toby from ARC and the whole process was amazing from start to finish. The adoption took place during lockdown but this didn’t hinder the process at all. Emily at ARC was super speedy in answering all emails during the initial process and the pre-adoption meeting was set up rapidly. Toby was a stray and had only been with ARC for about a week when we adopted him, so although not much was known about him, it was great to meet Toby’s foster carers and to have a handover with them. It was also great to know that he was coming from a comfy home where he had had a week to sleep off the trauma of life on the streets! He has settled in brilliantly and is already best friends with our 4 year old. I approached many organisations in the months prior to finding ARC and ARC was by far the most efficient, friendly, approachable and organised. Thank you all so much.
August 18, 2020
I picked up 2 gorgeous young rats last week from this lovely rescue (Shelby and Soloman). They were friendly and inquisitive straight away and the carrier method Nicole recommended worked well to introduce them to our current 2 rats who are 18 months old. Shelby and Soloman are about 9 months old. I’d definitely recommend not rushing the carrier method especially with male rats. Ours are all currently still bonding in the medium sized holiday cage. Its delightful watching all 4 rats interacting with each other! I’m so pleased we were able to adopt these lovely rats.
July 21, 2020
Once again ARC has been wonderful in helping us to adopt. We chose Marble (formerly Frodo).
From the information posted on the website, to talking through the process and getting to know him thanks to the foster carer, everything was easy and straightforward. Even with COVID19 restrictions in place ARC managed the process really well.
Unfortunately Marble had a tough life as a stray and needed an operation. ARC had already made the necessary arrangements and gave clear information and instructions on what was needed. Everyone I spoke to got back to me really quickly and was patient and helpful in answering all my questions. Marble has now recovered from his op and is settling into his new home. He’s so sweet and gentle and we feel lucky to have him.
ARC is a great charity – thank you for everything you do!
Delwen & Melissa
July 19, 2020
We adopted Elvis and Noodles in April 2019 after wanting to rehome some rabbits for a while.
Arc were so great, easy to communicate with and made it clear what they expected from potential adopters.
We chose Elvis and Noodles as they were of course super cute but also older bunnies and deserved a loving home.
Since adopting joining the facebook group has been a source of great advice and feels like a proper community. We love seeing all the pictures and updates of other animals who have been adopted.
July 5, 2020
Noel was handed over to ARC just before Christmas in a terrible condition. He was about 18 months old. The vet only gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. Fostered by Cathryn Lovell over Christmas, he came home on the 28th of December. I had 8 amazing months with this darling boy. He introduced me to rescue through ARC and I’ve never looked back. Thank you for letting me adopt him ♥ he was a very special little man ♥
July 5, 2020
This was my first time adopting pets and was pleasantly surprised. The application was very straightforward and the communication which followed was brilliant. I was third in line for the rats I wanted to adopt and was kept up to date with the process. Considering the rescue is run by volunteers and they must all be super busy I could not fault the service they provided, particularly during a pandemic. The staff were all so friendly and passionate. I arranged collection of two rats from the fosterer and had a good chat! I could see how well they had been looked after and all went very smoothly. They have settled in with their new friends really well and are such happy rats. It’s great to be able to keep in touch and share updates following their adoption. Thank you so much and keep up the amazing work you do!
July 2, 2020
We adopted our guinea pigs Ollie and Teddy a year ago from ARC. We couldn’t have been happier, the piggies are adorable, and ARC advised us all the way through with regards of what we needed to buy to bring them home. Couldn’t imagine life without our piggy boys now! Fantastic charity, does great work to help animals in need. Adopt, don’t shop!
July 2, 2020
I adopted Humbug from ARC at the end of December 2018.
The process was a breeze and everyone i met was so friendly.
Humbug now lives in a DIY hamster mansion and forages to his hearts content.
He’s becoming an old man now and is slowing down somewhat, but his love for mealworms and kisses never dwindles.
I’ll have no hesitations in going back to ARC for my next adoption.
July 2, 2020
We’d adopted our two baby mice from ARC and it was such a positive experience that we decided we would also adopt 4 rats who needed a home. So Boris, Charlie, Dave and Eddie came to us. Once again ARC provided advice on what was needed. As they are elderly boys with weight problems we received some great advice on how to care for them and get their weight down. They each have their own personalities but Boris is the dominant one and loves food (they all do) and is the one who is most affectionate and always eager to come out and play. They are very keen to come out of the cage and free roam and one of their favourite things is fishing for peas – see photo.
They are great pets and really interact with us – always coming to bars to see what we’re doing.
Amy and Jo
June 20, 2020
We adopted two baby mice a few months ago as we saw a note on Facebook that they needed homes. We’d adopted a guinea pig from ARC a few years ago but thought this time we’d go smaller. We got so much help and advice from Nicole who helped us get the right cage and all the right accessories to make sure they had enough to keep them active and entertained. Nigel and Frankie are such characters, each with their own distinctive personality and are so entertaining to watch. They are very tame and although they’re not keen on being picked up they happily come out of the cage onto your hand and will climb on you. Sitting and watching them scurry around and play in their cage is a great antidote to the stresses of the day. Nocole has kept in touch to see how the boys are getting on and we always know that the help and advice is there should we need it.
June 16, 2020
I thought I’d share with you a few photos of Luigi (formerly Cheeky) in his new abode. After just over a week of being allowed outside, he’s now hugely excited by the garden. We’re glad to say that his enthusiasm for hunting is far greater than his skill! Today he added tree climbing to his repertoire. And then he’s commandeered a chair with a view where he can relax and survey his patch. He’s only been with us for four weeks, but he’s already a big part of the family. He follows us everywhere, loves his food (and sleep) and demands a good brushing every day. He’s such a character – we all love him. Thank you again – we feel very lucky to have found Luigi! (And hope his mum, Mama, is equally happy now too.)
June 15, 2020
I think I just wanted to email you because everyone else is so bored of us talking about our cats now, but I just wanted to let you know how settled Keanu and Kiyla (formally Oleg and Dora) are.
After all their jabs, they finally went out for the first time this week! Still can’t quite work out how to use a catflap but they’re getting there, the little champs.
I said it before but we are just so grateful they are in our lives. It is without doubt the best thing we have ever done. They are utterly perfect.
I promise this won’t be a constant update every few months! I just wanted to let you know they are settled and this is absolutely their forever home :)
June 14, 2020
Thank you so much for everybody at ARC who helped find our widowed Bunny Chester his new life partner.
Unfortunately our first bonding for Chester did not work out, however the team at Arc ( special thanks to Claire) suggested an alternative Bun to try for bonding and it was pretty much love at first sight. Claire kept us regularly updated on their progress and we felt Chester was in very safe and experienced hands.
We are so grateful that we can make two buns very happy but couldn’t have done it without your love, dedication and support for these often very misunderstood wonderful creatures.
Chloe & Neil
June 5, 2020
We rehomed a lovely female rabbit as a companion for our male mini lop. Everyone was so lovely, welcoming and friendly. The process was very easily and they found the perfect wife for our shy little dude. This charity is amazing and deserves so much respect for the great work they do. Gary and Grace are very happy together, and I couldn’t be happier with how their bonding went, big thanks to Gill for that.
May 31, 2020
I cannot thank Animal Rescue and Care enough for bonding my little girl with Basil. I was thinking of bonding Nala for a long time but kept putting it off. When I decided to finally take the plunge some friends of mine recommended Animal Rescue and Care as they had rescued their bunnies from there. I must admit I was so nervous. My little princess could be a real madam and very sassy to say the least. I looked on their website and saw this handsome boy called Basil. I instantly fell in love with him and was hoping Nala would do the same… but I didn’t mind who she bonded with. When we arrived at the rescue centre in Twickenham I was greeted by Gill.. who was so very friendly and took my fears away straight away. She was so kind and caring. I knew Nala was in good hands. And my word Basil was just as handsome in real life. Gill kept me updated all the way through their bonding process… and to my astonishment they hit it off straight away. She sent me photos and videos of them bonding. And the rest they say is history. I have two bunnies who are so in love thanks to Gill and all at the rescue centre. It’s certainly the best thing I’ve ever done for Nala. Basil has changed not only Nala’s life but ours too. Thank you for taking the time to keep me updated and your your hard work. Xx
May 26, 2020
We adopted Luna and Santos almost a month ago. Our loving cat passed away before the lockdown and we found ourselves sad and alone at home with plenty of spare time. And all animal rescue centres were closed.
ARC had developed a coronavirus policy and we followed the whole process and were lucky to get a female and a male cat from the same litter.
Luna and Santos are playful and energetic, but super affectionate.
In spite of the difficult times, we usually find ourselves looking at these two gorgeous creatures and smiling broadly!
Emily was amazing throughout the whole process and we will be eternally grateful to ARC for bringing so much joy into our lives.
Thanks for everything.
May 20, 2020
I fostered a chinchilla named Holmes for ARC back in 2017, with absolutely no intention of keeping him: he had come from a very loving owner in Manchester who, sadly, couldn’t look after him any more. It was clear from the moment he arrived that he was a diva, rattling his cage and glaring at me (“Who are you? I demand attention!”). It only took a couple of weeks of fostering for me to realise that I just wasn’t going to be able to give him up to a new owner – I loved him almost immediately. After fostering everything from cats to rats for ARC, that was a surprise!
Holmes was renamed Charlie Chaplin and now absolutely rules my life. He has a lovely cage, an enormous playpen, gets all the time to play that he wants (supervised, of course) and even has his own air-conditioner for the summer to help him cope with his thick fur. In fact, Charlie is so pampered that sometimes I wonder who is the boss in my house! (Eh, I already know: it’s him.)
He’s always been quite grumpy and hates being handled, but after three years together we’ve bonded so much that I can now blow raspberries on his head and he licks food off my fingers. I can’t imagine life without him now, even though he still won’t let me cuddle him. Maybe in another ten years…
May 17, 2020
After losing our rabbit Joie earlier this year we contacted ARC to adopt a new friend for our remaining rabbit Oscar.
Gill and Fran were absolutely amazing! We initially went to meet Poppy at Fran’s House and then arranged for ARC to do the bonding for us, which took place at Gill’s House.
Oscar spent 2 nights and days at Gill’s house with Poppy. Gill did a great job at keeping us updated with photos and videos. She even has a camera set up to monitor them through the night!
Gill and Fran still offer advice and support through the WhatsApp group they set up for the bonding.
I can’t recommend ARC enough!
Thank you for all your help!
May 16, 2020
We adopted Idris, a male rabbit, last year to keep our female mini lop company, who had sadly lost her sister. The whole process ran so smoothly. Gill was fantastic helping us with the bonding process and following up afterwards. We were so grateful for her help and expertise. Idris and Ziggi are now best of friends and inseparable! I wouldn’t hesitate in returning to ARC for another adoption in the future. Can highly recommend!
May 13, 2020
We adopted Gem & Calpernia, who are gorgeous, happy and easy going bunnies, who have settled-in very nicely with our family with three little girls.
Gill was super helpful in arranging this for us extremely quickly and Hayley, their foster carer, was also extremely quick at responding to all my messages and made us feel very welcome at pick-up. She showed us all her other beautiful rabbits, which was very special.
We are most grateful to them and ARC and wish them all the best!
May 13, 2020
We have just adopted two beautiful rabbits Luna and Hermione (Missy and Nibbles) and couldn’t be happier. They are the friendliest funniest bunnies I’ve ever met, and we feel very lucky to be giving them a forever home, especially after they had been with ARC for over a year, we have decided it must have been fate and they were meant for us!
I can’t thank Gill and Donna enough for all their help and advice, I will certainly be recommending ARC to any friends and family looking to adopt pets, and if we ever extend our fur-family we know where to go!
THANK YOU ❤
May 3, 2020
I contacted ARC on a Monday regarding adopting some bunnies, I found that Gill was excellent at communicating through email. She was very quick and the process went through smoothly. I filled in the forms and sent off the pictures for approval, she viewed and processed them straight away. By Thursday I was allowed to go and view the bunnies and decided to adopt them. When I arrived at the foster home I was greeted by a lovely lady who cared for all the bunnies very well and knew all their personalities and funny quirks. I found this to be very professional yet, a very personal experience. Great care was taken to make sure the bunnies were housed in the right homes with the right people, keeping the bunnies welfare at the top of their priorities. Although this was the case they didn’t lack in friendliness towards us and I felt really comfortable, talking via phone and email as well as collecting them in person. I would definitely recommend ARC as a good place to adopt and would use them again in the future should the need arise. I now have two beautiful bunnies that I have fallen in love with already.
May 1, 2020
My husband and I first came across ARC in 2011, when we lived in Ealing.
I was really impressed by the way that the bunnies were cared for whilst they were being fostered and the due diligence that they did around making sure that they were matching animals to the right home. Although I have had pet rabbits for most of my life, I didn’t realise how badly informed I’d been in the past about things like their living space and diet. ARC recommended a fresh hay supplier to me (I still use the same one today!) and showed me some brilliant spaces for bunnies to explore – I now have an aquarium in my garden with a hutch inside it so that the bunnies always have at least 6 square feet of binkying space at any one time.
In 2011, ARC matched us with two beautiful brothers – Whisper and Dusky. Sadly Dusky’s life wasn’t as long as we’d like it to be and ARC were great at helping us to find and bond Whisper with a new wife-bunny, Molly. Molly was with us for eight years. When she passed away earlier this year, I didn’t know what to do – I didn’t want Whisper to live without a bunny-wife but, now we have had children, we are not sure if we want to keep the cycle of bunnies going indefinitely in our family. Despite having moved to St Albans, we went back to ARC to discuss what we could do. They have matched us with a young bun called Carrie – she’s one of the most beautiful bunnies I have ever seen (she’s the black and white bun in the photo).
ARC have said that we can keep Carrie for as long as Whisper stays with us (hopefully forever) and I’m not sure whether I will ever be able to give her back as she is already an important part of our family. ARC is just wonderful at understanding both the reality of human lives and the importance of making sure animals have the happiest lives.
I could never thank them enough for what they have done for me and my family. Especially Gill and Donna – two wonderful women who bring joy to animals’ and peoples’ lives every single day. Thank you!!
April 30, 2020
We adopted Minnie (previously known and Missy) in 2018. She joined our big black and white moggy Ralphy. Since then due to a sad bereavement in my family she now has another 2 siblings Ghia and her beautiful mini panther son Lukka. The photo shows Minnie with her little brother Lukka enjoying the sun. We’re lucky that all 4 cats have settled in together, but Minnie is certainly “Top Cat”. We were told that she’s a great hunter and spends most of her time outside but in fact she’s very much a lap cat who spends her days curled up, snoozing in a sunny but comfortable spot. She has a bit of a Dreamie addiction and can be very vocal when displeased with your lack of suitable servitude to her. We’re so happy with our little pride of cats and couldn’t imagine life without them!
April 30, 2020
We adopted Dora & Oleg, now Kiyla and Keanu, a week ago from ARC. Despite the most challenging lockdown situation and the hugely changed circumstances Emily was the most efficient, kind, organised person. She helped every step of the way and made the whole process simple. Our two little ones are understandably still very nervy, but the most loving, wonderful little kitties. We can’t imagine not having them in our lives! Feeling fully supported through the whole adoption process made it fun, not nervy, We can’t imagine our lives without them now and I’m forever grateful to ARC! Thank you!
April 27, 2020
When I lost my eldest bunny, I wanted to find a companian for Radar as he was only young. I was put in touch with ARC. Right from the beginning they were fantastic, answering all my concerns and question. Gill came round and did a home check for me, taking Radar back with her, to get the bonding process going. I said that Radar can choose a bunny, but I was interested in one of the “Weather Girls” so Cirrus (Obi) was chosen. Since she has found her feet – Radar doesn’t know whats hit him!! She chases him, nicks his food (even from his mouth) etc, but she loves giving me kisses, playing with her toys, being in the garden, but most of all – she loves Radar.
ARC have been fantastic as I have had a few problems along the way, and they have advised me and guided me all the way. I would recommend anyone looking to adopt to choose ARC.
Thank you for all your help and advise.
April 27, 2020
We adopted Tootsie about a month ago and she’s been an absolute joy to get to know. She was nervous at first but steadily has grown more confident and vocal. She runs around the house following us, playing and gets close for cuddles. Can’t imagine life without her. Thank you ARC for finding us the perfect companion and making the process so simple.
Amy and Nick
April 25, 2020
We adopted Minnie and Rory in January. The process with ARC was straightforward, swift and professional. Gill Manning was hugely helpful and communicated with us every step of the way. It was lovely to meet the foster carers too who keep the bunnies safe (& give them lots of love and carrots) until they are re-homed. And the admin was carried out meticulously, with health records for each rabbit. Also, Gill gave us lots of helpful advice and has kept in touch since. Our two bunnies were saved from a horrendous hoarding situation and now they are living life to the full. Thank you ARC for the amazing work you do bringing happiness to pet owners and animals. We are so grateful to you.
Jenny and Stephen
April 25, 2020
We have adopted 3 lovely animals from ARC. Our now 8 year old bunny, Peppermint. Dougie, a beautiful buck who is now 2 and Pete our tiny Russian dwarf hamster. ARC are such a wonderful charity, a team of dedicated volunteers & fosterers who work tirelessly to rescue & rehome hundreds of animals every year. Always on hand to offer assistance and guidance. We moved away from the area down to Sussex, but still choose to support ARC as the animals are all so well cared for.
April 23, 2020
Thank you ARC for our rabbit Lionel. We had a lonely bun, Poppy, who needed a friend. ARC helped us choose the right rabbit for our family and did the tricky business of bonding the pair, giving us lots of updates on how they were getting on (thank you Claire). The advice and support we received on how to settle them in and take care of them was excellent and being part of the generous and knowledgeable ARC adopter community has been an unexpected bonus.
April 23, 2020
Our adoption of baby bunny, Isla (aka Dickie Bow), with ARC was an amazing experience from the beginning. Her original foster mum, Kate, was so welcoming when we met Isla and her sisters for the first time, giving us a full history and allowing us to spend a lot of time with the bunnies to get to know them before we picked Isla. Kate and the ARC team were incredibly accommodating, as we did things in a slightly unconventional way. But after bringing Isla home and bonding her with my neutered buck, Beau, it was clear that it was a match made in bunny heaven. The continued offer of support and community pages via social media are outstanding.
Kiera and Daniel
April 23, 2020
We adopted our lovely cat May in September 2018 through ARC. ARC were fabulous during the adoption process. We were vetted and then as we had seen May’s photo we went to meet her at her foster home. We brought her home that night! We love her so much and she is the most spoilt member of our household. I would recommend ARC to anyone who wants to adopt an animal.
April 22, 2020
Initially we decided to foster a cat. When we got Gatita, she was skinny and terribly scared. She spent 3 days behind the sofa and it took her a while to get used to the new environment. After a week or so when she started coming out of her shell we knew we couldn’t let anyone else have her. So we adopted her.
Two years later she wakes us up every morning and follows us around the house. She drinks from the taps, sleeps at the bottom of our bed and chases butterflies in the garden. She is a lovely pet and we absolutely adore her. Life is so much better with her.
Monika and Luis
April 22, 2020
We picked our gorgeous boys (now named Silver, Nacho, Cloud & Roxxo) up from ARC at the beginning of Dec 2020. My son had wanted rats for ages and after he had carried out lots of research and was thoroughly prepared, we went to pick them up (all a big Christmas surprise!). We have previously adopted rabbits & guinea pigs from ARC and have always been so impressed with their level of kindness, care and ongoing help & advice after adoption.
Our rat boys have been nothing but joy, I can not thank ARC enough for the time & dedication they must have put into these rats as babies. They are so confident and friendly, they love being handled and have been the perfect little friends for my 10 year old son. They are loved very much. X
Alison & George
April 22, 2020
I have experienced the kindness and love from ARC adopters on many occasions.
I have adopted from them, Wheely the Dwarf hamster arrived to my life two years ago from this amazing Rescue.
I also reached to them when I rescued some animals (a rabbit, two degus, a very sick gerbil and a lone doe rat) that were going to put to sleep by their owner because she couldn’t take care of them anymore. They took them on, making sure their needs and vet visits were covered too.
The level of care and dedication to all the animals in need is absolutely amazing, they go beyond their possibilities to provide them with a loving temporary home whilst waiting for their permanent homes.
Thank you guys for making the world a better place.
Wheely says hi and sends his love :)
April 22, 2020
Posted a little bit late from happy adopters who sent this back in December. We are very thankful for their kind words and donation!
In 2017 we adopted our gorgeous cat “Mouse” from you. She is thriving and is very special to us. We absolutely adore her and she is one of the family.
We always try to support ARC where we can and to that end have decided to send Christmas cards electronically again this year and donate the money saved to ARC to help support the amazing work you do.
Sarah & Lee
April 5, 2020
I am so happy with the two guinea pigs we got from ARC. Our nearly six year old guinea pig was grieving for her friend, and we had a look on the ARC website to see if there were any friends we could get her. Two guinea pigs called Natalie and Magda particularly caught our attention. We went to meet them and they were such lovely piggies. We adopted them a few weeks later and I am so happy that we did and our six year old guinea pig, Toffee, is loving the company with her new friends and is so much happier. The guinea pigs have such lovely personalities, and I would definitely 100% recommend ARC to anyone looking for rescue guinea pigs, or any rescue pet in general. We looked at a lot of websites, but ARC was the best by far. I am so grateful with our lovely piggies and thank you, so, so, so much ARC!
December 16, 2019
Our 6 month old Lionhead bunny Doris was looking for a husbun to live with her in her new bunny shed (husband’s DIY). We saw on the website that a female bunny also named Doris had been dumped at the vets and had given birth to 5 babies (3 girls & 2 boys). As our 6×4 shed and run was big enough to accommodate more than 2 bunnies we decided to see if it would work taking on the 2 boys. Doris was bonded with the 2 boys Sooty & Pickle. Three is the magic number, they get on wonderfully. No issues, no-one left out and love to groom each other. We would recommend the ARC. Thank you to Fran (fosterer) and Gill for the bonding service.
November 10, 2019
Zorro, now known as Bob, has settled in very nicely at Dawes Farm. He has found his feet very quickly, and loves to explore the house with all its knooks and crannies. Bob and Twiggy have yet to become firm friends, but they are beginning to touch noses and having a good sniff of one another. I think 11 year old Twiggy is rather bemused by the antics of 2 year old Bob, as he charges around the house chasing imaginery creatures! He is very affectionate and follows my around like a little dog, and will come and sit on my lap when he feels like being quiet. He has had his second vaccination now, and took his first look out in the garden today. He didn’t venture very far but it will be a big area to explore. He has been watching then e free-ranging chickens and gets very excited – will need to be watched for a little while!!
Bob is a wonderful little cat and we already adore him. Thank you ARC for bringing us together and congratulations on the great work you do for animals needing a home.
October 17, 2019
Always a supporter of #adoptdontshop I knew when I started to look for a cat that I wanted to adopt. I must admit I had been looking for a super affectionate confident cat, but when I met Moo at her foster house she was so tiny and beautiful that despite her nervous nature I knew she was perfect. She’s a little madame but has a very lovely temperament and I couldn’t imagine life without her. Her favourite things include: prawns, sitting in the garden in the sun, chasing string and sitting on my mother’s lap by the fire.
October 13, 2019
Once Stuart Little had been neutered and was able to mingle with the ladies, his foster pigmum Rosie bought him over to my flat to bond him with my group of 3 female guinea pigs. In the first 24hrs there was teeth chattering from him and the dominant female and I thought it wasnt going to work. 3 months later Stuart has settled well, and he is enjoying life with his 3 ladies. Hes such a character- so charty and loud and also loves a snuggle with me. It’s the happy ending this boy deserved as he was too alpha to bond with another male pig and terrorized single female pigs. My herd get on so well and I’m glad they all bonded. I adore Stuart to bits, and will absolutely consider adoption from animal rescue and care when the time comes for me to have more piggies.
October 5, 2019
We contacted ARC when we were looking for a new companion for our rabbit, who had recently lost his mate. From the outset, both of the volunteers we dealt with were friendly, approachable and helpful. We adopted a lovely rabbit called Doris, who had had a terrible start to life and the volunteers went over and above what was necessary in order to ensure that she settled in to her new home. I could tell that they genuinely cared about every animal they were looking after and I felt confident that they knew exactly what they were doing. The rabbits spent a weekend bonding at Gill’s house and came home acting like they’d been living with each other for years. I will definitely use them again if we ever adopt another rabbit.
September 30, 2019
My bunny Oscar and our lovely new lady Bambi are in love thanks to the wonderful team at the ARC. Oscar was so lonely when his brother passed away last year, and thanks to the ARC team who helped us find and bond a new lady partner for him they now have a home together with us. They are both so happy, relaxed, and enjoying their new life together. They bring so much joy and laughter into our lives too. Thank you so much to Gill Manning and the ARC team.
September 9, 2019
Thank you Arc for letting me adopt my cat Ginge 10 months ago. He’s a very special boy
and is much loved and very spoilt. We couldn’t have chosen a better cat as he’s very
sweet natured and loves his cuddles, food and garden. We are so glad we found him.
Thank you once again he has changed our lives!
27 July 2019
July 29, 2019
Jack (now Jacques, to follow the tradition of our French-named cats following the passing of our sweet prior cat from Montpellier) came home with us a little over a month ago after we fell for his description on ARC’s site “one of the most depressed cats we’ve ever taken in” and he has settled in so well… it’s like he’s always been here! From the first time he came home he jumped onto the bed without any fear like the owned the place. After we got in touch with the charity it was less than a week after that we were picking him up from his lovely foster home and the process couldn’t have been more smooth or swift. We’re so grateful to everyone who made the process so easy and that we now have a new mog in our lives.
July 19, 2019
We added Caramel our 1st house rabbit to our family last year at 8 weeks old. Although Caramel had plenty of attention when we were around, I was conscious that when we were away during the day time she was on her own. After a lot of reading and thinking about it we decided that Caramel needed a friend and were given ARC as a recommendation from a friend. Gill was very reassuring that Caramel would be well looked after during the bonding process and offered us a lot of advice on the steps that needed to be taken in order for us to adopt a rabbit. Hayley can round to make sure we had a suitable home for the rabbits (we passed with flying colours). Claire took over the bonding process and it was great to know a professional was on hand, as I had read many horror stories on rabbit bonding. Caramel was 1 1/2 and I was conscious she would not bond well as she was used to the attention and being on her own. Claire sent us regular updates with pictures and offered us tonnes of advice for when the pair came home. The whole process was so smooth with both Caramel and Stanley now settling in well at home. I was amazed by all of the hard work the ARC do and would 100% recommend using them to anyone. Thank you so much for all of you help.
June 21, 2019
Ozzie – My 15 year old ginger and white tom
It’s probably the best thing I ever did in my life encountering Animal Rescue and Care when I lost my darling Simba in 2010. I made the ‘mistake’ of looking on their website and spied a rather nervous Ginger tom looking appealingly at me. That was it. I went to see him at his foster home in Claygate and Mozzie adopted me. His foster mum said ‘I knew you were going to be his new Mum as soon as you both met. He acted so differently towards you compared with other people who came to look at him’
How right she was. I fell in love with Ozzie (as I soon renamed him) there and then and despite my best intentions (I’d resolved not to have another cat after I lost Simba) within a couple of weeks I drove my new 4 year-old man home. ARC’s care for him since his first Mum had gone into care was impeccable and they took care to follow up on my vet’s to ensure I was a ‘fit and proper person’ to look after him. Thankfully they gave me a glowing reference.
Ozzie was a house cat when I got him and a very proud achievement for me was to encourage him into becoming a proper outdoor cat. He’s a great mouser, but hopeless at catching birds – they all see this ginger and white monster (he’s very long) coming. He’s getting an old man now (nearly 15), but copes brilliantly with his daily medication for CRD and hyperthyroidism. And I love him to bits. One day I will lose him, but I can’t thank ARC enough for giving him to me. He’s been my constant companion and friend. We are a little family together and was a very soggy moggy when I lost my special person.
May 14, 2019
Thank you Emily for doing a great job helping both cats and owners getting together.
Mizzy like so many other cats deserve a second chance of happiness. Through your quick response and kind help both Mizzy and I found each other. Keep up the good work.
April 7, 2019
We found ARC while looking around online for bunnies to adopt, and from the website alone it was obvious what kind of organisation they are… And the entire experience only verified our initial impression! From initial advice and very helpful and encouraging home visit from Gill, to the patience of Karen in our visits and many questions, and the “aftercare” and hand holding we new unsure bunny owners are really grateful for! ARC is a wonderful charity, in their care, concern and good work for both animals and humans… We will certainly come back to ARC if we’d want to adopt again.
March 22, 2019
We have adopted two rabbits through ARC and think they are the most brilliant organisation. The level of care, support, knowledge and expertise everyone has is really inspiring. We have learnt so much from them about how to care for these very special, intelligent animals. One of our buns became suddenly seriously ill after we adopted him, and ARC supported us throughout his treatment in every way possible. He is now healthy, happy and thriving, and very devoted to his partner. We recommend ARC to anyone looking to adopt rabbits.
March 12, 2019
We adopted our first pair of bunnies 7 years ago from ARC. It was many years since I had looked after rabbits and ARC were brilliant with their advice and support for getting us ‘kitted out and bunny ready’ as well as recommending a bunny savvy vet. The foster family of our buns, Magic and Snoopy, were so welcoming and considerate when my daughter and I visited them prior to their coming home with us, and together with hearing the back story of why the bunnies were rescued, it made us feel very special.
After many happy years hopping around our garden Magic sadly passed away before Christmas :-( and my first port of call was then ARC. The understanding and consolation from them was brilliant. We were very lucky that an ‘older’ female, Pumpkin, was looking for a new home. In this instance it was a direct re-homing from a family who had lost their male to a fox attack. Gill from ARC then worked her magic on helping the two grieving bunnies bond. It was not an easy process in this instance, but her patience, observation and care ensured that Snoopy and Pumpkin realised it was better together than alone. Gill sent us regular updates during the bonding process and continued to support and advise us once they came home too. We are now so happy to have a pair of gorgeous buns bouncing around the garden again, and it is all due to ARC. Thank you! xx
March 12, 2019
Altogether I have adopted 3 ratties from ARC, Mr Larry about 4 years ago and Lola and Lily nearly 2 years ago now. The guys at ARC are very thorough, making sure the furries have the best forever home possible. As I live quite a way away they accommodated for that as well, they even provided transport for the ratties. The ratties went through foster homes where in my case 2 lovely ladies were getting to know the animals before handing them over. What I found very helpful is the ARC adopters FB group where you can share and show off the happy moments but also seek advise and support when in doubt.
The ARC people do amazing things for those little creates!
March 10, 2019
We adopted two lovely rats from ARC and the whole process was simple and easy. They were so lovely from start to finish, they were so responsive, home visit happened quickly and the foster carer was so accommodating with our pick up. You can tell the animals were so well cared for the whole time!
Special mention to Cat who was lovely during the home visit and put up with my hap hazard emailing and the absolutely amazing foster carer who was incredible. You can tell they love the animals and truly care about all of them.
I could not recommend ARC highly enough, seamless process and I got the sweetest little rats because of it!
If you are thinking of adopting an animal, go for it! It’s unbelievably rewarding seeing them open up and show their personalities. I could not think of a better charity to go through than ARC.
March 10, 2019
We adopted George, a baby Russian dwarf at the end of October. Amanda had already got him used to handling, so all we had to do was complete the adoption process and, once approved, we collected him. I have to say he is fantastic, a complete character in his own right, and with quite a different personality to others we have had! He’s made himself completely at home and is so funny and amusing. We probably wouldn’t have got him if it wasn”t for ARC, I can’t recommend them highly enough. What a superb job they do, please support them, whether with an adoption or a donation, and enable them to continue with their work.
March 10, 2019
I have had three hamsters from ARC. My first, a syrian called Noel, introduced me, and opened my eyes to what rescue was all about. He was a lovely, loving hamster despite his incredibly awful start to life. Sadly I lost him last August, however I feel honoured that ARC let me have him for 8 months. Nellie, my crazy lady robo came next. She’s fast, nuts and I love her. Paddy, my dwarf came along after Noel left us. He, like Noel, has neurological issues, although has improved dramatically, thank goodness.
I can definitely recommend ARC, they will do what they can to make the adoption go smoothly, the welfare and well-being of the animals in their care is paramount.
March 10, 2019
I adopted Ophelia in October to bond to my black mini-lop, Benvolio, after a failed bond with a bunny from another rescue. My experience with ARC was stress-free from start to finish, from meeting Clara’s babies in their foster home, to the home visit, to collecting the bonded pair after their ‘bunnymoon!’ The wonderful people who run the charity are so professional and knowledgeable, I cannot recommend ARC highly enough.
March 10, 2019
We saw brothers Ross and Chandler on the ARC website back in January this year. We went to visit them at fosterer Claire’s house and fell instantly in love with them. We were fortunate enough to bring the bunny brothers home a week later. The whole procedure went very smoothly thanks to Gill and Claire. Our boys arrived at their forever home happy and healthy. We highly recommend ARC to any potential adopter!
Angela and Jamie
March 10, 2019
First time I have rescued a bunny from ARC and I will definitely be back in the future. They do all the bonding and my girl is besotted with her new man Ollie who is a Rex rabbit. He is very lively and has settled in very quickly. Only had Ollie three months now. Ollie lived on a balcony in a small cage and now lives in a huge cage in a huge shed with new outside space to run in. My girl bunny loves her new toy boy!
March 9, 2019
I have had Felix the rabbit (formerly Caramel) since Sept 2018 as a companion for my girl bunny Florence. From my first initial contact via email with ARC and particularly Gill, I found them to be so helpful and informative about the requirements for adopting a bunny. The bonding service is something I hadn’t come across before when looking at other charities to adopt from so I was thrilled to have an expert take the reins with the tricky process! All the fosterers I visited in my search for a husbun were so lovely, and all the animals seemed very well cared for and loved. ARC do an amazing job and I recommend them to anyone looking for a new furry companion. Their expertise and care is second to none!
March 9, 2019
Zante has been with us for a week now. She’s settled in really well and very content, affectionate and quite playful! She’s obviously been very well loved in her previous home.
With best wishes,
March 7, 2019
I picked Zante up this evening from Helen. She is very sweet. She’s been having a good explore and purring away!! She’s lovely with the children too.
Thanks so much for all you’ve done, I can’t believe how quick it’s been!
I’ll let you know how she’s getting on in a week or so.
February 27, 2019
I have adopted 2 piggies, a cat and a chinchilla. ARC were amazing with each of the adoptions, and the fosterers were amazing and so loving to the animals in their care!
February 23, 2019
Thinking it had been a while since I sent any photos of our much loved and adored Wilson. Below he is with his favourite throw which he snuggles in on his bit of the reclining sofa. He also is well at home in the radiator cover (I don’t miss my ornaments that much). He is totally gorgeous and we love him so much.
February 20, 2019
Thought I would drop you a quick update to say Bertie is doing great and had a glowing health bill from the vet when we visited recently. As you can see, he has completely finished settling in now and loves to snore in his new bed!!
February 15, 2019
Our adopted cat Molly is such a delight and seems very happy. Everything about her is just so sweet. She is loving, entertaining and great company. She seems to enjoy being a house cat as she will only venture into the garden under escort. We do have some large male cat neighbours and although she will tell them off she is frightened to be out alone. We are looking forward to warmer days when I can throw open the back doors and encourage her out more.
Angela & John
February 10, 2019
We have adopted two super cute guinea pigs: Coffee and Biscuit.
I will support them in the future and recommend to people who want to rescue animals.
Thank you to all volunteers.
Agnes and Family January 2019
February 3, 2019
I just wanted to send you a few recent pics of Enid, (was Zara) who we adopted from you a few months ago.
She is just the most brilliant cat for us. Not at all nervous, very interactive and cuddly, completely food obsessed!! More like a dog!! She’s great with the kids and then loves to chill out with us in the evening and watch telly in her usual spot. We love her so much. And I think she loves us too!
Thankyou for what you do.
Phoebe, Tom, Ivy, Arthur, Margot and Enid xxx
January 25, 2019
Thank you for our introduction to Meep (now renamed Elvie – short for Elvis!!). All has gone very well with picking her up and settling her in and we are all very fond of her already.
All the best
December 20, 2018
I just thought that I would drop you a line as today marks the 15 year anniversary of my adoption of my cat Daisy from ARC. Daisy was about 11 months old when I adopted her. She had been fostered by ARC from around 9 months old after her previous owners no longer wanted her. While she was being fostered, it was discovered that she was partialy sighted (from having detached retinas) and also heavily pregnant. Daisy gave birth to 5 kittens and, when they were weaned, I adopted her and her kittens were also rehomed.
When I first had Daisy, she was quite distant and it took some months before she started sitting on my lap. After settling in, she quickly grew to love lots of cuddles and attention! We moved from north London to Brighton a couple of years ago and she adjusted to the move really well. She is now approaching 16 years old and is in reasonably good health for her age. I’ve attached a recent photo of her sunbathing in the garden. She is a very sweet cat and it has been such a joy to have her in my life over the past 15 years.
I have continued to support ARC since adopting Daisy after setting up a monthly donation by direct debit. I am very glad that you were able to rescue Daisy and enable her to find a happy home. I wish you all the best with your ongoing work and just wanted to share this update with you to let you know the difference it makes to the animals and their owners-to-be.
October 19, 2018
We have adopted several rodents from ARC over the last year. They do a fantastic job of finding new homes for animals in need in the Richmond Borough by organising foster care in the homes of dedicated volunteers. If you have space in your home to adopt a pet do check out the animals looking for new homes on this website. They are also there to provide advice after you have adopted too. Highly recommended.
September 29, 2018
I’ve adopted several rabbits from arc and find the charity and the people exceptional. The advice, bonding and allround support, including post adoption is 5*. So much time and energy is put into caring for the bunnies and getting the best match for humans and fellow fluffies.
Thank you ladies x
September 24, 2018
I adopted Buddy Bunny from ARC as a husbun for Minnie. I could tell from the start how much Buddy was cared for, and the fact I was encouraged to meet him first told me that ARC really invests in its adopters and adoptees. We loved Buddy and it was so exciting when he was marked as “reserved” on the website. Part of the reason I picked ARC was because they bond the bunnies for you, which made things so much easier. I was very anxious and worried about leaving Minnie at a “strange” house, but all my worries were assuaged when we were both welcomed into Gill’s home. I got very regular updates on how the bonding was going, and the fact both bunnies got a big hug and a kiss when I collected them showed they weren’t just any old bunnies – they mattered and would be missed. Gill and I remain friends to this day, and she’s also introduced me to a fellow ARC volunteer, Rose, who now takes care of Minnie and Buddy when we’re away. I am so grateful to everyone at ARC for what they’ve done for my Minnie and Buddy. Gill also coaxed me through a scary episode when Buddy was ill – ARC really do go above and beyond. I also love how they have an adopters page where everyone can share photos of their pets. ARC don’t just wave them off – they follow their progress forever!
September 24, 2018
Adopt, don’t shop!
I have rescued my gorgeous Russian dwarf hamster Wheely from ARC in April this year.
ARC is such an amazing organisation, I wouldn’t dream to rescue from anywhere else. They are devoted to what they do and their foster families are a dream!
Thank you guys for being so wonderful! X
September 24, 2018
Had the very difficult decision of rehoming my mum’s cats due to her failing health. I loved both the cats enormously but due to my own pets couldn’t take them in myself. I felt a huge sense of responsibility making sure both cats were taken in by people who really cared and not just lost in some vast organisation where i would never hear what had happened to them. I was recommended ARC and after a short wait on their waiting list both cats were taken in and fostered in local loving homes until permanent homes were found. From the very first e-mail through to the final confirmation that both cats were settled and happy I cannot praise ARC enough for their superb, sensitive and incredibly understanding manner. I had regular communication and I was kept up to date with what was happening. Karen was absolutely wonderful with the older cat who had a number of issues and her kindness and patience was massively appreciated. These people really care, there is nothing clinical about the process and I am beyond impressed with them, their team and the kindness they show the animals brought to them. Just fantastic – thank you
April 16, 2018
We adopted our cat Martha from ARC just over a year ago, and it was totally positive experience. Everybody was helpful and she was being well taken care of by her foster carer. As we didn’t have direct outdoor access at the time, we were advised to get an indoors-y, more timid cat – which we did, not wanting to cruelly coop up an adventurous spirit. Martha spent most of the first month with us hiding under the bed, but now is much more happy and confident. She loves having her tummy stroked, has become very chatty, and goes outside for a bit most days but is usually quite happy indoors. I would recommend ARC to anyone looking to adopt.
December 11, 2017
Paprika came to live with me and Geezer 3 months ago. Geezer’s elderly partner had recently died and so we were looking for another bunny companion. With brilliant help from Gill, they bonded really quickly. Paprika is a younger bun and possibly the most inquisitive I have met.
Because of ARC, not only is Paprika now happy her new home, but Geezer is acting younger and I am delighted too.
December 7, 2017
I’ve adopted 4 bunnies from ARC over the past few years – travelling with a lonely bun who’s recently lost a partner, taking them on an adventure to find a new friend. The bonding service they provide, to bond your bunny to one (or even more!) of their ARC buns, is such a smooth operation and the people involved have an astounding depth of knowledge of the process and how bunnies interact – as long as the bunnies are in agreement of course ;)
They know their stuff and go the extra mile (sometimes literally!) to do everything possible for a secure bond before you bring your new family back home. They even have bunny-cam to keep you updated on how things are going and send you pics of incredible cuteness so any separation anxiety is kept to a minimum.
It’s very clear to see that my experience with the ARC bunny people is par for the course, for all the animals they take such brilliant care of. I keep in touch with other ARC adopters, the volunteers and the marvellous people who foster so we can adopt. ARC like to know how you’re all getting on and love seeing updates about the pets they’ve rehomed, for years and years afterwards. You’ll always be an ARC adopter :)
December 7, 2017
I took on Flossie as a companion cat for my older cat who was then 14 and is now 17 – someone to share the cat-flap defending role with. Flossie is a delightful cat, and has fulfilled the slightly-deferent-but-sometimes-cheeky role beautifully. She has become adept in the art of silent miaows, and radiates contentment and happiness; she usually sleeps on her back, with all four paws in the air. She is very fond of cardboard boxes, of whatever size. I can’t believe that someone didn’t want her – she was an adult when I adopted her, and considerably thinner than she is now! – but I am very grateful to have her, and also to ARC for making sure I didn’t adopt an unsuitable cat who might be less respectful to my older cat Millie.
December 3, 2017
Adopt don’t shop….I’ve adopted three hamsters from ARC and it has been a very rewarding experience to provide an animal with a second chance of happiness. This charity truely cares for their rescues.
December 3, 2017
We got our beloved Archie from here and it was the best experience we could ever have wished for!! He’s a perfect dog and we got him very quickly so couldn’t be happier. The lady was so lovely and we’ve had Archie a few months now and he has really made our life a million times better
November 3, 2017
At the weekend, we brought home a wee hamster. He’s still in his transition phase from old home to new home, but he’s doing well, spending hours on his wheel, and snuffling around his new home. He’s got loads of space, a box for digging in, tubes, a seesaw, chew toys, straw and more straw for hiding, three (!) kinds of substrate for texture and almost no plastic involved, which makes me very happy.
His Majesty Scruffy-Bob Aurelus is a healthy, tame hamster, and my daughter adores him. Set the alarm for 6am this morning just to watch him for a bit. Scruffy-Bob slept the entire time.
Our thanks to Sarah, who fostered him, and Cat for organising us. <3
Lesley Law Chan
October 10, 2017
We took on a cat from ARC quite a few years ago. Sadly he has passed away recently but he was the most wonderful companion, and the work that they do to prevent cruelty and promote animal wellbeing to give them a second chance is a blessing to all those that they touch.
September 28, 2017
Such a fab rescue. I adopted my boy Edison (Chinese hamster) from ARC and he’s amazing. So confident and happy. His foster mum did a great job
June 29, 2017
I’ve adopted two hamsters from ARC, both of which are tame and loving. ARC is an amazing rescue who go through hoops and barriers to help animals in need of a good home, great care and fantastic welfare. Their home checks are thorough, and everyone is so friendly. Proud supporter of ARC
June 20, 2017
I adopted a beautiful ginger cat two months ago and found everybody at the charity really lovely and helpful. Cat is settled and we are totally in love with her.
April 27, 2017
When I decided to adopt a cat I went to ARC as my sister in law had adopted successfully from there. From the time I saw Tabby and applied online it all went swiftly. The people are lovely and my Tabby has settled really well. I would recommend them to anyone looking to adopt