RSPCA Guildford and Epsom Branch

Home visitors

What does it involve? 

Meeting the potential adopter(s) in their home to see first-hand where the animal(s) will be living


An essential part of the chain of events leading to an animal being successfully rehomed as those wanting to adopt an RSPCA animal must be seen at home to ensure an animal/adopter best match.

Once the potential adopter has been interviewed and assessed by the branch or animal centre, the volunteer visits their home to confirm their suitability for an RSPCA animal. The volunteer later re-visits to ensure that the adoption has been a success.

 Ideally suits

Anyone who can spare an hour (or more) a month, but on a completely ad-hoc basis. You determine how far you are prepared to travel to undertake these visits. You also determine whether there are particular animals that you are unable to make visits for (eg equines). For example some home visitors state that they will travel in a 10 mile radius and only carry out visits for cats.

NB no special skill requirements other than must be able to drive and have a car.

 Key activities  

  • To attend the national Society “home visiting” training course before undertaking any home visits
  • To be familiar with and follow at all times the national Society’s re-homing policies, guidelines and procedures
  • To make contact with the potential adopter within 48 hours of receiving the request for a home visit, and make arrangements for the visit to be completed within a maximum of 7 days
  • To report the finding of the visit promptly to the re-homing co-ordinator. Please note the final decision will be made by the branch or animal centre, not the home visitor
  • To complete all documentation accurately and return it to the re-homing co-ordinator as soon as possible following the completion of the home visit
  • To act at all times as a good ambassador for the branch and the national Society, supporting its policies and aims whilst on RSPCA business

Time commitment

Initial training is approx. half a day. Subsequent time commitment is very much dependent upon the volume of animals being adopted in the location you cover and the types you of animals you are prepared to undertake visits for. An average is one hour per visit including travel time.

Please click on the 'application form' button to contact us  for more information


Mission Statement

The charitable objectives of the RSPCA are to promote kindness and prevent or suppress cruelty to animals by all lawful means.


The branch promotes animal welfare in the local area primarily through veterinary assistance, neutering and re-homing. We run a voucher scheme which assists local people with veterinary bills for treatment and neutering. It also helps to control dog and cat populations, thereby promoting responsible pet ownership.


The branch assists the RSPCA animal centres, mainly Millbrook and South Godstone, with re-homing unwanted and abused animals by home-visiting.  We also pay for veterinary treatment of stray animals and wildlife attended to by the Inspectorate in our branch area.


The RSPCA provides advice for owners on animal care. It also helps animals brought to us for rehoming because their owners are unable or unwilling to keep them. Ill treated or injured animals are cared for by the Society. The public benefits from knowing that we can intervene to assist animals in need.


We have a website to raise awareness of the activities of the branch and to help members get more involved. We provide volunteering opportunities for those who wish to support our work, including trusteeship, fundraising and home visiting. This benefits local people and companies by providing the possibility of doing work which is compassionate and rewarding.


We also have to fundraise to enable us to continue with our charitable work. The RSPCA receives no government or lottery funding.