How to rehome a pet

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Decide if rehoming is for you

There are a few things we ask everyone to consider before rehoming a rescue pet. You'll find plenty of info on making sure your situation is the right one in our FAQs. 

Read our rehoming FAQs

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Meet the animals & register your interest

You can browse the pets available for rehoming here on our website. If you find someone you like, the next step would be to let us know you're interested by filling out a quick questionnaire. 

Meet the animals

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Visit one of our centres 

Our rehoming centres are found all across Scotland and can be visited between 10am-4pm every day (except Tuesdays).

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Rehome your pet

We may carry out a home visit to check your home's suitability for your chosen rescue pet. If everything looks good to us, you and your new pet are free to enjoy your new life together!

Rehoming a pet FAQs

If you are considering rehoming an animal the questions and answers below may be a helpful starting point.

Yes, you can! Each animal has its own needs and not every rescue pet will suit living in home with children. We have to do right by the animal and make sure it is being rehomed to a suitable family. However, our rehoming teams are there to help find the perfect pet for you.

Rescued animals arrive in our care for many reasons and sometimes we don't know their full history. While we will be able to learn more about them, we won't know if they have lived with families before. Often it is best for these animals not to be rehomed to a home with children.

Usually if animals - and dogs in particular - are large, strong and boisterous we will recommend they are not rehomed with young children, just to be on the safe side.

But every year we rehome lots of rescued animals to families with children - it's just a case of finding the right animal for the right home.

Yes -  as long as you have permission from your landlord or local council and where you live is appropriate for the animal you wish to rehome.

We would need written confirmation from your landlord or local council that you have this permission before rehoming an animal to you. We may also carry out a home check to make sure your home is right for the animal you’d like to rehome.

Yes. We will rehome to flats as long as it’s appropriate for the animal.

For example, many dog breeds require regular outdoor access and exercise. While some cats are happy living indoors, many are used to being able to enjoy life outside and would not be suitable as 'house' cats.

It all boils down to finding the right pet for the right home.

This depends on individual circumstances, but it is possible. As long as you have the time, space and can provide for your pets, it should be fine. Of course, you also have to make sure your pets will get along. We’d likely carry out a home-check in these circumstances and also arrange for your pets to meet (if appropriate).

Absolutely. Having a pet in your life is rewarding, but that initial rehoming process can be stressful for human and animals. To minimise this, we strongly advise against taking a pet home if you are going to be moving or going on holiday.

Our centres


AB31 5AJ
03000 999 999

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Angus, Fife & Tayside

03000 999 999

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Ayrshire & South West Scotland

No. 4 Holding Mainholm
Ayr KA6 5HD
03000 999 999

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Caithness & Sutherland

Dounreay by Thurso
KW14 7YB
03000 999 999

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Dunbartonshire & West Scotland

Dumbarton Road
G82 2UA
03000 999 999

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Edinburgh & Lothians

Mansfield Road
EH14 7JU
03000 999 999

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125 Kinnell Avenue
Cardonald, Glasgow
G52 3RY
03000 999 999

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Highlands & Islands

5 Inshes
03000 999 999

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Bothwell Road
03000 999 999

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National Wildlife Rescue Centre

FK10 3AN
03000 999 999

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