Rehoming 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.

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).

Welcoming an animal in to your family is a big commitment. Ideally, everyone in your household will want to take on a pet and will get involved in providing the care and stimulation it needs.

We will normally ask for family members who live with you to come along to meet the pet beforehand. This may not be necessary if you wish to rehome certain animals, such as hamsters or fish.

Normally a dog will need to be kept in a safe and secure home, rather than kennelled outside.

Sometimes this may be possible depending on the individual dog's background, though this would have to be discussed with the centre manager. The welfare of the dog is our priority and it must still get the care, exercise and stimulation it needs.

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.

While we understand this would often be helpful for some people, we ask potential owners to visit our centres to ensure they are a good match for the pet they wish to rehome.

This avoids causing the animal unnecessary stress should the home not be suitable.

As a charity, we are very busy.

Yes, we do ask for a rehoming fee for all the pets we rehome. This helps us cover the costs of caring for the animal, including neutering and other veterinary fees, food and microchipping. It costs £44,000 per day for us to treat thousands of animals across our nine rehoming centres.

Every dog and cat we rehome will have been fully vet checked, neutered (subject to veterinary advice), treated against fleas and worms for six months, microchipped, vaccinated, given a voucher for a second vaccination and insured for four weeks. The cost of having a dog or cat neutered, vaccinated, treated against fleas and worms and microchipped at a private vets could cost you more than £300.

For more information on rehoming fees please contact our animal rescue and rehoming centres on 03000 999 999.