Responsible rehoming

There are many places to go to rehome pets – charity rehoming centres i.e. dogs trust, through friends and social media. This month we thought we would give you some useful tips when thinking about rehoming a new pet – cat or dog.

We always suggest to our clients the best places to rehome animals are from certified rehoming centres and through friends. Ideally you want to know as much about the animal before you rehome it to ensure you are aware of any medical conditions or behavioural concerns.

Often animals are put up for rehoming through no fault of their own i.e. owners become allergic, change of personal circumstances. However there are times when there are more concerning issues why animals are for rehoming, especially dogs. This includes not being able to be housed with cats or even having aggression towards other dogs or humans.

A responsible rehoming centre will give the pets a good health and behaviour check. However problems often arise when dogs and cats are listed on the internet including social media sites i.e. Facebook. Often when people go and visit dogs/ cats in a home environment if the surroundings are not as would be expected often there is a feeling to need to rescue that animal even more from their situation. It is only human nature to want to protect those animals in these conditions but you also have to consider the impact that it will have on your own life and environment.

Signs to look for which should cause concern:

  1. Animals listed free of charge on social media sites – this can suggest the current owners are very keen to get rid of the animal.
  2. If you visit puppies / kittens but you are unable to see either of the parents and breeders do not seem very open.
  3. Puppies / kittens in unhealthy environments – please contact the RSPCA if you have any concerns about the welfare of those young animals.
  4. Any concerns regarding aggression from the animal.


When that animal is the right one for you and your family?

  1. The current owners are happy for you to see the animal in its current environment and meet the parents of the animal if young.
  2. You can go and visit the animal multiple times and if an older dog take children or other pets to meet the animal before rehoming.

Please speak to your local vet to discuss rehoming a pet, is it the right pet for you and your family? Where are you rehoming the animal from is it a responsible source?