How It Works For Adopters

To guide you through adoption, and so you know what to expect, we’ve broken the process down into five steps.

1. Create your profile and search for a pet

  • Set up your profile in minutes
  • Describe your home and upload pictures so rehomers can see if it’s right for their pet
  • Start your search!

2. Chat with the rehomer

When you find a pet you’re interested in…
  • Get in touch with the rehomer using our online messaging service
  • Ask lots of questions about the pet’s personality, diet, health and preferences
  • Tell the rehomer about you, your lifestyle and your living situation
  • We ask everyone to respond to messages quickly. You’ll get an email notification when the rehomer messages you.
  • To help keep all humans and pets safe, always use the PetRehomer messaging service to chat – don’t have private conversations

3. Reserve the pet

When a rehomer wants to take your application to the next stage...
  • We ask you to pay the adoption fee to reserve the pet and stop anyone else applying for them.
  • The fee is fully refundable so you get the money back if the adoption falls through. Paying the fee reassures the rehomer you’re serious about the adoption.
  • The money is held in a secure, trusted account.

4. Have a home check

​​Everyone who makes it to this stage has a home check to make sure their living environment is right for the pet they want to adopt.
  • The PetRehomer team decides if the home check is to be done in-person or online. Home checks for rabbits are always done online.
  • It usually takes a week to organise the home check. Online ones tend to happen sooner.
  • We use the results of the home check to make recommendations to the rehomer

5. Adopt your new pet

If the rehomer wants you to adopt their pet…
  • We’ll send you a message
  • Get in touch with the rehomer to arrange to meet and collect the pet
  • As soon as you collect the pet, you become their legal owner. So make sure they’re the right pet for you before taking them home.
  • Take your pet to their new home!


The adoption fees charged by PetRehomer are used to help our registered charity fund the cost of operating the rehoming website and the provision of our post adoption advice and support

Our adoption fees are currently:


£295 (Puppies Less than 1 year)

£225 (Young Dogs, 1 to 4 years)

£200 (Adult Dogs, 5 to 9 years)

£175 (Senior Dogs, over 9 years)


£125 (Kittens Less than 1 year)

£100 (Young Cats, 1 to 4 years)

£75 (Mature Cats, 5 to 9 years)

£60 (Senior Cats, over 9)



Bonded pairs of all species that are shown in the same listing do not incur a further charge. We want to do everything possible to help keep these pets together!