We believe that pet rehoming and adoption should be a kind, safe and reliable process for every being involved.
We know that sometimes rehoming is necessary and that it can be a painful decision. By offering a non-judgemental and straightforward option, we make it easier for people to do the right thing by their pets and themselves.
We are a viable alternative to unregulated sites like Pets4Homes, Gumtree, Preloved and Facebook. This enables us to improve pet welfare and educate people about responsible rehoming and adoption.
We also want to take some pressure off rescue organisations by reducing the number of pets in shelters. This way, we can create space for the animals who really need professional care.
We offer a safer, more reliable and professional way to adopt a pet.
When you find a pet through social media or an online marketplace, you don’t know who you’re dealing with. Illegal breeders, puppy farmers and scammers regularly advertise on these sites, pretending to be genuine. Without realising it, you could end up with a pet that’s been unethically bred, stolen or in poor health.
Because we’re part of an animal charity, we always prioritise pet welfare over profit. Our sole purpose is to match pets in need of a home with those who want to adopt.
People who advertise their pets on our site don’t get paid, so you can trust that their motives are genuine. You’ll be in direct contact with the rehomers, so you can find out about your potential new pet from the people who know them best.
We also offer expert support during and after the adoption process – something you won’t get if you use sites like Preloved, Gumtree, Pets4Homes and Facebook.
Every pet adopted though PetRehomer is almost surely a pet that is likely to end up in a rescue centre. With PetRehomer, dogs, cats and rabbits can go directly from one good home to another, avoiding the need to be placed in a shelter. Imagine if everyone used PetRehomer... we could keep thousands of pets out of shelters each year! How great would that be?
Rescue centres do a fantastic job of rehoming and rehabilitating pets, and we don’t discourage people from using them. We simply offer an alternative route to adoption which may be simpler and more personalised – for you, the rehomer and the pet who needs a home.
We know from research and experience that when it comes to finding a pet, most people want to adopt. But existing adoption processes can be challenging – even for those who are suitable adopters. As a result, people with the best intentions often find it easier to get a pet from a commercial breeder, social media or sites like Gumtree or Pets4Homes. We want to make it easy for people to adopt pets responsibly.
When you use our direct rehoming service, you’ll be in touch with the person who needs to rehome their pet. You’ll be able to find out more about a pet from the person who knows them best. This gives everyone the best chance of finding the right match.
Every pet has different needs and every adopter is in a different situation. So we prefer to look at each case individually rather than following a ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy. However, pet safety and welfare will always be our priority.
When you apply for a pet, we carry out a home check. This helps us to see if you’re a good match for the pet you want to adopt. We use the results of the home check to make recommendations to the rehomer. The rehomer will decide if you’re the right person to adopt their pet.
Yes. Home checks are a really important part of the process. They’re a great way of making sure that you and your potential new pet are a good match.
We work with animal-loving volunteers to carry out our home checks. They will assess your living environment to make sure it’s right for the pet you want to adopt. This also helps reassure you that the pet you’re interested in will suit your home and lifestyle.
The home checker may also ask to take photos.
The home checker will either visit your house or carry out the check remotely if you're adopting a dog or cat. Home checks for rabbits are always carried out remotely.
We use the results of the home check to make recommendations to the rehomer. The rehomer will then decide if you’re the right person to adopt their pet.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT A PET?
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 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!
We want people to adopt pets responsibly. By paying the fee at this point in the process, you're demonstrating to the rehomer that you are very serious about adopting their pet.
We know from our research that it can be very frustrating if you are one of many people trying to adopt the same pet. Your payment stops any further applications from being made, and the pet is reserved for you. Assuming all is well with the home check, you can then meet the pet and proceed with the adoption.
We will hold the fee safely and securely in an account which will be fully refunded to you if you don't end up adopting the pet.
By paying the fee to us at this stage, it will also deter scammers from using the website.
We want people to adopt pets responsibly. A fee encourages potential adopters to think more carefully and act less impulsively.
Adoption fees also help to keep pets safe. They discourage breeders, dealers and scammers from using our service to exploit pets for profit. And they make sure that our service is accessible to rehomers. If rehomers had to pay a fee, more pets would be abandoned or rehomed less safely.
Because we’re a registered not-for-profit charity, we use the money from adoption fees to cover our costs. This includes the costs of running the website and providing post-adoption support.
Our adoption fees are similar or less than those charged by most rescue centres in the UK.
The PetRehomer team monitors the messaging and profiles on our website. Anyone flagged as a potential scammer or pet seller is suspended and removed from our website. For safety reasons we strongly advise not to participate in any messaging or meeting up outside of the site.
PetRehomer is strictly for rehoming pets responsibly, and will never be for the sale of pets.
PetRehomer is a direct rehoming service, not a rescue organisation. We don’t have the facilities or means to take pets into our care. However, we offer a post-adoption support service so please get in touch immediately if you’re having any issues or you’ve got any questions.