Rehoming FAQs

Do you have a question about rehoming a rescue pet?

Here you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about rehoming. If your question isn't answered below you can call our rehoming centres on 03000 999 999 (option 2) between 10am and 4pm seven days a week.

Yes you can! We do though have to be responsible and make sure animals are rehomed as safely as possible. Not all of our rescue pets will suit living with families with children. However, our rehoming team at each centre will try to help find the right rescue 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 you can, 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.

Yes we do! It is though essential we ensure the animals we rehome will live in an appropriate environment.

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 is, as usual, about matching the right pet to the right home.


This depends on individual circumstances. It may be possible if you definitely have the time, space and resources and there won't be issues with your pets getting along with each other. In these circumstances it's likely we'll arrange for a home check to be carried out.

If you are keen to rehome a dog and already have one at home, it's often a good idea for them to meet on neutral territory first to ensure they'll get along.

Please contact the centre on 03000 999 999 to make arrangements.

Ideally, the whole family will want to take on the pet you wish to rehome and will be able to help provide the care needed.

We will normally ask for family members who live with you to come along to our centres to meet the pet beforehand.

This may not be necessary if you wish to rehome certain animals, such as hamsters or fish.

You can, though you must be permanently based in the UK to ensure you can continue to care for the pet you wish to rehome.

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.

If you believe this may be an issue, please check your eligibility for assistance with the PDSA before enquiring about rehoming another pet.

Yes, it is normally a good idea to wait to rehome an animal if you are going to be moving or going on holiday soon, particularly if you wish to take on a dog or cat.

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.

Yes, we do ask for a rehoming fee for all the pets we rehome as this helps us cover the costs of caring for the animal, including neutering and other veterinary fees, food and microchipping.

Every dog and cat we rehome will have been fully vet checked, neutered (subject to veterinary advice), treated against fleas and worms for three 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.

Dog rescued by the Scottish SPCA with new family

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