Home > Pet Rescue Centres > Adopting a Pet: What Do Rescue Centres Look For?

Adopting a Pet: What Do Rescue Centres Look For?

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 16 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Adopting A Pet: What Do Rescue Centres Look For?

One important feature of adopting a pet from a reputable rescue centre is that before allowing a pet to go for adoption, the adopting family will need to meet certain criteria. This is normally carried out through an interview and home visit.

Why Are Pre-Adoption Checks Important?

Pre-adoption checks have two important purposes. Firstly this gives the rescue centre the opportunity to ensure that the pet is going to be cared for and looked after effectively, giving it the best possible chance of a new and happy life. Secondly it helps the adopting family to make sure that they are adopting a pet that is suited to them and their lifestyle. A pet that is adopted by a family that cannot look after it properly is likely to be returned to the rescue centre and as such it is in the rescue centre's interest to ensure that the best possible match of family to pet is achieved.

Important Requirements

The rescue centre will have a set of requirements that they will be looking for in an adopting family for every pet type. Whether it is ensuring that the family has suitable housing for a tiny mouse, or a large enough exercise area for a large dog, the requirements will be clearly stated. Each rescue centre or welfare organisation will have their own requirements, however these will generally include:

  • Time – does the family have the time to look after an animal properly. For instance, to clean a rabbit's hutch daily or regularly exercising a dog.
  • Lifestyle – will a pet fit into a family's lifestyle. This will include discussing issues such as who will look after a dog if a family are out of the house all day or what will happen to a guinea pig when the family goes on holiday.
  • Finances – keeping a pet can be a significant financial commitment. In addition to food bills, bills for health care can be costly. A rescue centre will also want to be sure that treatment for any unplanned sickness or injury can be paid for.
  • Experience – some animals require being homed with families with knowledge and experience. Welfare organisations will want to be assured that a family meets these requirements
  • Other pets – while introducing an adopted pet into a household with other pets needn't be a problem, the rescue centre will want to know what other animals are in the household. This will need to be taken into account when selecting a pet as some pets should be homed with families without other animals.
  • Rented property – in the case of families living in rented accommodation, rescue centres may also wish to confirm that the lease allows the keeping of animals.
More information about the requirements of different pets can be found on the RSPCA website.

Legal Requirement

Adopting a pet is not to be taken lightly. There is a big commitment involved and there is a legal requirement to look after the welfare of a pet. The Animal Welfare Act clearly states the responsibilities of a pet owner. More information can be found at the defra.gov.uk website.

Adopting a pet from a rescue centre is an extremely rewarding experience and one that will bring much joy to a family for years to come. Making sure that a family is fully prepared for the commitment that is required is an important part in ensuring that the pet and his new family will have a long and happy life together.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Tony
    Re: How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat
    I would really like to find a new home for my cat. Recently split up with my wife and therefore nobody is home to look after him.…
    3 December 2017
  • Vee
    Re: How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat
    I very much need to regime my 2 older cats 10 and 11 mother and sun they are very loved and loving and the boy very intelligent…
    30 November 2017
  • SaveAPet
    Re: Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre
    Jeff - Your Question:I live in Reading and I am interested in walking a dog or volunteering in dogs organisation but I dont…
    13 November 2017
  • Jeff
    Re: Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre
    I live in Reading and I am interested in walking a dog or volunteering in dogs organisation but I dont know where to start,…
    13 November 2017
  • SaveAPet
    Re: Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre
    JR - Your Question:Hello,I am interested in volunteering to walk a dog on the weekend. I would prefer to do a longer walk, in…
    3 November 2017
  • LoriB
    Re: How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat
    @Lee 1 - can't anyone in your family take them? People don't think it through when they get pets and then have to abandon them.…
    24 October 2017
  • Lee 1
    Re: How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat
    I am messaging on behalf of a family member. We are trying to find out information on rehoming cats. He has recently seperated…
    24 October 2017
  • Anna
    Re: Volunteering at Pet Rescue Centres or Animal Shelters
    Hi there, I’m a student in London interested in volunteering in my day off! I can’t have any pet…
    19 October 2017
  • SaveAPet
    Re: Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre
    A - Your Question:My 2 daughter's and I want to have dog but we want to walk someone else as we dont want to commet yet. We…
    10 October 2017
  • Misdsu
    Re: Walking Dogs at a Rescue Centre
    @Lily - you'll probably have to wait until you're over 18, unless one of your parent's wants to sign up and you could go along…
    6 October 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the SaveAPet website. Please read our Disclaimer.