AnimalsNeedingHomes.co.uk works with animal rescues around the UK to bring you up to date listings of their animals in need of adoption.

Animal rescues all over the country have dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption right now. If you’re looking to adopt a new pet – browse our animals needing homes listings to find your perfect pal!

How it works

Animal rescues post their animals for adoption on the animal rescue volunteering forum at Rescue Helpers Unite, and the posts made there are automatically crossposted here on the Animals Needing Homes website.

If you’d like to enquire about adopting any of the animals listed on this site you should contact the rescue organisation listed in the post. (If you can’t see any details, click the post title to view the forum thread at Rescue Helpers Unite, there you should see contact details for the rescue. If you’re still having trouble finding contact details please feel free to get in touch and we’ll email you with the contact details.)

About pet adoption

Some people have preconceived notions about rescue animals, assuming they must be badly behaved or ‘damaged goods’ – this couldn’t be further from the truth! Many animals in rescue are normal, happy, healthy pets who have been rehomed through no fault of their own.

All good rescues will thoroughly assess the animals before making them available for adoption, either in kennels or in a home, and you should be able to get a ‘warts and all’ report on any animals you’re interested in adopting.

If an animal comes in to rescue that has been ill-treated or has not been given the proper training as a youngster which has resulted in behavioural problems, rescues will work to correct these problems before rehoming wherever possible, and will work with you as the new owner to help correct the problem after rehoming.

If you’re a first time adopter or pet owner you should mention this to the rescue so that they can match you up with an animal that meets your needs and vice versa.

If you’re an experienced dog owner you may feel you want to take on a pet that needs a little extra training and rehabilitation, if you feel you have the know-how and skills to handle any problems that may arise.

Animal overbreeding = rescue overflow!

Although each year in the UK hundreds of thousands of animals are euthanised due to lack of homes, people continue to overbreed many types of animals.

If more people choose pet adoption instead of purchasing their dog, cat, or other pet animal from a breeder or pet shop – more animals could live long and happy lives, as they should, instead of being discarded as a waste product of our society.

Animal rescue volunteers needed – URGENT!

Every year in the UK, hundreds of thousands of animals pass through the rescue system and animal rescues large and small rely on the help of volunteers to save animals lives, because many of these animals are at serious risk of euthanisation if no help comes forward.

Sadly, the UK still has a serious problem with animal overbreeding and a frightening amount of household pets are euthanised each year, simply because they’ve been abandoned or are ‘surplus to requirements’.

Rescue Helpers Unite was set up in 2007 to provide an online community where rescues and volunteers could work together to save more animals. Rescues from all over the UK use the RHU forum to post requests for help with tasks such as animal fostering and transporting, fundraising, homechecking and advertising animals in need of adoption.

Become an animal rescue volunteer now! – sign up here

Rescue Helpers Unite are appealing to the UK’s animal lovers to offer their time as volunteers so that more animals may be saved. It’s completely free to register and the service is 100% free for rescues and

The majority of requests for help are for dogs and cats, but they also receive requests for help with small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and occasionally even farm animals and wildlife.

Animal fostering is a really rewarding way to get involved. Volunteers provide a temporary home for an animal whilst they await their new ‘forever home’. This means a more comfortable transition for the animals, especially dogs, who can become distressed if made to spend a long period in kennels after becoming used to life in a home.

Transport volunteers are essential for many rescues who don’t have the resources to travel across the country to pick up animals in need.

A lot of the work done at Rescue Helpers Unite involves helping dogs from UK pounds – dogs on ‘death row’ with only 7 days to be reclaimed after being picked up as strays, after which time the dog becomes the property of the Local Authority and they can legally euthanise them if they so choose (and sadly some do).

Naturally this can result in urgent deadlines for the volunteers working to get dogs out of the pound and in to rescue before the dreaded ‘put to sleep date’ arrives.

If you’d like to get involved you can find out more or sign up to volunteer with animals at http://RescueHelpersUnite.co.uk