Frequently Asked Questions about AnimalsNeedingHomes.co.uk
Check our frequently asked questions if you have any queries. If you can’t find the answer you need here, please feel free to get in touch.
– How do I enquire about adopting an animal?
Contact details for the rescue responsible for rehoming the animal should be in the post (near the top where it says ‘Contact details:’. If you can’t see any contact details, click the post title (the big blue title text) which will take you to the original post on the RHU rescue volunteer forum – there you should find some details about the rescue, such as a web address. If you still cannot find any contact details for the rescue please feel free to post on the thread on the RHU forum OR get in touch.
– Will I be able to adopt X animal?
Maybe, but we can’t say for sure. It’s possible that an animal listed may have already been rehomed, or it may be that your home isn’t a suitable match for a particular animal. Feel free to contact any rescue to enquire about an animal they are rehoming to find out more.
If the animal you were hoping to adopt isn’t available – don’t get downhearted – there’s plenty more animals waiting for a loving home! Keep looking until you find one that will be right for your home and circumstances.
– Can I adopt if I have children or other pets in my home?
Yes! There are loads of animals in rescue that are suitable to live with kids and other pets, and all good rescues will do thorough assessments to find out about an animals temperament before making them available for adoption.
Make sure you have a thorough chat with the rescue if you’re considering adopting. It’s important that you give them plenty of details about all the people and animals living in your home. This way, they can match you up with a pet that’s right for you, and make sure you’re right for the pet!
– Can I adopt an animal that is not located in my area of the country?
Maybe – some rescues will rehome animals out of their local area, and some won’t. There may be details in the post, but if not, feel free to contact the rescue to find out (or take a look at their website if listed as there may be details on there).
Also, some rescues will ask that you travel to meet the animal before committing to adopt it. If travel is a problem for you it’s probably a good idea to search for animals specifically in your county (type your county in to the search box on the animals needing homes home page) or search the animal rescue directory to find a rescue local to you.
– Do I need to have a homecheck before I can adopt an animal?
Yes. All the rescues using our site do routine homechecks on adopters. The rescues will send a representative to your home to confirm that the home is suitable for the animal in terms of space etc. and to chat to you about their procedures and your previous experience.
Homechecks can seem a little daunting but if your home is secure and you are sensible and knowledgeable/willing to learn about caring for animals, there’s usually nothing to worry about, so please don’t be put off by this.
– I represent an animal rescue. How can we advertise our animals for adoption on this site?
All animals for adoption posted on this website are automatically posted from the Rescue Helpers Unite forum (an online community for UK animal rescues and volunteers).
If you’re not already a member please come and register an account.
Once your forum account is activated (usually done within a couple of hours) and you’re logged in, you then simply need to submit your rescue details.
The details will be checked by our volunteer staff to ensure everything is in order, and once approved you can post your animals for adoption on our forum in the Animals Needing Homes section.
And then, *zing!* – like magic your posts will also appear here for adopters to view and search.
Feel free to get in touch via the forum if you have any queries.