Adoption is a way of giving a loving new home to a shelter animal – and maybe even saving their life. There are many different animal care issues to consider during the adoption process, but it will all be worthwhile when the new owner goes home with their adopted pet.


How to adopt a pet

If you have never adopted an animal from the shelter before, ask yourself a few questions: How does the adoption process work? How much time does it take? What are the costs?


Adopt a senior pet

Giving home to an older pet can be an enriching experience. Senior animals bring so many benefits and may be the perfect fit for your home


Myths about animal shelter pets

Commonly held myths about animal shelters - debunked.


"Less adoptable" pets

They may be a little older, they may have disabilities and perhaps have special needs or behavioural issues, but these animals have a lot of love to give and deserve a kind home


You want to get a pet? 

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Getting a Dog?

Things to consider before getting a dog


Getting a Cat?

Things to consider before getting a cat


Animals are not a present

Bringing an animal into your home is not a decision to be made lightly. Giving an animal as a gift to someone who is not prepared is a risk to the animal's wellbeing, with 'gift' animals often ending up at a shelter after the holidays are over.

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Alternatives to having your own pet

Not all animal lovers have the opportunity to keep their own animal long term. Anyone who still wants to take care of an animal, can consider various alternatives

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Animals help Humans

What effect do animals have on our lives?

Happy mother, father and little daughter walking their dog

Animals are good for our Heart

Animals and their positive effect on the physical health of humans

Elegant senior woman reading a book sitting on couch with pet dog beside her

Animals are Friends in Times of Need

Animals and their positive impact on the mental health of people

Cute little boy with dog on sofa at home

Animals as 'Therapists'

The positive effects of animal-assisted interventions

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Who can be a responsible pet owner?

Checklist for everyone wanting to keep a pet


What makes a good shelter

If you have no experience of animal shelters, you may be wondering how to spot a good one. Here are a few pointers to help you recognise a well-run shelter


Preparing your home

Before you bring your new adopted friend home, there a few things that should already be prepared. 


Dogs and their needs

What does my dog need?


Adopt don't shop

It’s a way of giving a loving new home to a shelter animal

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