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?

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"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

Dog at home

Become a Foster Carer

Find out, if pet fostering is for you

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Animals help Humans

What effect do animals have on our lives?


Do You want to get a pet? 

Important information for new and aspiring pet owners


Checklist – What to Consider before Adopting a Pet

There are a few things you should be aware of before giving an animal a forever home

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Responsible Pet Ownership

What you should know?

Senior dog

Adopt a senior pet

Giving a home to an older pet can be an enriching experience. Seniors may be the perfect fit for your home.


Myths about animal shelter pets

Commonly held myths about animal shelters - debunked.

Dogs at home

Does a Dog Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day dog challenge'

Cat at home

Does a Cat Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day cat challenge'

Guinea pigs as pets

Does a Small Mammal Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day challenge'


Gifting Someone a Pet? Think Again Before You Do This!

Giving dogs, cats and other animals as presents puts them at risk of ending up in shelters


Alternatives to having your own pet

Maybe you cannot commit to having a pet? We show you other options to take care of animals without having your own 

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Animals are good for our Heart

Animals and their positive effect on the physical health of humans

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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. 


Getting a Dog?

Things to consider before getting a dog


Getting a Cat?

Things to consider before getting a cat

rescued dog

Adopt don't shop

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

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