Rehome or adopt a rescued pet

Adopting a pet is all about ensuring you're matched with the perfect pet for you, so that you and your new pet can have a fantastic life together. From finding each other online, to bringing your newest family member home, we've got all the information you need to help you find each other.

Five easy steps to your rescue pet

Step 1 - Find each other online

Step 2 - Complete an application form (download one at the bottom of the page)

Step 3 - Visit your local animal centre

Step 4 - Meet one of our adoption support volunteers

Step 5 - Bring your new family member home

Who can rehome a rescued pet?

Anyone can rehome a rescued animal from us - what's important is matching you, and your family, with the right animal, which will be based on their needs, and yours.

Rehoming rescued dogs

Crossbreed dog outside with two children © RSPCA

Some of our dogs, for example, may still need help with toilet training and learn to be left alone, so need to be matched with someone who has the time for this.

Others may not be used to living with children - therefore we may choose not to rehome them to a young family.

Find out how to rehome a dog

Rehoming rescued cats

In some cases the cats in our care are still getting used to human company and may need someone who will to be patient with them. Others may need to be kept indoors - this may mean that they'd be ideal for a family with no outside space.

If you're looking to rehome a rescue cat find out how today.

Simple steps to rehoming a cat

What happens next?

Once you and your pet have found each other, we'll help you get ready to welcome them into your family. We'll arrange for one of our adoption support volunteers to visit you and your family at home.

They'll discuss with you any specific needs that your pet has, and suggest any adjustments to your house, garden or lifestyle that may be needed to help you and your rescue pet settle into a safe, secure and happy life together.

Introducing a new pet to your home will be exciting, rewarding and, at times, challenging. It may take quite a while for your new pet to settle into life with you, but don't worry, if you do encounter some tricky bits with your new pet, you're not alone - we're here to support you.