Finding Forever Homes

The impact that pet selling online can have on rescue centres


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We are so pleased when the public decide to rehome their pet through one of our rescue centres but understand this can be upsetting for owners. At Margaret Green Animal Rescue we are not here to judge. As an animal charity we have noticed an increase across all our rehoming centres where animals come into our care having previously been rehomed via an online platform.

When rehomed in this way we have found that often the new owner is not fully prepared for the needs of the pets they are taking on and this is usually because the previous owner has not recognised the early signs of health and or behavioural issues. It could also be suggested that the previous owner could not have given all the information about the animal so that they are still able to gain financially, which is sadly sometimes is the main reason of their rehoming. Minor behaviour and health issues that are not identified early can progress quickly into more serious problems, which new owners are unprepared for and often unable to deal with, meaning that they then have to find another home for their new pet.

We understand that making the decision to rehome a pet can be really difficult and that many find it hard to approach a rescue centre. If you do decide against that and choose to rehome your pet yourself, for example on social media, you may never really know where they are going and whether the new owners fully understand the commitment of owning an animal.

People frequently say that bringing their animal to us is the last resort but often approaching us first means that their pet will suffer less stress and upheaval in the long run. All animals that come to us have health and behaviour assessments so that we can match them to a permanent forever home which is in their best interest. Another benefit of deciding to rehome a pet via a rehoming centre is that any pre-existing medical problems will be identified and treatment will be up to date before you take your new pet home.

We work hard to try and dispel any assumptions that rescue centres can be dark, dingy and unwelcoming. Our facilities are of high standard which reflects our charity's aims and values and we are continuing to improve our facilities, where funds are available, such as renewing kennels at our Lincoln Farm Centre in Dorset. The staff are also only a phone call away so they can check in with them whilst the animal is in our care.

We are on hand for the lifetime of all the animals we rehome to offer advice and will always take an animal back in if necessary because we know circumstances can change. All our animals go to their new home with 4 weeks free insurance that can be carried on and it is worth noting that it is not always possible to get insurance for older animals that are not rehomed through a charity. Original owners usually stay in touch with us to find out how their pet is getting on and also find out when they go to their new home.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue has been rescuing and rehoming pets for over 50 years and are dedicated to providing the care that all animals deserve. If you have any questions about either needing to rehome your pet or would like more information on giving an animal their forever home please contact us on:

Dorset: Cats and Farm Animals – Church Knowle Rehoming and Visitor Centre, 01929 480474,

Dogs – Lincoln Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, 01929 471340,

Devon: Cats and Dogs – Wingletang Rescue and Rehoming Centre, 01822 810215,