I've found a pet I want to adopt - what's next?

So you've spotted a pet that you think might be 'the one' - that's pawsome!

The next step is to contact the rescue group, shelter or pound caring for that pet to find out more. You’ll find the contact details and adoption information at the bottom of the pet profile.

For the quickest response, please ensure you use the preferred method of contact (telephone or email) listed on the pet's profile page, as this can vary from group to group. Some shelters and pounds prefer you to phone them and will provide their number for you to call. For those who state email as their preferred method of contact, please click the ‘Enquire about this pet’ button located above the pet’s profile picture.

Please note, PetRescue supports over a thousand independent rescue organisations, shelters and pounds, and each set their own adoption processes and adoption fees, so you will need to contact them directly for specific information regarding the pet you are interested in

We also strongly recommend creating an adopter profile, so the rescue groups you get in contact with can easily learn more about your household and the type of home you could offer their pet. To create your profile, make sure you've registered an account with PetRescue, then click the menu button at the top left of your screen. Under My Account, click Adopter Profile, and follow the prompts!

Usually, the process will consist of a chat with the group or completion of a pre-adoption questionnaire, organising a meet-and-greet with the pet, and then completing the adoption paperwork.

For more tips to get you started, please visit our ‘How To’ guide to adopting via PetRescue.

Good luck with the search for your new furry family member!

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