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Could You Give An Animal a Happy New Life?

Could You Give An Animal a Happy New Life? Could You Give An Animal a Happy New Life?
Posted 24 April, 2017

Guest Blog: Some words from Blue Cross

Ever thought about rehoming a pet? Giving an abandoned or unwanted animal a loving home can change both your lives for the better. Pets bring so much joy, but it’s a long term commitment and a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

Find out if rehoming a pet is right for you and your family with advice from Blue Cross. 

Will I be a suitable owner?

In a word? Probably! There are no fixed rules about the type of homes Blue Cross allow an animal to go to. The pet charity gives pets to people with young children, people who work and people who live in rented homes and flats - it’s all about finding somewhere the animal will be happy and fit in.
Finally, it’s very important to make sure everyone in the family actually wants to get a pet to ensure long-term happiness. 

How much will it cost? 

The cost varies depending on the size and breed of your choice of pet. You can get a little furry friend for £5 (a mouse or a hamster) but for a puppy, expect to pay more, perhaps up to £180.  

Remember this is just the upfront cost; you’ll need to make sure you have budgeted for the general on-going costs too, like food, bedding, hygiene and vet bills. It’s important to do your research beforehand.

I think I can help give a pet a better life…what do I do? 

  1. See what pets need a home on Blue Cross website. 
  2. Decide which ones you think will fit in with your family 
  3. Fill in the form and press the save button at the bottom of the page - if the pet still needs a home, and Blue Cross think you could be a good match, they’ll call you for a chat (usually within 48 hours).
  4. Depending on the individual pet, you may need to visit them a few times so you can get to know each other. But don’t worry, the pet will be reserved for you during this process.   
  5. Blue Cross will try to find you a pet with needs and personality that suits you. Once you’ve found the pet that’s a good match, you can take your new friend straight home to settle in.  

When you rehome a pet, you give it a chance to be truly happy again - and you make room for another homeless animal in the shelter.

Aly Jones, Blue Cross head of rehoming development, said: “When you rehome a rescue pet, you'll give an abandoned or unwanted animal the chance of a happy future. And you also make room for another homeless dog to come into one of our centres. We work hard to find the right match so that the owner and pet have a happy future together.”

Discover more about rehoming a pet with Blue Cross and don’t forget to visit them at their stand at The National Pet Show - London ExCel 6-7 May. 

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