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From canines to cats, there are so many animals searching for their forever home – could you adopt one?

Making the decision to get a companion animal is such an exciting experience.

There couldn’t be anything better than opening up your home – and your heart – to a furry friend.

But, it’s hugely important to do your research to ensure you find the right type of animal to suit your lifestyle.

One option, and a very worthwhile one at that, is to adopt, as sadly homelessness isn’t a problem that’s unique to humans.

On average, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home take in an average of 13 dogs and nine cats every day.

If you’re considering adopting an animal, what happens next? Kristiana Shirley, a vet nurse from People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA ) explains how to start the process.


Worryingly, our 2018 PDSA PAW Report found that 5.2 million people, undertook no research before taking on their companion animal. Consider if your favourite breed is right for you, and whether you can meet their welfare needs. Think about your home environment and the time needed for daily walks. Plus, all of the costs involved in providing all your animal’s essential care.

Seek out a reputable charity or shelter

Good rehoming charities such as Dogs Trust, RSPCA, Blue Cross, Battersea and Cats Protection are likely to have creatures. With all types, breeds, ages and sizes, you will be able to help you find your perfect match. Reputable centres will have rigorous adoption processes in place, so they will be able to ensure that you are paired carefully according to your own lifestyle. There are also lots of smaller rescue centres and sanctuaries around the UK. While committed, well-intentioned people mostly run them, try to check the standards of their rehoming process, before you adopt an animal.

Consider the costs

Rehoming can sometimes be the most cost-effective way of taking on a new furry friend. Many companion animals bought from breeders can come with a hefty price tag, but good adoption centres will neuter, microchip and vaccinate dogs and cats as part of the adoption process, and absorb a lot of that cost for you