Rehoming Advice

Sometimes people find themselves in the unfortunate position of being unable to keep their pet. Due to limited space and resources, unfortunately SPCA Wellington does not usually accept owned animals into our care. As a charity, we do not have sufficient resources to provide a rehoming service for owned animals. Below is some advice to help you find a new home for your pet.


Take some really great photos of your pet showcasing their personality. Ideally you want to get several great shots showing your pet at its best.


Start by writing a list of all the really great things about your pet and their personality. Do they like constant companionship? Do they sit with you and follow you around? Do they prefer to be outdoors exploring or hang out with your family inside. Think about their preferences – do they like people? What’s fun about your pet? Are they good with kids? Have they lived with other animals before? Are they more of a one-person quiet home or a busy household kind of pet? This list will help you to write a good description of your pet to help them find the right type of owner.


If you need to rehome your pet urgently and can’t find a home yet, consider approaching friends, family, neighbours or co-workers to see if they could provide a temporary home while you find a long-term solution.


Advertise your pet as widely as possible. There are lots of ways you can do this for free.

  1. Create a simple flyer
    Include a few great photos and the personality description. Include information about their age, sex and any special requirements. Also give your contact details and how to enquire.
  2. Email the flyer to all your friends, family and work colleagues
    Ask for their help in finding a new home for your pet as they may know someone else who is looking for a pet. Ask them to send your email on to people they know.
  3. Ask friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours
    Maybe they'd like to adopt your pet?
  4. Post your flyer or some great photos and a personality description on Facebook
    Try other social media sites too. Ask your friends to share your post and spread the word. You may need to post several times over a period of time.
  5. Advertise your pet online on key websites such as: or
  6. Distribute flyers on notice boards
    Put your flyers up on local community and library notice boards, at work, and ask local businesses and vets whether you can advertise your pet there.
  7. Print flyers and distribute in your neighbourhood
    Distribute these in mailboxes around your area.
  8. Put a listing in your local newspaper.
  9. If pure bred, check with the breeder or a Pure Bred Rescue Club as they may be happy to take your pet.
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