Rehoming Process

Thinking of rehoming? You’ve come to the right place.

When you come to visit Edinburgh Dog and Cat home at Seafield you will be asked to fill in a rehoming interest form for either dogs or cats. This is a short form asking general questions about yourself and the type of pet you are looking for.

Once the form is filled in a member of our rehoming team will collect you from the reception area and bring you to either the rehoming kennels or cattery. You will be asked more questions about the attributes you are looking for in a pet as well as your lifestyle. We ask these questions so the kennel team can show you the dogs or cats they think would be best suited to your requirements and abilities as a pet owner.

If you see a dog or cat you are interested in meeting face to face, and the kennel team member thinks you may be a good match, you will be asked to fill in a more detailed application form. The application takes 15-20 minutes to complete. You will be asked a series of questions about your history as a pet owner, the types of animals you have had in the past, the environment you will be bringing a pet into, as well as who will be living with the animal.

If our rehoming staff feel that you meet the criteria for the animal you like it is at this point that you will be introduced to the dog or cat. If the meeting goes well and all parties agree this is a good match, we will retain the animal for you until they are ready to join you in their forever home. You will be asked for proof of your ability to have a pet in your property (either a letter from your landlord, council, or proof of mortgage) to secure the retain on the animal. You will also be asked to provide a photo ID and proof of address. In addition to you meeting the dog or cat in person we will request any members of your household who would come into regular contact with the animal visit. You may even be asked to make multiple visits to ensure you and your new pet have a strong bond before heading home.

If on this occasion your application is deemed unsuitable for the particular dog or cat you were interested in, our rehoming team will be happy to suggest other suitable pets, if we have any in at the time. If we do not have an animal that meets your needs on the day of your visit we will retain your application form for future visits to our facilities.

There is a lot to think about before making the decision to introduce a dog or a cat into your life and home.  A new pet is yours for their lifetime and you will have responsibility for them, their happiness and their behaviour from the moment you bring them home.

Questions to Consider Before Your Visit

•    What effect will the new pet have on our lives?
•    What changes will we need to make to our current lifestyle in order to welcome a pet to our family?
•    A new pet needs company – do we have the time to spend with them and look after them?
•    Can we afford the food, vet fees and/or pet insurance?
•    Who will look after the pet while we are on holiday?
•    If we decide to rehome a dog, what size or type of dog would suit our circumstances best?
•    Dogs need to be walked at least twice a day, whatever the weather. Are we happy to do this?
•    Do we have the time and the patience to train our new pet and help them settle into their new home?

Rehoming Visits

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is open for rehoming visits between 10:00am and 3:30pm every day except Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary. You must be 18 years old or over to rehome a dog or cat and our rehoming staff will always do their best to match you up with the right pet for your circumstances. Some pets are available for immediate rehoming but some may have to be vet checked before they are ready to go home with you.  Please also know that due to the unknown history of some of our residents, ages are often approximate.