Rehoming a dog

Whatever your reason for saying goodbye, your dog deserves a happy and healthy future with his or her new owners.

Read our tips below...

Quiz the potential new owners

Every breed of dog needs different care and has its own temperament. You know what it takes to keep your dog happy. But does the person who's interested? Make sure they are knowledgeable about dogs in general; e.g. the right food, exercise and not being left alone for long periods of time, and that your canine companion matches the lifestyle of potential owners. Also check that they understand how much looking after a dog might cost.

Focus on your dog's health and happiness

Your dog deserves love, companionship, space and exercise. For them to get all that from their new home, you need to help. Tell the new owner everything you can about their health and medical history.

Pay attention to the person's questions and reactions. If they don't seem interested in the health and happiness of your dog, then wait for the right person who will give your dog the love and attention they deserve.

Meet the family

Try to have all members of a family meet the dog. This way you'll have peace of mind that your dog is a good fit for their new family.

You can say no

Agreeing to a viewing does not obligate you to give your dog to the first person who shows an interest. Don't be afraid to say no if you have any concerns - it shows that your dog's welfare is your number one priority.

First things first, make sure it's the right breed or type of dog for your home and lifestyle. Look around online for advice or ask your local vet some questions to find the right dog for you.

Microchip your dog

From 6th April, 2016 it is a legal requirement in England and Scotland to have dogs over eight weeks microchipped with the owner's details up-to-date. Ensure that you comply with the law and that your dog has a microchip before you post an advert on Gumtree.

Consider doing it offline

If your dog needs special attention or misbehaves a lot, an animal welfare organisation might be the best option for your dog's long term health and wellbeing. If you do decide to post an ad with us, make sure you show your dog in his or her natural surroundings, and be honest about your dog's needs and behaviour in your advert description.

And remember - selling a banned breed, like a Pitbull or Japanese Tosa, is against the law.

Posting on Gumtree

If you're posting an ad for your dog on our site, take a look at posting an ad for details about what you can and can't do.

Our Partners

At Gumtree we take animal welfare very seriously.

We work with a number of animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, and we are an active member of the Pets Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG). PAAG is made up of animal welfare groups, vets and online classified sites, all working together to promote responsible pet advertising. Our shared goal is that all animals advertised for sale online are advertised legally and ethically.

For more information on PAAG or advice on buying a pet online, you can visit their site:

A fresh start in life

There are thousands of wonderful animals in the UK looking for a new start. A number of charities advertise these pets on Gumtree, but you can also visit PAAG member sites directly.