Rehoming an exotic pet

If it's time for you and your exotic pet to part, do your best to make sure they go to the right home. Otherwise they might end up abandoned and need to be rehomed again by an animal charity.

Read our tips below...

Is this person ready for an exotic pet?

When someone shows an interest, take your time, ask some questions and see if they know how to look after this sort of animal. Make sure they understand your pet's needs and how much it will cost to keep them happy and healthy.

Check it's not an impulse buy

People who spontaneously buy an exotic animal usually haven't done their homework. If you think this is the case, make sure the potential owner understands your animal. Exotic pets often end up with animal charities after people realise they're not easy to care for or the novelty wears off.

Share as much knowledge as possible

Does your pet become aggressive? Grow very large? Live for a long time? Require a licence or paperwork to be legally kept or sold? Make sure the person looking to buy it knows this.

Quick delivery

Your prospective buyer will probably prefer to collect his new pet directly from you, so he can view his current environment. If not, you may feel comfortable delivery it yourself. Never agree to send a pet by post – it is unethical and compromises the pets’’ welfare.

You can say no

Be selective over who buys your pet – make sure the new owner is completely right for your exotic. If you are unsure, just say no, even if it is the first viewing.

Posting on Gumtree

If you're posting an ad for your exotic pet on our site, take a look at posting an ad for top tips 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.