Rehoming a puppy

Because they're cute and cuddly, lots of people like the idea of owning a puppy. It's up to you to make sure your puppies go to a safe and loving home.

Read our tips below...

Quiz the potential new owners

It is always a hard decision letting a puppy go to a new home, so make sure you are one hundred percent happy with the new home before allowing them to take the puppy. Check that they have the right knowledge about looking after dogs e.g. the right food, exercise and not being left alone for long periods of time. It’s also important that the new owner has the right lifestyle for your puppy, plus understands the true cost of keeping a puppy for its lifetime.

Make sure your puppies are old enough

Puppies need to be at least eight weeks, ideally 12 weeks, old before they leave their mother.

Pop to the vets

Ensure you take your puppy to the vets for their vaccinations, worming and flea treatment, too. Your vet can also give you advice on finding a good home for your puppy.

Focus on your dog's health and happiness

Your puppy needs a home that provides him with love, companionship, space and exercise. Make sure you check that potential new owners are able to offer this to your puppy. You can help by telling the new owner everything you can about their health and medical history.

When you are talking with the person who has come to view your puppy, watch them carefully for their reactions. You want them to be passionate about your puppy and interested in his health and care right from the start. If they don’t seem genuinely interested, then decline their offer and move on.

Meet the family

If your puppy is going to a family, try to meet all members and let them meet the puppy. This will give you peace of mind that your puppy will get on with all the family, and that you're not dealing with an unscrupulous individual.

Microchip your puppy

Make sure you have your puppy microchipped if it is over 8 weeks old, to comply with the new law that came into effect on 6th April 2016 in England and Scotland.

Take natural pictures

If you're looking to sell your puppy through an advert, photograph them in their natural surroundings, with chewed toys and bones around. Leave Mum and puppies together for photos.

You can say no

Don’t feel you have to let your puppy go to the first viewer; if it doesn’t feel right, then just say no – you’re under no obligation. Remember your puppy’s welfare should always be your first priority.

Posting on Gumtree

If you're posting an ad for your puppy on our site, take a look at our pets posting rules 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.