Rehoming a small furry pet

Saying farewell to your small furry pet (such as a rabbit, hamster or Guinea pig) can be a sad time. But you'll feel better if you know they're going to a good home.

Read our tips below...

Are they going to the right owner for your pet?

Owning a small furry is a big responsibility and a long-term commitment. Ask the potential owner if they're prepared for it. And check they have a big enough home for your small furry to exercise.

Make sure they are knowledgeable about the care of small furries in general e.g. the right diet, exercise and need for interaction. Also check that they understand how much looking after it might cost.

Focus on your pet's health and happiness

Whatever the size of your pet he deserves love, companionship, space and exercise. Make sure you tell the new owner everything you can about their health and medical history in order to help them get all that from their new home.

Pay attention to the person’’s questions and reactions – they need to demonstrate their interest and dedication to your small furries. If not, look for someone else.

Share as much information as you can

Have you had your pet neutered and vaccinated? Let the potential owner know. Also, tell them the gender to avoid any unwanted baby booms. And hand over any medical records.

You can say no

Making sure your pet goes to the right home is the top property, so don’’t agree to let him go to the first viewer if it does not feel right.

Posting on Gumtree

If you're posting an ad for your small furry 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.