What to look out for

A handy checklist

If you've found a small furry you think you'd like to bring home, take this checklist of useful questions with you when you visit.

  • Are they lively and alert?
  • Are there any signs of illness or injury?
  • Have you seen records of the animal's health and medical history?
  • Are they kept in clean conditions?
  • If you are looking at a rabbit, has it been vaccinated?
  • Are you aware of their dietary needs?
  • Do you have the space for this pet in your home?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no', then consider looking for a pet from a different owner or breeder. If you are concerned about animal welfare then you can report the advert to Gumtree or you can contact the RSPCA directly.