RSPCA – Rehoming A Domestic Animal

Everyone who knows me and who follows me and my blog will know about my dog Max.  Slowly his little story is coming out.

Yesterday, I received an email asking if I was a #RehomingAngel, from a lovely lady who is working alongside RSPCA in raising awareness and the importance of rehoming domestic animals.

My Rescue Dog

Max is a rescue dog. We rescued him 3 years ago quite soon after are beloved Samoyed died of very old age. He was also a rescue dog. We were heartbroken when Jay died and our home did not feel right. But we also felt guilty at replacing Jay so soon. But Max came bounding into our lives. He was actually going to be used as a bait dog, before he got rescued.  As soon as we saw him we knew he was the right dog for us. There was a lot of people interested in him, but fate made him ours, and we have never looked back.

He was 10 months old and full of life. You could not ask for a better dog. Apart from digging a few holes in the garden he is good as gold. He is funny, cheeky, loving, argumentative. And loves nothing more than an argument with you and he always loves the last word or if he feels he is losing his argument you get his nose in your face and a cuddle. He is great with kids as well.

A lot of the dogs that go into rescue centres to be rehomed are simply because their owners saw a cute little puppy fell in love and had to have it. But puppies grow, they need a lot of work in training as well as expense of vets bills. Plus micro chipping, feeding, time spent playing and walking.  They also grow into adult dogs and sadly as they grow their owners get bored and give them up.

Ending Up In  A Rescue Centre

I know some animals end up in a rescue centre to be rehomed due to their owners having to give them up and having to make the heartbreaking decision to do let them go to another home for a variety of reasons.

Did you know that one animal is abandoned every hour in England. And that the first quarter of this year over 3,800 phone calls were taken regarding an abandoned animal.

I watch TV shows like Give a pet a home hosted by Amanda Holden or Paul O’Gradys For the Love of Dogs, and if I could I would have them all.

If you are thinking of getting a pet have a look at the Rehoming & Adopting page of the RSPCA, I have just had a look and fallen in love with Symo, so need to stop looking through.

If you would still prefer to buy a puppy please look at their Advice and Welfare section, which has some great tips on what to look for and what to ask.

And don’t forget it is not just dogs the RSPCA rehomes all sorts of animals.

Now I am off to find my cheeky boy and give him a cuddle.


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Comments (48)

  • Sarah Bailey 3 years ago Reply

    He is such a beauty – our Sal is a rescue as well, as are the guinea pigs though they came from the rescue centre at Pets at Home. I couldn’t imagine not rescuing animals. x

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I would never buy a dog, would always get a rescue. My daughter wants guinea pigs but unfortunately Max would probably think it was dinner and wouldn’t be fair on any of them

  • What a beautiful dog. We are thinking of getting a dog and definitely considering rehoming one.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Thank you we are so lucky with him x

  • Jessica 3 years ago Reply

    Such a lovely dog. My husband and I are looking for a new bunny and want to rescue one 🙂

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Aww I love rabbits, but unfortunately we can’t have one because of Max he would terrorise it poor thing x

  • Rachel 3 years ago Reply

    He is an absolute beauty, the look on his face is one of pure happiness which is so lovely to see x

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I really don’t think he could be unhappy he is the most laid back dog around

  • Renna 3 years ago Reply

    Out of the four dogs that have been in my life, three were/are rescue dogs.
    There are so many rescue centres in the UK and Europe, there really isn’t an excuse. Puppies are also in these centers or in foster care. I will always suggest looking around before buying.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I totally agree, you can get puppies as well,so it is not all about adult dogs

  • Ickle Pickle 3 years ago Reply

    Beautiful dogs – it breaks my heart to think of dogs being abandoned. Yours are / were lucky to have you. Kaz x

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I think we are lucky to have him, he really is such a character never a dull moment with Max around x

  • Rachael 3 years ago Reply

    i have a pound dog too and i’d not change him for the world. he was really badly mistreated (hence why he was in the pound) and it breaks my heart to think anyone could do it to him. but now he’s with us so all is good. your dog is gorgeous!

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I can never get my head around how someone can mistreat an animal, breaks my heart to think what some people do x

  • Ana De- Jesus 3 years ago Reply

    It breaks my heart when I hear about animal abuse how could people be so evil?

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I have never understood how people can abuse animals x

  • Laura 3 years ago Reply

    What a lovely boy. Nice that you’ve done a post like this to raise a bit of awareness. I’d love a dog but due to allergies I am limited as to what I can have (my Uncle’s Cockapoo I am fine with) so if I do get one I’ll have to go to a Breeder-though I will be making a donation to a rescue centre at the same time and choosing a proper, decent breeder.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I always tell people he is a rescue which is why I was approached. There is another breed that is good for people with allergies but can not remember which one at the moment

  • Teresa Bowen 3 years ago Reply

    Our first dog came from Battersea Dogs Home and our last from RSPCA Little Valley Exeter in between were many others and several cats. At times an absolute houseful of wonderful pets that were rejected by their original owners. Our last girl had to be persuaded to live indoors because she had spent the first 10 months of her life chained up outside and didn’t understand that indoors was allowed. I will never understand the cruelty of some people,

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I can never understand cruelty either, I just do not get how someone can do it x

  • Stella 3 years ago Reply

    Your dog is so beautiful and looks very healthy. Cutie.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Thank you he is a happy boy, thoroughly spoilt x

  • whatlauraloves 3 years ago Reply

    What a beauty! Rehoming is sucha great thing to be able to do, animals of all ages deserve our love xxx

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    There are so many lovely animals in rescue shelters, and some have had such a hard life

  • Zara Walker 3 years ago Reply

    Our Uggy is a rescue dog too, a lovely american bulldog. We had a few hurdles to over come with him, and I am so glad we did. He is currently snoring on his bed, upside down and very loudly. Lovely post & wonderful pictures.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Love his name, they always seem to settle in well and live a good old life luckily one thing Max doesn’t do is snore x

  • tracey bowden 3 years ago Reply

    awww he is a gorgeous dog, I love the idea of rescuing a dog if I was going to get a pet this is the route I would go down I think. Unfortunately I am not home enough to be able to care for a pet as much as I would like too, my daughter is desperate for a dog

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I work from home so he is rare that there is no one home, my daughter is desperate for another dog

  • Laura Hartley 3 years ago Reply

    One animal is abandoned every hour?! I had no idea the statistic was that high! If I ever get a pet I will definitely be looking into shelters and rescue homes first.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I know it is a lot higher than I thought x

  • Zara Lipstixx 3 years ago Reply

    What a beauty.

    That statistic for abandoned animals is horrendous! I wish people would research more before deciding to get a pet! It upsets me when I hear of another animal being abandoned or abused.
    Granted my Falcor isn’t a rescue dog, I got him from a very close friend of mine who’s dog had had puppies and fell in love with him the moment I saw him, but I’ve had a rescue dog before and he was my angel, and also a rat my friend didn’t want anymore, because she could no longer look after him, he lived out his last few years being purely spoiled, many nights on my shoulder or asleep on my lap while I’d watch the tv.
    My Falcor loves a good argument, and he too does the nose in the face and cuddles if he’s losing, or he runs off grabs a toy and shoves that in our faces, then he’ll go start an argument with the cats when he’s done with us. Falc’s last word is usually a groan/stroppy teenager grumble. He’s a funny little dude!

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    The statistics are awful, it is such a shame. I don’t know if you watch Paul O’Grady last night but the Mal they had on right at the start and the end, is typical of my dog, awkward as he wouldn’t look at the camera and argumentative and chatting. I would never look at getting another pet anywhere else now and if you are certain you want a certain breed there will be one if you keep looking. Your dog sounds as much of a character as Max x

  • Tori Gabriel 3 years ago Reply

    He really is a beautiful dog.

    I used to volunteer at an animal shelter but I had to stop because I ended up adopting four cats! Everytime one came in and no one else seemed to want them I would end up taking them home. As I was still living at home at the time, my Mum made me stop volunteering there. It’s awful that pets go to the shelters so often.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    My Mum point blank said no to me working in a shelter as she knows the house would be over run with animals as I am terrible, luckily my Husband is a huge animal lover as well, it is him that found Max.

  • The London Mum 3 years ago Reply

    It was my experience with a dog I bought which made me realise the mistake I’d done and that I should have first gone to the RSPCA. My dog had obviously been part of a puppy farm and sold to me by a ‘loving family’ who wouldn’t take bank transfer payment for her, only cash. Looking back it was obvious they never kept the puppies in the house, because there was nothing in their home that indicated it was a family pet litter. My puppy was with her ‘brother’ and her ‘mother’ who again couldn’t possibly have been her Mother due to the size difference when my dog became an adult. As a puppy my dog was so ill, I’m surprised she survived. She couldn’t keep food in her, she was lethargic and extremely dehydrated. In a way I’m glad I took her because I managed to get her health back in order, but it just goes to show you just don’t know where any puppy really comes from. With the RSPCA you know a background story and you know the dogs are looked after well before they go into your care. Because of my experience I made sure my dog was neutered as I didn’t want to continue bring more puppies into the world when so many need a home that are already here.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    These puppy farms really get me going, those poor dogs, sounds like you puppy had a very lucky escape going home with you, at least she is now in a happy loving home. We did go and look around a rescue centre and I would happily of taken every dog there, I sat on the floor for ages chatting to one.

  • Agata 3 years ago Reply

    We have a rescue dog as well… at first I wasn’t sure I want an adult rescue over a puppy but to be honest I couldn’t wish for a better friend 🙂

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    It is amazing how they seem to put things behind them and becoming such a huge part of the family x

  • Claire 3 years ago Reply

    Beautiful dogs 🙂 My 3 cats are rescue cats, they were so mistreated but now they are really loved and spoilt rotten 🙂

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I can never understand how someone can mistreat an animal, at least they have a loving home now x

  • Ali 3 years ago Reply

    What a gorgeous dog! I’d love to rescue a dog – we have two rescue cats, there are so many animals out there needing loving homes.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I have a cat as well, she is 23 I have had her since a tiny kitten she was from my friends cats litter, she used to love my old dog they used to cuddle up to each other, but she isn’t too keen on Max, she still looks like a young cat now

  • Emma 3 years ago Reply

    One day when we live in a bigger place with a garden at least, we would love to rescue a dog. I grew up with dogs, and home just doesn’t feel right without one, but my flat just wouldn’t be ideal. Well done on raising awareness x

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    I missed having a dog when I moved into a flat years ago now, it didn’t feel like a home to me so I got a cat and then another cat to keep him company. I got a dog as soon as we moved though x

  • Lorraine 3 years ago Reply

    All the dogs that I’ve had were rescue dogs (the exception of out first) I’ll never buy a puppy as I’m strong headed about giving animals a second chance.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    It is lovely to hear how many people have rescue pets, I couldn’t be without my dog he is such a softy

  • Zoe IKIWN 3 years ago Reply

    What a beautiful dog! I would always go to a shelter to re-home an animal, I’m keeping my fingers crossed we can persuade the landlord to let us have a cat soon! x

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Thank you, he is such a character and a lot of people turn to rescue centres now which is lovely x

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