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Find out more about Only Rescues including how to join, how to use the app and how to meet your perfect pet.

No, Only Rescues does not work with breeders, and we never will. We actively promote the responsible rehoming of rescue pets as the first choice for pet ownership.
Unfortunately, Only Rescues cannot tell you why you have been unsuccessful in adopting a pet that you have applied for. The decision lies solely with the charity, and not with Only Rescues. For more information about why your application may have been unsuccessful, we recommend contacting the charity that listed the pet you applied for.
No, you cannot rehome your pet through Only Rescues. If you are no longer able to care for your pet, you will need to contact one of our affiliated charity partners to see if they will take your pet. Only Rescues cannot list your pet for you as it is too difficult for us to tell the difference between genuine pet owners who can no longer care for their pet, and breeders aiming to make a profit.
If you applied for a pet more than 2 weeks ago and you haven’t yet heard back, we recommend contacting the charity that listed the pet you applied for.
Yes, absolutely. Please create a free account with us. As soon as your account is approved, you can start listing pets. It is free for charities to list pets with Only Rescues and it always will be.
  • You’re saving a life. This may be the biggest reason of all; you’re giving a dog or cat a second chance at life. In their past life, some may have been abused, abandoned, or had to fend for themselves on the streets. By adopting, you are giving your pet a safe and loving home in which it can learn to be happy and healthy again.
  • You won’t be supporting unethical breeders. Many breeders follow the law, many don’t. It’s hard to be 100% confident that your pet has come from an ethical breeder. Many pets are forced to breed as often as possible and kept under cruel conditions in puppy farms. By choosing to adopt, you are avoiding these organisations and supporting animal welfare in the process. There are thousands of pets in shelters, why breed new ones until these are housed?
  • You gain the advantages of an adult pet, so you’re likely to know more about its character and behaviour. Your pet is also likely to already know some basic commands or be housetrained, making your life a lot easier when you bring your pet home. Your pet will also be neutered, and health checked. No one knows more about the pet you are adopting than the people working at the shelter each day, providing care and support for them. They will be able to assist you with the move.
  • Supporting charities. These shelters are providing a valuable service to the animals in their care, so by adopting one, you’re also contributing to the ongoing care of the animals left at the shelter.
Ideally, a dog shouldn’t be left alone for more than 4 hours at a time. After six months old, dogs can usually hold their bladder for up to six hours. However, even adult dogs shouldn't be home alone for much longer than six hours without the chance of a toilet break.
Most cats will be perfectly content being left alone for up to 8 hours. As long as fresh water is available, some cats can be left alone for up to 24 hours. However, longer or more frequent periods of time away, such as full days or nights away from home can be more disruptive.
The cost to adopt a pet through Only Rescues will vary depending on the charity. On average it costs between £50 - £150 to adopt a cat, and £200 - £400 to adopt a dog. The charities keep 100% of the adoption fee, none of it goes to Only Rescues.
It depends on the size of the dog (it stands to reason that big dogs eat more than little dogs do) however, on average, a dog costs between £50 and £80 per month.
The average cost of owning a cat is around £50 per month
  • When you have the time to train a dog
  • When you are physically willing and able to walk a dog 2 – 3 times per day
  • When you can afford approximately £50 - £80 per month on your dog
  • When your working patterns mean your dog will not be left on their own for long periods of time
  • When you have the time to spend getting to know your new cat
  • When you can afford approximately £50 per month on your new cat
  • When you have plenty of time to provide companionship to your new cat
It depends on the dog, but it usually takes an average of 2 months for a dog to build trust with their new family and to feel at home in their new environment. Love, care, and consistency will help speed this up.
It depends on the cat, but it usually takes an average of 2 weeks for a cat to build trust with their new family and to feel at home in their new environment. Love, care, and consistency will help speed this up.
Pet insurance is important in minimising the overall cost of vet expenses in the event your dog or cat is injured or becomes ill. Fundamentally, it helps ensure you aren't caught out financially should the unexpected happen.

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