Animal Rescue | PetRescue’s Home2Home program is the new ethical way to adopt or rehoming a pet

There’s nothing worse than having to say goodbye to a family member, and that includes when it’s a beloved furry friend.

While adopting a pet is an exciting thing, the process of rehoming a pet is something entirely new – and few Australians know how to go about it.

Vickie Davy, co-founder of national animal welfare charity PetRescue, explains that’s exactly why their Home2Home program exists.

“One of the things we’ve found is that owners who give up their pet need support — they need emotional support, not just practical help,” she said. at 9Honey Pets.

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Vickie Davy from PetRescue and her dog Toby. (Animal Rescue)
PetRescue Home2Home program logo
PetRescue’s Home2Home program expands nationwide and provides pet owners with a simple, supported way to get their pet home. (Animal Rescue)

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“Some of the reasons people give up on their pets include financial hardship, divorce, or moving – all of which are major life events.

“Adding a beloved pet that needs rehoming can make things incredibly stressful and of course very emotional,” she adds.

PetRescue’s Home2Home program was launched in 2020 and has so far successfully relocated around 300 pets.

The program is designed to keep pets out of unsafe adoption systems and provide support to transferring owners as they find new owners for their beloved pet.

Cat 'Pretzel' was rescued through PetRescue's Home2Home program
Cheeky cat ‘Pretzel’ was rescued through PetRescue’s Home2Home program. (Animal Rescue)

So how does it work?

Home2Home is a national program, and not just exclusive to cats and dogs. In the last year and a half, two Shetland ponies, a tortoise and a duck have been seen on adoption lists.

As Vickie explains, Home2Home is a great option for people who can provide a happy and safe home for their pet until the right person shows up.

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“The great thing about the Home2Home program is that owners can get a real sense of who they’re giving their pet to,” she says. “Owners take a few inquiries from people interested in their listed pet, and they can speak directly with those people and get to know them.”

The advantages of Home2Home

In the process of matching pet owners with pet adopters, current owners can learn about the type of housing, home environment and family their pet will go to, as well as the personality of that family. .

Vickie notes that this has brought great relief to many people who have used the Home2Home program before.

Adorable dog 'Pepsi' adopted thanks to PetRescue's Home2Home program.
The adorable dog ‘Pepsi’ was also adopted through PetRescue’s Home2Home program. (Animal Rescue)

“We have found that the personal nature of the Home2Home program really helps alleviate the feelings of guilt that some pet owners feel about having to rehome their pet.

“And knowing that PetRescue will also follow up on their pet, to see how they are doing, makes things so much easier for them.”

It works just as well for potential adopters, who get as much information as possible about the animal they’re interested in – from their favorite treat to their medical records and quirks.

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“It’s a great way to get a really clear picture of what type of pet you might adopt that might be a good fit for your home,” says Vickie.

Plus, Home2Home pet owners and adopters often stay in touch – often sharing photos and stories of what the furry pals are up to.

“Having that bond with the owner and the adopter is so important, because on the one hand it’s a person or a family who had to say goodbye, but on the other hand it’s a person or a family that is adjusting to life with this pet, and always has a lot of questions.”

Why Home2Home is a better choice

Vickie acknowledges that it can be a difficult process trying to adopt or rehoming a pet, but no one is doing it harder than the rescue industry yet.

“Right now the relief sector is at capacity, the relief groups are full, and that’s a big deal,” she said.

Thanks to recent flooding, rescue groups in New South Wales and Victoria in particular have been overwhelmed with vulnerable animals, meaning they have minimal space for other pets.

This is one of the reasons Home2Home came into existence, to enable homeowners to do the relocation themselves, in a safe and supported way that relieves some of the pressure on the rescue industry.

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“Rather than using Facebook or Gumtree, or in the worst-case scenario dropping off their pets at the pound where they are likely to be euthanized, people can now use Home2Home to ensure the most comfortable and safe repatriation. more caring for their animal,” says Vickie.

So far, the program has seen hundreds of successful matches, with a return rate of just 2%.

“We really believe in the connection factor of Home2Home and the flexibility it offers, and I think that’s why we’ve seen so much success, not only for pets, but also for past owners and adopters. “, says Vickie.

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