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5 TIPS on How to Choose an Ethical and Responsible Rescue Group

What are the things to look for when choosing a rescue group/organisation? What are the warning signs to watch out for?

There are many rescue groups/organisations out there who are doing a brilliant job in looking after the animals, but how do you pick which one is the good one?

Cathy Beer, Founder of Pets4Life and the Companion Animal Rescue Awards shared her 5 TIPS on how to choose an ethical and responsible rescue group.


Meet the animal in person

A good ethical organisation will encourage you to be able to meet the animal in person.


The animal should come microchipped, vaccinated, desexed and health-checked already


Trial home period

A good rescue will allow you to take the animal home for a trial period – normally it’s a 14 day trial period.


Post adoption support

In addition to the trial period, the rescue should also provide you with a post adoption support to help the animal settle in at your home.


Be sure that the animals are all well looked after when you visit the rescue group/organisation

Cathy’s recommended trusted, go-to resources when choosing a rescue group/organisation and why?

It’s the largest platform with over 10,000 adoptable pets online and over 1,000 listed rescue groups you can choose from. PetRescue supports responsible and ethical rescue of companion animals. What it means that any rescue group registered with PetRescue must comply with their code of ethics.

Pound Paws is a registered charity. Using a modern online approach, they help re-home abandoned pets in Australia and raise awareness about pet rescue and adoption.

Watch Cathy Beer’s full Q & A here