There are always thousands of pets looking for new homes in the UK. Many of these animals are forced to endure a stay at a re-homing centre before finding their forever homes. Some animals adjust reasonably well to life in kennels but many don’t cope with the situation very well at all. Now, a student has proposed a new system for re-homing pets which could take stays at rescue centres out of the equation.
Cambridge Student Proposes New Re-homing System
The promising new system was the brainchild of James Mayers, a student from Cambridge. He was an entrant in the Barclays Local Genius Competition which encourages new business ideas. To qualify for the competition entries had to be original, show a grounding in technology, contribute to the well-being of the local community, be realistic to develop and be achievable using technology which already exists.
Five regional competitions were held, with the winners of each progressing to a national final. James Mayers won his regional heat with his proposed start-up called ReHome which helps find suitable homes for pets.
A New Concept for Rehoming
ReHome offers a secure way to find new homes for animals without the need for them to spend time in a shelter. The not-for-profit business proposes to connect potential new owners with pets who must be given up for adoption. All transitions from home to home will be overseen by a local nominated charity who will assess the suitability of new owners and ensure the well-being of the animals.
The business will also collate all animals which are available for re-homing from a variety of local charities to make it easier for people to find their perfect pet. Any income generated would be shared between the charities which register with the website.
Thrilled Student Looks Forward to Final
James Mayers is understandably thrilled to have won his regional heat and believes that his idea has enormous potential. He is looking forward to the national final and certainly values the whole experience of entering the competition which involved pitching his idea to a panel of local businessmen.
The national winner of the competition will receive mentoring from industry experts from across Barclays to help them get their idea off the ground.
Ben Storey, manager of the Cambridge Eagle Lab and one of the judging panel, said: “I was genuinely impressed with the range of ideas and the ability of the students to pitch to the judging panel. I look forward to seeing all the finalists further developing their ideas and wish James every success in the final.”
More Homes Just Around the Corner?
Here’s hoping that James wins the competition and receives the backing he needs to get ReHome off the ground. His business offers the chance of evolving a completely new way to re-home animals which could save many pets from an upsetting stay in kennels. It should also help charities to find the perfect home for more animals. What a great idea!