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Rehome A Dog: The Benefits

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If you haven’t adopted a dog before or don’t know much about adoption you may not be aware of the benefits. If you haven’t considered rehoming a dog then read on to discover why it’s better than getting a puppy.


Everyone that has a rescue dog will agree it is very rewarding. You see such a change in your dog from when you take them home to when they are settled. You have given them a home and someone to care for them. Some rescue dogs have incredible, heart warming stories from having a horrible life to being truly loved.

Helping dogs out

When you rescue a dog you are obviously helping dogs out. Rescue centres in the UK are getting full, there are too many dogs in need. There isn’t always enough space. By taking a rescue dog you have freed up a kennel for another dog to be rescued.

Special bond

Those people who have rescue dogs will agree that you have a special bond with them. It’s as if they know you saved them from a tough life and this really helps strengthen your bond. There is something wonderful about having a rescue dog.

Cheaper initial cost

If you buy a puppy you will probably have to spend at least a few hundred pounds. There is still usually a fee for rescue dogs but it is a lot less. It also often includes things such as vaccination and microchipping.

You could save a life

By taking a rescue dog home you could have saved their life. They might not otherwise have found a home and would continue to be stressed in kennels. Some dogs have shocking stories where they have been near death and nursed back to health and given a good home.

Most are housetrained

Most rescue dogs tend to be housetrained. If you get a rescue puppy you will have to toilet train them and there are some older dogs that might not yet have been toilet trained. However, on the whole most of them are toilet trained which is a big help.

Giving a dog a second chance

By getting a rescue dog you are also giving them a second chance. Their life might not have got off to a great start but you can enhance their experience. Some dogs will go through a few different homes before they find the right owners who are patient enough to give them a shot.

Choose a dog with the right temperament

With puppies you can predict what their temperament might be like being seeing them with their litter. However, this doesn’t guarantee that they will turn out like you expected. When you get a rescue dog you can meet them and see if they are the right fit for you. You can see whether they are timid, boisterous or affectionate. The rescue centre will match you with a dog that is best for your lifestyle.

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!


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