We decided to create adoptable.co.uk after a recent visit to a pet rescue centre. We went there for a meeting with the Rescue Centre Manager, who had asked us for advice on a new website. We sat chatting in the open-plan reception-office area for about 45 minutes, and during that time three people telephoned and two people visited the centre in person, all trying to find a home for a cat or dog they couldn’t keep any more. Sadly, all these people were turned away without help because the centre was totally full and the volunteer staff didn’t know of any other local centres with spaces.
When we spoke with the manager she explained that the centre alway operated at almost full capacity, but that since the recent economic turn-down, they had been receiving so many requests for help that they simply couldn’t cope. The number of unwanted pets had skyrocketed, whereas the number of people adopting had fallen slightly, probably for economic reasons.
As she explained, the centre leaned heavily on the help provided by volunteer temporary foster carers – people who provide short-term emergency accommodation for pets prior to rehousing – but that all their foster carers we all ‘fully booked’, and that new carers were incredibly hard to find. It was an eye-opener for us.
Our aims are very simple; we want to provide a place where private individuals and pet rescue organisations, particularly smaller ‘local’ voluntary groups, can advertise pets which need to find new homes. Advertising these pets is, and always will be, totally free. We also want to provide a place where people can find pets in need of adoption in their local area, not just from larger charities who can afford their own websites, but also from smaller groups and from private individuals who might not otherwise know where to advertise pets for adoption. We want to make it as easy as possible for potential adopters to find their ideal pet and get in touch with its keepers-owners. We can’t vet people who list their pets on Adoptable, nor can we vet people who are interested in adopting a pet – that’s not what we’re here for. We simply want to create a way to bring Adopters and Adoptable pets together!
After hearing about how hard it is to find temporary carers or temporary foster carers, we decided to also set up a simple register which allows you to volunteer to help rescue centres in your area, and which will allow (only) recognised charities and voluntary groups to contact any carers in their area.
We don’t expect Adoptable to change the world, or put an end to homeless pets, but we wanted to at least do our bit to help.
Who is behind Adoptable.co.uk?
Adoptable.co.uk is the ‘pet’ project of a small group of animal lovers who also happen to be website designers. Our names are not important, because the site isn’t here for us, but for the pets it features. We are NOT a registered charity but we created and will run the site on an entirely voluntary basis, free for all to use.
Obviously the site has costs, so if necessary, as we don’t anticipate getting donations, we might agree to accept a limited amount of advertising in the future from pet-related organisations such as Vets, Catteries, Kennels and pet product companies in order to pay for its upkeep. However, the site will be run on a non-profit basis, no matter what. Any excess funds received, wherever they come from, will be donated to the rescue centre or cause of our choice.
Can you contribute?
The focus of this site is on helping to rehome pets, whatever type they may be. However, the site will also feature appropriate stories and news items, plus articles on pet care, and in that respect we welcome written contributions from people involved with animal welfare. We also ask those of you who adopt a pet through this site to send us an email telling us your story, with a few photos, so that we can post these success stories on the site. Other than that, if you wish to make a small contribution to help keep the site afloat we welcome your help, but it’s not why we’re here. If that’s what you want to do, just send us an email telling us and we’ll tell you how to make a donation. All in all, we just want adoptable.co.uk to make a difference, and we hope you can help us to make it so!