Finding the perfect furry friend: how to rehome an animal that fits your lifestyle, family, and home

Sep 28, 2023

Welcoming a furry friend into your family is a life-changing decision that requires thoughtful consideration and preparation. Adopting an animal from Ferne Animal Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to provide a loving forever home to a deserving creature in need. However, ensuring a successful adoption goes beyond falling in love with a charming face. It’s essential to understand how to rehome an animal that fits your lifestyle, family dynamics, and home environment, taking into account the specific needs of different breeds and individuals. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing the perfect animal companion for you and your family.

Assess your lifestyle:

Before bringing a pet into your life, take an honest assessment of your daily routine and lifestyle. Different animals have diverse needs, and understanding how well they align with your lifestyle is crucial. Consider the following:

Time commitment: Dogs, for instance, thrive on companionship and exercise. If you have an active lifestyle and can dedicate time for daily walks and play, a canine companion could be an ideal fit. On the other hand, cats can be more independent and may suit individuals with busy schedules better.

Living situation: Evaluate your living arrangements and determine whether your home and garden are suitable for the specific animal you are considering.  Some dogs may need time and space to be able to relax and play with plenty of space, others may not need as much such as the golden oldies who really just want a quieter life,. comfy nap spot and lots of cuddles.

Work schedule: Think about how much time you can spend with your new pet. Dogs, in particular, need regular interaction and shouldn’t be left alone for extended periods.  If you work full time but can offer a lovely home to a dog, perhaps consider if a dog walker or pet sitter to call in and let the dog out for a bathroom break and perhaps spend some time with is a viable option for you.

Understand different breeds and species:

Each breed and species of animal comes with unique characteristics and care requirements. Take the time to research and understand the needs and temperament of different breeds to find the perfect match for your family.  Even within breeds, every individual is very different.

Dogs: Breeds vary greatly in size, energy levels, grooming needs, and temperaments. Some breeds are more suited for families with children, while others are better for single individuals or seniors. Take some time to research specific breeds so you understand which breeds align best with your family’s preferences and lifestyle.

Cats: Cats come in different personalities, from sociable and affectionate to more independent and reserved. Consider your activity levels and the type of interaction you desire with your feline companion.

Small animals: If you’re considering adopting a smaller pet like a rabbit or guinea pig, ensure you have the necessary space, proper enclosure, appropriate companions and knowledge of their dietary and environmental needs.

Visit Ferne Animal Sanctuary and interact

When you are ready to rehome an animal following a home check and have booked an appointment with the team, come to the sanctuary to meet the animal you have enquired about. Spend time getting to know the animal’s behaviour, temperament, and its compatibility with you and your family.  The team will talk to you about the individual animal’s personality, behaviour, health and needs.  Take the time to ask the sanctuary’s staff for insights into the animal’s history and any specific requirements and how they might fit into your lifestyle.

Prepare your home:

All being well, you will have now booked a date to collect your new companion, so it’s time to prepare your living space to provide a safe and welcoming environment. Set up a cozy bed or crate, stock up on essentials like food, water bowls, toys, and grooming supplies. Pet-proof your home by securing potentially hazardous items and creating designated areas for your new family member.

When visiting the sanctuary, pop into our on-site shop. We stock a range of animal care products and food at competitive prices. If you need something that we don’t stock, let us know and we will be happy to order it in for you. We also have a lovely gift store selling a wide range of carefully selected products and produce.

Provide a gentle transition for your new companion:

Adopted animals may require an adjustment period as they settle into their new home. Be patient and understanding, offering gentle guidance and positive reinforcement as they adapt to their new surroundings. Keep in mind that some animals may require re-training or behavioural support as they get accustomed to their new life.  Some animals adjust more easily than others, it is important to consider the stress your new friend has been through with losing their original owner, going into a very strange environment and then coming into your home.  Love and patience generally are the key and we are always here for ongoing support.


Adopting an animal is a hugely rewarding and life-enriching experience that should be approached with care and consideration. By aligning the needs of different animals with your lifestyle, family dynamics, and home environment, you can ensure a successful rehoming that brings joy and fulfilment to both you and your new furry companion. Ferne Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to assisting you throughout this journey, guiding you in making the best choice for you and your future pet. With love, patience, and proper care, your adopted animal will become a cherished member of your family for years to come.