Giving up a beloved pet for adoption is never an easy decision, especially when it is through no fault of the owner or animal themselves. Mayhew has a solution that ensures a safe and secure transition from home to home, that limits the distress of the rehoming process.
‘Rehome From Home’ is a simple yet extremely effective scheme that means pets that are going through the rehoming process can stay with their current owners until a suitable new home is found. This means that pets that might not be able to cope in shelter environments can stay in the comfort of their own home, and current owners can be involved in where and who their pet will be living with.
Mayhew offers hands on advice and support to everyone involved in a Rehome From Home pet adoption, and makes sure each animal is vet checked, healthy and happy before they make their move to their new home. Crucially, this scheme also creates valuable space in shelters for animals who may need more urgent, on-site care.
The scheme has already helped dogs such as Robbie transition to a new home. Robbie’s loving owner died last summer and daughter Susan was left heartbroken. Susan couldn’t bear to loose Robbie as well, so despite already having a pet, she decided to keep Robbie in the family.
After realising that Robbie and her rescue cat were not getting along, no matter how hard she tried to make it work, she and her husband had to come to the difficult decision of putting Robbie up for adoption. A neighbour recommended Mayhew, however Susan was worried Robbie would not adapt to being in kennels, as he is an older dog that has never been left alone before.
A reassuring chat with Mayhew’s Adoption Officers, and a full health and behavioural assessment for Robbie, saw them as the perfect candidates for the Rehome From Home scheme. This was a delight to Susan as it meant she could be involved in the search for Robbie’s perfect family, and they could spend extra time together before the potential adopters came to visit.
Soon enough, a man and his wife came to visit Robbie and immediately fell in love with him – as he did them. The couple were able to ask Susan direct and extensive questions about Robbie’s history, likes, dislikes and needs, and could spend time getting to know him in a natural home environment. After the couple’s second visit, they confirmed that they wanted to go ahead and adopt Robbie. Mayhew completed all the final home and health checks, and gave the go ahead for Robbie to be rehomed.
Susan said, “It was so reassuring to meet Robbie’s new owners in person. He bounded over to them as soon as they arrived, and sat on the sofa with them for ages! You could really tell he loved them, and they loved him. They even sent us a video of him at Christmas, which was such a nice touch. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without Mayhew. Their staff were incredibly kind and caring to us all throughout the process, and we are extremely grateful for their help.”
Robbie’s new owner Toby added “Mayhew’s Rehome From Home scheme worked so well. It must have been much less stressful for Robbie, and it allowed us to get to know him in familiar surroundings. It was great to meet his former owners and be told everything about him, which meant we could make his transition to his new home much more comfortable. It also gave us a much better idea of him from the start.”
Saying goodbye to Robbie was certainly easier for Susan knowing who and where he was going to. Happily, Toby and Susan still keep in touch, and Toby sends Susan photos and updates from Robbie – he enjoys a very exciting life with his new family, spending regular weekends on Toby’s narrowboat and going on long walks in the countryside!
To find out more about this scheme, please visit their website here or call 0208 962 8000 to speak to someone in detail.