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Pets4Homes (www.pets4homes.co.uk) is the UK’s largest free online pet marketplace, relied upon by more than 7 million people monthly to rehome over 2,700 animals each day. Founded in 2005 and acquired by Pet Media Group in August 2019, Pets4Homes prioritises responsible practices and works to ensure trust, safety, and convenience for buyers and sellers. Through its focus on safeguarding animal welfare, Pets4Homes has earned a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot (with over 6,000 reviews and counting!).
For those looking to buy or adopt a dog, cat, horse, rabbit, fish, bird or reptile, Pets4Homes provides a safe environment in which to find their dream pet, alongside expert advice on pet health and veterinary care, tips on what to look for in a reputable breeder, and secure payment through its Pets4Homes Deposit Service. Pets4Homes connects a high volume of serious buyers with responsible breeders and is also trusted by a number of leading UK animal shelters and charities.
Yes, we manually approve the majority of adverts that are placed on our Pets4Homes website in addition to applying other tools and safeguards (see below). We are confident that we operate the most stringent safeguarding policies of any site in the UK, however we cannot visit any of the advertisers homes, therefore, it is ultimately the buyers responsibility to make any necessary checks on the advertisers before buying or adopting a pet. To help prospective pet owners we provide thorough checklists to help ensure a potential pet’s wellbeing and a successful rehoming, as well as advice on the responsibilities of each buyer. We also rely on our website users who visit the pets to report any suspicious advertisers.
Pets4Homes Deposit Service - Pets4Homes has launched the Pets4Homes Deposit Service, the first anti-fraud feature of its kind for any pet marketplace. Using the Pets4Homes Deposit Service, buyers can safely transfer the required deposit through Pets4Homes, where it will be held in an escrow account until both parties have confirmed that they are happy for the rehoming process to be completed. The Pets4Homes Deposit Service is free-of-charge for sellers, whilst buyers are charged a service fee. If a buyer cancels a deposit, or the seller changes their mind, the deposit will be refunded to the buyer’s bank account. This means greater security and peace of mind for both the buyer and the breeder.
Verification checks - In addition to the Pets4Homes Deposit Service, Pets4Homes has a number of verification features within the platform. The platform requires licenced breeders to submit a copy of their licencing details and displays the licence details publicly where relevant. Additionally, each seller is required to confirm their UK-based phone number, adding an additional layer of security on top of Pets4Homes’ own tools and manual moderation efforts.
Animal welfare, regulations and advice - Pets4Homes has a zero tolerance approach to unethical sale of animals and puppy farming. Each advert posted on Pets4Homes is manually reviewed to ensure that it abides by our strict animal welfare standards, resulting in around 40% of all adverts being declined.
Unacceptable listings include: pets advertised as gifts or presents; puppies without a photo of the mother; imported pets for the purpose of being sold; sellers offering a delivery or courier service; ‘designer’ pets, amongst many other additional factors.
Community guidelines - With over 6,000 articles written by veterinarians, reputable breeders and experts, Pets4Homes offers advice to buyers and sellers on pet health, care and behaviour. Additionally, Pets4Homes have full breed profiles and thorough rehoming checklists for each pet type, as well as a Trust & Safety portal. Pets4Homes also operates PetForums, the largest pet forum in the UK, where animal lovers and experts can exchange experiences and share advice.
In addition to our own Trust & Safety team, Pets4homes offers an in-platform ‘report’ function, which is monitored around the clock, 7 days a week, by our Trust & Safety team. Any reports are investigated, and Pets4Homes liaises with local councils and the RSPCA, to resolve potential concerns from the community. Pets4Homes also upholds the Animal Welfare Act, Lucy’s Law, PAAG’s minimum standards and is actively petitioning the Government to ban unethical importing of puppies, to prevent the abuse of animals and puppy farming.
We are committed to stamping-out the practice of puppy farming and have a zero tolerance approach to any advertisers suspected of this. We do everything in our power to prevent puppy farmers from trying to use our website. We monitor the number of adverts that we allow each advertiser to place, and check an advertiser’s local authority breeder’s license to ensure validity. However, just because a breeder has a valid council license to breed dogs, does not mean we will automatically allow them to use our service. If we believe a breeder is a large commercial breeder and not looking after their dogs, we will prevent them from using our platform. We also work closely with local councils and animal welfare organisations (for example, C.A.R.I.A.D) to prevent known puppy farmers from attempting to use our website. Pets4Homes.co.uk was created for pet owners, responsible hobby breeders and rescue centers, we therefore do our best to stop irresponsible people from abusing our free service.
We have a list of standards we have created that we stick to when approving or banning adverts. You can read them by clicking here. We also follow the Pet Advertising Advisory Groups (PAAGS's) minimum standards.
Pets4Homes.co.uk pet classifieds website is run by a small team and is a free service, therefore we are currently unable to provide telephone support, but you can contact us via email using our 'Contact Us' form, or alternatively write to us at our address below, and we will try to reply to you as soon as we can:
The Pets4Homes Team