Table 1

Adoption sourcing methods reported

FindingNper cent*
How participants found out about the organisation(2773)
 Social media147553
 Search engine42315
 Charity website28110
 Other (includes meeting organisation when abroad, newspaper/magazine appeal)355-
How participants found the dog when not importing through an organisation(257)
 Social media12245
 Whilst on holiday4918
 Whilst living abroad238
Sources of information used regarding moving dogs between countries
 Information from the rescue155450
 GOV.UK website61820
 Social media57019
 Other online sources431
 Veterinary advice321
 Prior knowledge361
 Other (eg, phone calls to DEFRA, foster person, other rescue charities or other informant)29-
  • *Do not sum up to 100% as multiple choices could be made.