Table 1

Adoption sourcing methods reported

FindingNper cent*
How participants found out about the organisation(2773)
 Social media147553
 Word-of-mouth63123
 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
 Word-of-mouth5219
 Whilst on holiday4918
 Whilst living abroad238
 Website228
 Other52
Sources of information used regarding moving dogs between countries
 Information from the rescue155450
 GOV.UK website61820
 Social media57019
 Friends43014
 Airlines/Ferries/Transport1776
 None993
 Other online sources431
 Veterinary advice321
 Prior knowledge361
 NA3<1
 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.