Metro Bank refunds customers when they rehome a dog or a cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Refunds will be up to a maximum of £65 for cats and £105 for dogs.
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Metro Bank refunds customers when they rehome a dog or a cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Refunds will be up to a maximum of £65 for cats and £105 for dogs.

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Found 1st Jan 2015
Quote from their website:

Buying a dog or a cat?
We are delighted to announce that Metro Bank refunds new and existing Metro Bank customers when they rehome a dog or a cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Refunds will be up to a maximum of £65 for cats and £105 for dogs.

Our passion for dogs is expanding. We're not only helping our customers provide a suitable home for homeless dogs but we're also supporting those who wish to help cats.

All customers need to do to qualify for this, is present us with the receipt*, a voucher from the BDC Home and have a Metro Bank account with a minimum credit of £100. We will then refund the money back into the Metro Bank Account. It’s as simple as that.
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How much for a goldfish?

*Please note we will accept receipts dated from 23 April 2012.



23 April 2012 hot hot hot
Never heard of metro bank' obviously I'm out of touch with the subject.

Heat added as this is obviously a great deal for those that are thinking about re homing a mutt or a moggy
Harefield dogs trust is screwed.
Edited by: "MikeLondon" 1st Jan 2015
That's a very good idea.
While I can see it's a great gesture, I worry that it might encourage people to get a dog or cat just because it's free and when the notion wears off .......
Only the heartless uncaring would vote this cold

Heat added

More banks should be supporting this - to reduce the criminality and profiteering by unscrupulous dog breeders/importers
lianne21

While I can see it's a great gesture, I worry that it might encourage … While I can see it's a great gesture, I worry that it might encourage people to get a dog or cat just because it's free and when the notion wears off .......



Its not free.

You pay to get an animal from the trust.
YouDontWantToKnow

Its not free.You pay to get an animal from the trust.



Are you drunk ??
This is not actually that bad ..... :-)
This worries me on so many levels - I'd rather the bank gave an equivalent donation to BDH on production of a receipt, I don't think people should be rewarded for deciding to home a needy animal, nor swayed to do so by the lure of a financial payout. I dog or cat should be 'for life', a hard thought-through decision and should be a totally selfless decision with the animals welfare the only priority - the money should go to BDH (or any other genuine rescue organisation), not the new owner. Call me cynical but I'm wondering how the bank is going to 'request' payments back if the new pet doesn't fit in with the new owners expectations or lifestyle and they return it (or lose it)

Its not free.You pay to get an animal from the trust.



lianne21

Are you drunk ??


Errrm no

You wrote

I worry that it might encourage people to get a dog or cat just because … I worry that it might encourage people to get a dog or cat just because it's free



There is no FREE animal. You pay the home & you will get half to two thirds of your money back.

Are you drunk?


Edited by: "YouDontWantToKnow" 2nd Jan 2015
Battersea rehoming fees are £135 for dogs (over six months) and £165 for puppies (under six months),
and rehoming fees are £75 for cats (over six months of age), £85 for kittens (under six months), £120 for a pair of cats and £130 for a pair of kittens (under six months).
And how many of those animals are going to end up on Gumtree etc when the true costs of pet ownership sink in? The bank would be better giving an equivalent donation. The fee covers the costs of first vaccinations, worm/flea treatments, microchip and neutering so it's already a bargain!
sparky111091

And how many of those animals are going to end up on Gumtree etc when the … And how many of those animals are going to end up on Gumtree etc when the true costs of pet ownership sink in? The bank would be better giving an equivalent donation. The fee covers the costs of first vaccinations, worm/flea treatments, microchip and neutering so it's already a bargain!


It's possible that an animal from Battersea could be abandoned but I expect that there are advantages to incentivising potential pet owners to re-home an animal. Somewhere like Battersea is likely to have a frank discussion with the re-homer re costs/responsibilities of pet ownership. It also leads to the re-homing of an animal already in 'the system', taking demand away from pet breeders and so not adding any additional animals to the system.
I've just had my last cat for round for christmas dinner he was very tast (cough, woof, bark) I mean a very pleasant guest. Could really use that £65 and another lunch!
Banking and pet ownership have no business being related - it will never lead to anything positive.

"I'm looking to switch banks. Oh look, if I switch to metro bank I can get a pet thrown in for cheap." -> Pet's welfare not considered.

"I'm looking for a pet. Oh look, if i switch to metro bank I can save money." -> Pet owner is distracted from pet, with banking related decisions.

"I'm looking for a pet, buy can't afford the adoption cost. Oh look, metro bank can do it cheap." -> If you can't afford the adoption fee, you shouldn't be considering a pet. Period.

What's next? Mortgage rebate if you adopt a child?!?
While equally distasteful, at least there's an element of logic in associating parenthood with property ownership.
I am surprised to learn that you pay to rehome a dog from Battersea. And before somebody says the place isn't free, it does have some volunteers - but I had presumed was funded by a combination of donations (and perhaps the National Lottery?). Learn something new every day

Either way, I agree with TehJumpingJawa and Bargainhuntersupreme.

1. It's such a random thing, I am flabbergasted somebody thought of this as a banking perk. Even more amazed an executive somewhere approved it.
2. If they really want to help cats & dogs, they could encourage animal activists to join them by donating the money to the worthy charity and not to somebody for adopting a dog.
What bank?
I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas

We have an 9 yo staffie that we adopted from our local RSPCA rehoming centre 2½ years ago.
I think the sentiment is genuine, but the concept, as discussed, is not well thought through.
Groovii D

I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas :)We have an … I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas :)We have an 9 yo staffie that we adopted from our local RSPCA rehoming centre 2½ years ago.



Has the staffie also been wrapped up for 9 years? Have you seen it move recently?
cold an animals life shouldnt have a cash incentive.
Groovii D

I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas We have … I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas We have an 9 yo staffie that we adopted from our local RSPCA rehoming centre 2½ years ago.

idiot
Firefly1

I am surprised to learn that you pay to rehome a dog from Battersea. And … I am surprised to learn that you pay to rehome a dog from Battersea. And before somebody says the place isn't free, it does have some volunteers - but I had presumed was funded by a combination of donations (and perhaps the National Lottery?). Learn something new every day :pEither way, I agree with TehJumpingJawa and Bargainhuntersupreme.1. It's such a random thing, I am flabbergasted somebody thought of this as a banking perk. Even more amazed an executive somewhere approved it.2. If they really want to help cats & dogs, they could encourage animal activists to join them by donating the money to the worthy charity and not to somebody for adopting a dog.

since being taken over by the Canadians the national lottery doesn't fund any uk projects anymore!
Bargainhuntersupreme

This worries me on so many levels - I'd rather the bank gave an … This worries me on so many levels - I'd rather the bank gave an equivalent donation to BDH on production of a receipt, I don't think people should be rewarded for deciding to home a needy animal, nor swayed to do so by the lure of a financial payout. I dog or cat should be 'for life', a hard thought-through decision and should be a totally selfless decision with the animals welfare the only priority - the money should go to BDH (or any other genuine rescue organisation), not the new owner. Call me cynical but I'm wondering how the bank is going to 'request' payments back if the new pet doesn't fit in with the new owners expectations or lifestyle and they return it (or lose it)



You said everything I was going to say. I don't really understand how this bank can say they have a passion for dogs and cats when they're refunding what is a drop in the ocean on what an owner will pay in the lifetime of a pet (while still being meaningful enough to prevent some would-be irresponsible owners), whereas it would be a significant gesture to donate it back on top of what the owner has already paid. I genuinely wonder what BDH think of this proposal.
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Not cool. Monetary incentives? Jesus the people who came up with this idea are idiots.
while this may have drawbacks, it could also be an incentive to draw peopke away from free sites and take dogs from kennels, draw awareness to battersea and increase their footfall?
with regards to people using this to get a dog for very little- they're still going to initially pay this money out, then it's probably a slight rigmarole to recoup the money from the bank!
also battersea I would imagine have quite strict homing procedures.
Gillybean177

with regards to people using this to get a dog for very little- they're … with regards to people using this to get a dog for very little- they're still going to initially pay this money out, then it's probably a slight rigmarole to recoup the money from the bank!also battersea I would imagine have quite strict homing procedures.

Exactly what I thought. It probably will still happen, but I don't think it will occur as frequently as some people suggest. It might encourage more people to rehome a dog, which is a good thing. It's definitely an odd offer though!
A lot of people on pedestals here!
unsure about this deal. if the money back sways you to have an animal you shouldn't have one, if you need the money back to afford an animal you shouldn't have one. if you were going to get an animal anyway then this is a nice gesture and could maybe sway you away from going via a breeder but I doubt those who would spend a large amount on a dog from a breeder are financially motivated (well for £100)
There are numerous animal rescue societies/charities and none of these are as well supported or known about as BDCH. Why doesn't this bank so something for the lesser charities, especially this time of the year. I help with Weimaraner Rescue and the state some of these beautiful creatures are left in before we get them. Everyone doing fostering for the charity (3 people) get no financial incentive/recompense and should an animal have to be put to sleep for matters outside of its or the charity's control, the charity has to pay for it out of what little it has.
Firefly1

I am surprised to learn that you pay to rehome a dog from Battersea. And … I am surprised to learn that you pay to rehome a dog from Battersea. And before somebody says the place isn't free, it does have some volunteers - but I had presumed was funded by a combination of donations (and perhaps the National Lottery?). Learn something new every day :pEither way, I agree with TehJumpingJawa and Bargainhuntersupreme.1. It's such a random thing, I am flabbergasted somebody thought of this as a banking perk. Even more amazed an executive somewhere approved it.2. If they really want to help cats & dogs, they could encourage animal activists to join them by donating the money to the worthy charity and not to somebody for adopting a dog.


I volunteer for local Cats Protection. The 'Adoption Fee' (approx. £65) includes neutering, worming, microchip & vaccinations; a responsible pet owner would know what this would add up to at the vets.
Dogs Trust, RPSCA, Blue Cross - all charge a similar 'Adoption Fee'. I believe the reason it's a 'Fee' as opposed to a 'Donation' is that it helps the charity to reclaim VAT.
I will vote deal hot simply because the thread may raise awareness of animal charities.
Please get a Pet for the right reasons.
I have five pets, three from the same pet rescue organisation, Second Chance. One of them, is my very grotty BFF, I love her beyond words and the thought of what she went through before she came to us reduces me to tears. However she is by far and away, the most expensive free dog ever.
You may get a dog free, or cheap, but the cost of *caring* for a pet can be significant, especially, as mine have, they come to you with medical conditions in place.
Although I think their motivation is good, I agree with previous comments that it would be better for the bank to contribute to BDH directly and on top of the initial rehoming fee.
I also feel very strongly that 'non destruction policy' (except for terminal health problems and temperament issues) rescue and rehoming organisations should be supported and promoted but I'm totally apalled by certain organisations that are very politically motivated, PR driven, money grabbing and use 'euthanasia' as the norm.
Groovii D

I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas We have … I might get one, wrap it and put it aside for next Christmas We have an 9 yo staffie that we adopted from our local RSPCA rehoming centre 2½ years ago.



​ They might do a part exchange for a younger model ?
I'm surprised at the cold votes and comments regarding the "type of people" who may now be encouraged to rehome an animal due to the supposed financial incentive on offer. If it helps raise awareness of animal charities and in turn keeps people away from unscrupulous breeders, then it's a thumbs up from me
Unfortunately a high proportion of the dogs that end up in rescue originally came from 'unscrupulous' breeders. If the breeders were ethical they would have contracts with the purchaser which stated that if the dog could not be kept for any reason then it should be returned to the breeder. Not all dog breeders are 'unscrupulous', not all 'rescue organisations' are 'scrupulous'. There are many fantastic breed and general rescues that don't have the benefit of being subjects of multi-million pound Press campaigns, nor do they waste valuable resources on advertising. The unsung heroes are those which quietly get on with the rescue and rehoming.
"There are many fantastic breed and general rescues that don't have the benefit of being subjects of multi-million pound Press campaigns"
I agree completely, my mother spent many years doing animal charity work and dog rehoming when I was a child, before it was fashionable even ;-) My personal preference has therefore always been to take my dogs from these sources. So yes, BDC is one of the better known and supported already, but I still applaud the efforts of any charity that get a bank to part with cash to support it!
Whilst there are some tw4ts that will ruin every deal in some way, if this helps persuade some potential owners to help out a dog that might be put down instead of getting a new one then that's a good thing
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