Anyone can join our agency,
if you think your pet has what it takes.
Animals are increasingly used for marketing and advertising purposes. Every animal you see on TV, in magazines and in lifestyle shots is a professional pet model or actor.
There isn’t one specific type of pet that’s particularly in demand over any others and your animal doesn’t need to be a certain breed to be an animal star. Mixed breeds are in high demand for pet modelling, as are pedigrees. Indeed, many different types of pets are popular for different kinds of work and that’s why we accept most well-trained pets to offer our clients.
Your pet’s profile will be assessed by lots of agents, photographers and of course film directors who are looking for animal hire for their specific brief. All of our work is always paid, which varies – all depending on the job.
Unfortunately, we don’t take animals who are under 12 months old onto the agency books.
However, we do get work for young animals, please download our puppy/kitten application form and submit via email.
Checks before you apply.
IMPORTANT: You need to take videos of your pet outdoors, away from the comfort zone of the family home. Film your animal 5-10 feet away responding to commands and performing any known tricks.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THIS VIDEO GUIDELINE.
Get some photos of your pet on a plain background, headshots, sitting, standing, side view and full body. Action and personality shots are also important and if your pet can work with props (holding a lead, wearing a bandana etc) then send them over too.
When you fill out the form, please put as much info as possible as this will help decide what type of work is suitable for your pet.
Frequently asked questions
Is there a cost to join the agency?
There is no cost to join the agency and be featured on our website. A one-off Payment of £40+VAT for website maintenance and administration will be taken from your first job payment.
Can my pet become a model?
Your pet’s profile will be assessed by lots of agents, photographers & of course film directors who are looking for animal hire for their specific brief. All of our work is always paid, which varies – all depending on the job.
Do you take a commission?
Yes, we do take a commission
Is travel covered?
Yes, travel is covered.
How long do we have to wait for payment?
Payment can take 6-8 weeks after the job has been completed which is standard for the media industry.
Does my animal need pet insurance?
Yes, as some clients do require the animal be insured.
What skills do animal models need?
All animals need to be people friendly and comfortable in busy/loud environments.
Cat and dogs will need to have all basic commands and can respond from a distance.
Other animals will need to be comfortable being handled and happy to travel.
What happens once my pet has been enrolled?
UPUK will create a bespoke profile on our website for our clients to read about the animal, view images and watch the tricks/commands on the showreel.
We will then promote your animal to our B2B audiences.
Your animal will be announced as a new face on our social media platforms.
Once a suitable job has been selected for your pet, one of our bookers will get in touch to discuss.