Before you adopt

Adopting a shelter pet is a lifelong decision that will have a major impact on your normal, everyday life. Please remember that a cat or dog can live for up to 20 years and they will rely on you for their entire life.

Never buy a pet for someone as a gift. All too often animals that were given as a gift are surrendered to us. If you would like to surprise someone with an animal perhaps consider creating a ‘voucher’ and choosing the animal together. Alternatively, you can make a donation to us, on their behalf.

Before adopting an animal please consider the following:

Time commitment

  • Do I have time to exercise the dog every day?
  • Do I have time for puppy pre-school and to socialise a puppy?
  • Do I have time for obedience training?
  • Do I have at least an hour every day to spend time with my cat?

My home

  • If renting, does the landlord permit pets?
  • Will I have to move to another rental property where the landlord may not allow pets?
  • Is the backyard big enough and is the fencing secure?
  • Does the whole family want a pet?
  • Will the pet be allowed inside? Pets want and need to be close to their family.
  • Will I have to move interstate or overseas in the foreseeable future?

Can I afford a pet?

Pets are a lifelong financial commitment. You will need to factor in:

  • Weekly animal food bills and necessities
  • Annual council registration
  • Monthly medications like heart worm, intestinal worm and flea treatments
  • Annual vet visits for vaccinations and check-ups
  • Unexpected vet bills due to accidents or medical conditions
  • Ongoing grooming
  • Boarding fees for human holidays
  • Enrichment such as training, toys etc.

If you have honestly answered ‘yes!’ to all of the above, then please view our animals available for adoption.