Do you sell or offer dogs for adoption?
Yes. We offer dogs for adoption and we charge to cover the costs of treatment and care in preparation for adoption.
How much do you charge to adopt a dog?
The adoption fees are different depending on the shelter. Please see contact us
for more information.
Why do you charge so much (or at all) for adoption?
The charge covers our costs including desexing, microchipping, vaccinations, worming, vet check and behavioural assessment. The adoption fee is reasonably low once compared to buying a dog from a breeder or pet shop.
What are your adoption hours?
The hours are different depending on the location of the shelter. Please see our contact details and opening hours
What's involved in the adoption process?
You come in and have a look at the dogs available for adoption. An animal attendant will walk you through and you'll get a chance to interact with the dog. Once you've chosen a dog, you go through into the vet clinic, fill in an adoption agreement and questionnaire, then come back into the office and pay. The whole process takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
I've seen a dog I'm interested in on the website. Can you hold it for me?
We are happy to assist you if you have your heart set on a particular pet. Please call our adoption team for more information on 9329 2755 with the Animal ID handy.
Are your dogs ready to take home straight away?
Yes, they're all desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.
Can you tell me if a dog put up for adoption is a surrendered dog or a stray?
We can't tell you about a specific dog, but most of our dogs for adoption are strays.
Is there a discount if I adopt 2 dogs at once?
The adoption fee covers the costs of preparing each dog for adoption so further discounts cannot apply.
When do your adoption dogs go up on the website?
Dogs generally undergo preparation for adoption towards the start of the week and they are updated on the website in real time. Please keep checking back online to see current dogs up for adoption.
Do you test dogs for cat friendliness?
No, we don't have any cats suitable for this. It would be too stressful for our stray cats. If you have any issues in the first 2 weeks, you can bring the dog back.
Can I bring my existing dog in to meet a potential adopted dog?
If you already own a dog you must bring him or her with you to the Home to meet your potential new pet in order to see whether their temperaments match. Please note there is a slight risk of catching kennel cough if they are not fully vaccinated.
I am currently renting and would like to adopt. What should I do?
It's always best to seek landlord permission if you intend on adopting a pet. For more information please read the Tenants Union of Victoria renting with pets factsheet
What's the green tag I receive when adopting a pet? (QLD only)
The green tag identifies the pet as part of the National Pet Register
. It’s not the same as a microchip or a council tag.