North Melbourne

Dogs for adoption at North Melbourne

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    Ava

    Ava
    Staffy Cross, 1 year 11 months, Female

    Ruby

    Ruby
    Jack Russell Terrier Cross, 10 years 4 months, Female

    Henry

    Henry
    Jack Russell Terrier Cross, 5 years 1 month, Male

    Ashton

    Ashton
    Jack Russell Terrier Cross, 3 years 10 months, Male

    Jack

    Jack
    Jack Russell Terrier Cross, 10 years 6 months, Male

    Bess

    Bess
    Terrier Cross, 3 years, Female

    Cindy

    Cindy
    Terrier Cross, 8 years, Female

    Gus

    Gus
    Pomeranian Cross, 6 years 3 months, Male

    Morris

    Morris
    Terrier Cross, 3 years, Male

    Betty

    Betty
    Maltese Cross, 12 years, Female

    Eddie

    Eddie
    Staffy Cross, 7 months, Male

    Molly

    Molly
    Chihuahua Cross, 2 years, Female

    Emma

    Emma
    Jack Russell Terrier Cross, 1 year 9 months, Female

    Milly

    Milly
    Dogue De Bordeaux Cross, 5 years 2 months, Female

    Doug

    Doug
    Staffy Cross, 6 years 9 months, Male

    Lexi

    Lexi
    Kelpie Cross, 10 months 3 weeks, Female

    Ricky

    Ricky
    Kelpie Cross, 10 months 3 weeks, Male

    Benson

    Benson
    Terrier Cross, 7 years, Male

    Boo

    Boo
    Pomeranian Cross, 3 years, Male

    Jezebel

    Jezebel
    Staffy Cross, 1 year, Female

    Questions about adoption:

    Do you sell or offer dogs for adoption?

    Yes. We offer dogs for adoption and we charge to cover the running costs of the shelter.

    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 exam. The price is very cheap compared to buying a dog from a breeder or pet shop. We don't make a lot of money on adoptions, and what we do make goes back into the organisation.

    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?

    Yes, we'll hold an animal for up to 24 hours.

    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?

    No. We still have to perform the same procedures on each dog, and the adoption price covers our costs.

    Is my adopted dog going to bite me?

    No. If it was, it wouldn't have been passed for adoption. Every dog passed for adoption has passed temperament and behaviour tests.

    Why don't you have more dogs up for adoption?

    Because our adoption rate is high – dogs go in and out quickly. Adoption numbers are getting higher each year, but demand is still higher than we can keep up with.

    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?

    It is recommended that you bring  your existing dog with you to the Home to meet your potential new pet and to see that their temperaments match. Please note there is a slight risk of catching kennel cough if they are not fully vaccinated.

    What's the green tag I receive when adopting a pet?

    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.

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