Shelter services


Life’s better together with a pet.

By adopting a dog, puppy, cat or kitten from an animal shelter like The Lost Dogs’ Home, you are giving an animal in need a much deserved second chance and in return you’ll be rewarded with a loving and loyal companion.

View the animals available for adoption; dogs and cats.

The adoption process

Considering adopting an animal from the Home, but don’t know where to start? Check out our adoptions pages to view our beautiful animals available for adoption. We are no longer taking applications and work on a walk-in basis for animals.

Our adoptions team will work with you to help match you to your ideal pet. They’ll also explain the needs of your new companion and answer any questions you have about the adoptions process.

Be aware the adoption process can take some time, especially during busy periods such as weekends and holidays. Allow at least an hour for your visit.

How much does it cost?

The adoption fee helps to cover the cost for desexing, vaccinating, microchipping, flea treating and worming your new pet. All dogs and cats available for adoption undergo a thorough heath and temperament test from a qualified veterinarian and the Home’s behavioural department before adoption. Dogs are heartworm checked and cats are FIV tested. Our adoption fees vary from a suggested donation of $50 or more through to $800 depending on the animal you are looking to adopt.

Where can I find out more?

The Adopting from The Lost Dogs’ Home factsheet contains more information about the Home’s adoption’s process as well as more detail on adoption fees.

Our adoptions team is available to answer any questions you have about the adoptions process or the animals available for adoption. They can be contacted on or (03) 9329 2755