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? Come down to our North Melbourne or Campaspe shelters to meet the animals available for adoption.

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.

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.

  • Puppies (less than six months old): $500
  • Adult dogs: $400
  • Kittens (less than six months old): $225
  • Adult cats: $115
  • Senior dogs and cats (seven years and older): donation only.

Where can I find out more?

The Adopting from The Lost Dogs’ Home factsheet contains more information about the Home’s adoption’s process.

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 (03) 9329 2755.