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Adopting from us

Each year, the RSPCA finds loving new homes for more than 10,000 animals. You can be assured that our expert Adoption team will help you find a companion that is a perfect match for your family, home and lifestyle. All of our pets are friendly, healthy, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated, which is all included in the adoption fee.

Adoptions take at least half an hour, so please make sure you allow enough time for this when you visit. Finding your new family member takes time and should not be rushed, so please do not feel disappointed if you cannot find your pawfect match
on your first visit.

Below are a few questions to consider before coming to meet our animals for adoption:

Do you have any existing pets?

If you plan on adopting a new dog or rabbit and already have one at home, we strongly recommend that you bring your existing along once you have short-listed your pawfect match. It is important to make sure that your existing and potential new pet get along.

Are your children, housemates and anyone else who may live with your new pet able to come along when you visit us to adopt? 

Bring along as many members of your household as possible so that they can meet your new pet before you take it home.  

Do you live in a rental property? 

It is important you seek approval from your landlord before making the decision to adopt. When you visit us to adopt an animal, please make sure you bring a copy of your lease or a letter from your landlord, along with his/her contact details.

Smart Puppy Buyer's Guide

With a wide variety of breeds and personality types, we are confident that you will find your perfect match at the RSPCA. However, if you have your heart set on a particular breed or cannot find the right animal at the RSPCA, it will be crucial that you do thorough research to find a reputable breeder to ensure you do not support the cruel puppy factory industry. See some handy tips at www.rspcapuppyguide.com.au.

Adoption questionnaire

You can get a head-start on the adoption process by completing our adoption questionnaire (electronic or hard copy) and bringing it along when you decide to visit one of our adoption centres.

Adoption - what you need to know

You must be at least 18 years of age to adopt from the RSPCA. All animals are health checked before they are available for adoption. However, if your pet develops a medical issue within two weeks of the adoption, an RSPCA vet will treat it free of charge.

RSPCA adoption officers work very hard to help our animals find their perfect homes. Some of our animals have specific needs, so it is important that we match them with families that will be able to meet their behavioural and/or physical needs.

If our Adoption team do not feel that a particular animal is suitable for you or your circumstances, they may refuse the adoption. However, we have many wonderful animals waiting to find loving new homes, so in this scenario, our team will do their best to suggest another adoptive pet that will be a better match.

If you adopt an animal and consequently find that you can no longer care for it, you can take it back to the RSPCA adoption centre. Our normal surrender policy will apply.

Can I put an animal on hold?
Animals are put on hold on a case-by-case basis. Holds can be arranged at the discretion of adoption staff, but please be aware that hold times are limited. Hold times are kept short, as we want to give our animals the best chance of finding a new family. We are usually only able to put an animal on hold if you have visited us in person, however other arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis upon discussion with our Adoption team.

Can I have an animal transferred to a closer RSPCA adoption centre?
We appreciate that a long drive to the RSPCA may be inconvenient for you, but it is well worth the trip, considering you could meet your potential new family member!

Though we are usually not able to transfer animals between RSPCA adoption centres, arrangements may be made in exceptional circumstances, such as having to travel a considerable distance to visit the adoption centre where the animal is located. Transfers are only arranged on a case-by-case basis and must be negotiated with RSPCA staff and approved by the shelter supervisor. They also depend on the resources we have available at the time.

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