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Free to a good home*

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Are you, or someone you know considering taking a ‘free to good home’ pet?

Pet ownership rates in Victoria are not only amongst the highest in the country, but also the world. And it’s no wonder why – having a pet in the home provides families with love, companionship and endless hours of fun.

However along with the fun of pet ownership comes responsibility. To ensure your new best friend is happy and healthy, and to help reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community, it will be vital for you to consider what your ability will be to care for an animal for what could be the next 15 years of your life (depending on what animal you choose to invite into your home) and the costs associated with giving your new pet the best chance in life.

It is often with the best of intentions, members of the community will offer these unwanted animals as ‘free to good home’ in the hope that they will be going off to live a long and happy life in their forever home.

While the gift of giving an unwanted animal a second chance at life is certainly an admirable thing, if you are considering taking a ‘free to good home’ pet into your home, you will need to consider the costs of microchipping, desexing and vaccinations as well as the ongoing health and wellbeing costs associated with pet ownership.

Things to consider

Some important things to consider when taking a free to good home pet include:
  • Do you have enough time to devote to the pet?
  • Do you live in an environment that the pet will have the space it requires?
  • Will you be able to afford the costs of microchipping, desexing and vaccinations?
  • Will you be able to give the pet a lifetime commitment?

The costs of microchipping, desexing and vaccinations


Whilst taking a free to good home pet into the home gives an otherwise unwanted animal a second chance, a responsible owner must be prepared for a lifetime of commitment, love and care.

The RSPCA is calling upon you, our animal loving supporters to help us spread the word. Free to a good home does not mean free from pet ownership responsibilities.

Let's break the cycle and ensure all free to a good home pets receive the happy ending they deserve.

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