Dog TrainingSix reasons to adopt your pet…
- You are literally saving a life!
- You can be rest assured that you are not contributing to the tragedy that is pet over-population by encouraging irresponsible and un-registered breeders to produce offspring for the pet trade.
- You can depend on Animal Aid to assess the animals’ health and temperament in order to make the best adoption matches possible.
- Many shelter animals are already housebroken and trained, and have some understanding of what living with a family is like and how to fit in. They have a “head-start” on animals from pet stores or breeders.
- Animal Aid offers follow up services and support, including dog training, vet services and behavioural advice.
- Adopting your next pet from a shelter is also good value! Shelter fees include the cost of desexing, up to date vaccinations, worm and flea treatment along with microchip identification.
The most persuasive reason is that pet adoption is the right and ethical thing to do!
You will be helping, one animal at a time, to bring an end to this nation’s homeless animal problem.
Pet Adoption FAQ’s
How do pets come to be at Animal Aid?
Unclaimed and stray animals are brought to our shelters by Council Rangers. After an animal arrives at the shelter we check to see if they are microchipped and registered. Reuniting a lost pet with their family is always our primary objective and our staff do everything they can to ensure the dogs and cats in our care head home qucikly. Unfortunately not all pets are reclaimed after their eight day holding period. If this is the case, then each animal will have a visit with Animal Aid’s Vet Clinic team for a health check and our shelter staff will get to know them and their temperament so that we can rehome them with a suitable family as soon as possible.
- Unclaimed animals transferred from other Council pounds and shelters. Animal Aid has agreements in place, with a number of Councils that operate their own pound facility, to take animals to rehome as needed.
- Owner surrenders, where the animals’ owner is no longer able to care for them. Unfortunately many of the pets at our shelters have been surrendered by their previous family who, for a variety of reasons, cannot look after them any longer. The majority of these animals have come to Animal Aid through no fault of their own. Their owners may have moved to a home that doesn’t allow pets, or they are homeless themselves, or a new baby/child may be allergic. The fact that an animal has been surrendered to Animal Aid is not a reflection on the ‘re-homability’ of that pet
Animal Aid is an Open Door shelter, which means we never refuse an animal in need. No matter the age, size, breed, health, temperament and condition of the pet, we will always take them in and care for them.
How are pets assessed to be available for adoption?
All pets are given time to settle in and then have their behaviour assessed using:
- Dogs: SAFER assessment
- Cats: experienced staff assess cats sociability
What is the pet adoption process?
Once adoption candidates have gone through all of the assessment stages they will be made available for adoption. When available, we will only take up to three ‘holds’ (details of interested parties) per adoptee. These are allocated in the order they are taken and are held for 24 hours unless otherwise agreed by our staff.
The adoption process can include:
- Supervised meet with the adoption candidates
- Participation of all family members in the adoption process
- Any existing dogs must meet the adoption dog at the shelter
- Special requirements may need to be verified, for example; fencing, etc.
Once our adoption staff are satisfied that all requirements have been met, including the adoptee being a suitable match for your requirements, the adoption can be finalised.
When can I take my new family member home?
What post-adoption support is available?
What are Animal Aid's pet adoption costs?
Bringing a new pet into your home can include significant costs, including appropriate housing, bed, food, bowls, lead and collar, toys etc. The ongoing cost of food, veterinary care and general upkeep also needs to be considered before committing to adopt.
The adoption fee includes desexing, flea treatment, microchipping,14 day health cover & worming.
|Pets up to 6 months||$450||$200|
|Pets 6 months to 8 years||$375||$130|
|Pets 8 years +||$215||$100|
|Seniors for Seniors*||$185||$80|
*If you have a Seniors Pension Card and choose to adopt a pet aged 8 years or over you will receive:
- A reduction in the pet adoption price
- 50% off Animal Aid Vet Clinic’s routine veterinary fees (conditions apply)
- 25% off shop items, Grooming and Boarding Services at Animal Aid Coldstream
The adoption fee payable does not come close to covering the costs we incur to prepare pets for adoption. Veterinary costs, surgery, food and shelter operational costs, e.g. staff, are all part of the day to day running of the shelter while we care for thousands of animals in need. Please consider making an adoption donation when you take your new furry family member home.
What are Animal Aid's Opening hours?
What if I already have other pets at home?
If you already have a dog/s it is mandatory for a dog meet to take place here at the shelter. Please ensure your dog/s is up to date with their vaccinations as we will need to sight their vaccination card before going ahead.
For cat to cat meetings, it is impractical to conduct such a trial in our cattery due to space, the shelter environment and the likelihood that your cat will not express their natural behaviour in this different territory. However, we can provide you with suggestions and guidelines to ensure that you have the best chance of a successful integration.
For those dog owners that would like to adopt a cat we recommend that you bring your dog in to meet one of our house cats under supervision by one of our experienced staff.
What if I can't bring my pet home for some time after the adoption?
Will my new pet need training?
Can I adopt two pets at the same time?
What sort of fencing will I need to adopt a dog?
I am currently renting and would like to adopt a pet. What should I do?
If you are renting, you will need to provide a rental agreement that shows you are allowed to keep a pet in your home. This agreement must be organised prior to adopting your new family member. You can seek an agreement directly through your landlord or property manager. For more information please read the Tenants Union of Victoria ‘Renting with Pets’ factsheet.