What is the adoption process?
The first step is to complete an Interest to Adopt application. Once you submit the completed application form we will review your suitability and if it sounds like you and the dog are a good match then we will give you a call to discuss your application further and arrange a no-obligation meet and greet. If after the meet and greet, both parties are happy to proceed with adoption then the next step is for us to come out and do a property check, just to make sure it is safe and secure!
Each of our dogs are incredibly special to us and their welfare is our top priority this is why we have an extensive adoption process. We are dedicated to ensuring we match each of our dogs to their perfect forever home so that we do not see them displaced again. We do not, and will not, ever rehome one of our dogs based on a “first come, first served” basis. Our animals will remain in foster care until their perfect match is found, no matter how long it takes!
Things to consider before adopting a dog
Dogs make fabulous companions however they are also a lot of work and a big commitment. Owning a dog requires time, space and money.
When applying to adopt a dog please consider their requirements and be honest with your answers.
Are you in a financial position to meet the ongoing costs associated with owning a dog? (Yearly vaccinations and vet checks, monthly parasite control, daily food requirements. Not to mention the possibility of serious illness or injury)
Do you have the environment to ensure a dog is safe and secure at all times?
Do you have the time to spend exercising, playing with and training a dog?
Are you committed to care for a dog for it’s whole life? No matter what changes happen in your life? I.e. long distance move, overseas travel plans, pregnancy, new job, loss of job, relationship break up..
Does everyone in the household agree on adopting a dog?
What does a meet and greet involve?
This is when we arrange for you to meet up with the dog and his/hers foster parents. You get to spend some time with the dog and ask plenty of questions. It is important that all members of the household are present for the meeting. Adopting an animal is a big commitment and we want you to take your time discussing the decision with everyone involved. For this reason, we do not conduct on the spot adoptions.
How old do I have to be to adopt a dog?
Applicants must be over the age of 21 years and the potential new owner of the pet must be the person who completes and signs the application form.
How much is it to adopt a dog?
Our dog adoption fee ranges from $300 up to $800. The adoption fee varies based on the age of the animal and any other unspecified variables.
Why is there an adoption fee?
This is a question we find we are asked quite often. Some people think that because they are willing to adopt/save a rescue pet that they shouldn’t have to pay for them.
You need to understand that all our animals, as a minimum, are vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, desexed and flead and wormed while in foster care. They are all fed super premium diets and should they require any additional veterinary work such as dental procedures, orthopaedic surgery, medications or any behavioural training then this is paid for by us. We are not government funded, so in order to make the rescue process sustainable, we need to try and recoup these costs, at least in part, by charging an adoption fee.
The adoption fee will very rarely cover the full amount of what the animal has actually cost us. Our adoption fee is not negotiable and is to be paid in full at the time of adoption. All money received by us, whether in donations or fees, is used for the benefit of our animals. We are a not for profit charity.
If you compare our adoption fee to the going rate you’d pay for a puppy from a pet store (that in all likelihood came from a puppy farm) which likely still needs to be vaccinated and desexed you will realise that rescue pets are actually a bargain!
We think it’s a pretty special gift that in adopting a rescue pet you are allowing us to save another.
Do you offer a trial period?
We offer a 72 hour cooling off period. If the adoption doesn’t work out for any reason, we will take the dog back for a 75% refund within those 72 hours* We will also take the dog back at any point during their lifetime should you become unable to care for them, however we will not be able to reimburse the adoption fee.
*Full terms and conditions can be found in the adoption agreement.
What is included as part of the adoption fee?
All our animals are vet checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and up to date with flea, worming and heart worm prevention prior to adoption.
Do you have a shelter we can visit all your dogs at?
No. All our animals are in foster care rather than in a penned shelter environment as it allows them greater interaction with people and can encourage healthy socialisation with other domestic pets. It also gives us the chance to learn about each animal’s personality and provide him or her with any necessary training. We believe this gives our animals the best chance at a smooth transition into their forever home.
Do you offer interstate adoptions?
No. As we are based in Melbourne we like to keep our foster carers and adopters within a reasonable distance so that we can easily do yard checks, meet and greets, follow up visits etc.
We feel very strongly about being involved in all our animals transition from pound to foster home and from foster home to forever home. It is important that we are close by should our foster parents or adopters need our assistance.
These animals have already come from difficult lives and it is our responsibility to ensure we do everything we can to make sure that the adoptive home they go to is in fact their last and that the foster home they go to is a safe and suitable environment that will assist with their rehabilitation process.
Having our animals within close proximity also means we can provide and recommended services to foster carers and adopters such as behaviourists, trainers, veterinarians etc. We only recommended people/places/businesses whom we know and trust.
There are lots of deserving rescue dogs all across the country so we urge you to get in touch with your local rescue groups.
The highlighted area on the map below shows the locations in which will we adopt out our animals to.