Our Adoption Process

I'm a good dog

Before offering our dogs for adoption we undertake thorough veterinary and behavioural assessments. All new arrivals are vaccinated, microchipped, de-wormed and sterilised as part of the placement process and every individual animal in our care aged over 16 weeks receives basic obedience training. Any dogs who arrive with behavioural problems also receive remedial training before being re-homed.

We charge a fee of $440 for adult dogs we place with new families. Puppies up to 6 months old are $550. This cost goes towards covering some of the veterinary, training and food expenses incurred in rescuing and re-homing the individual pet. Invariably our costs exceed this amount considerably, however, we believe every one of our dogs is worth every cent we invest in them. Our Long-Termers are available for a special fee of $330, which includes four one-on-one training sessions with one of our trainers. Senior dogs are those over 7 years of age, and they are $330.

Adopting a dog from the Dogs' Refuge Home is a 3 part process:

1. Choosing a potential new companion

Have a look around and choose a number of dogs that might be suitable. Hopefully you will connect with your new best friend straight away but if not please don't judge our dogs on how they react in the kennel - they are often very different outside and sometimes bark just to try to get your attention and say hello. Please remember to approach carefully with children.

2. Complete our Dog Adoption Questionnaire

We are very keen to ensure a prospective new owner’s lifestyle and home environment will be compatible with the dog's needs. Every effort is made to match dogs and potential owners for mutual suitability.

All prospective owners are asked to complete an adoption questionnaire (Word doc) (print out and complete at home or fill it in onsite). You must complete this questionnaire before you meet a dog, discuss adoption or move any further into the adoption process. With this completed a member of our Adoption Team will sit with you and discuss your expectations and any dogs you have seen that catch your eye. After speaking with you, they may make other recommendations of dog that would better suit your lifestyle/ existing pets/ children. Our goal is to match the right dog with the right home creating the best possible chance of a forever union!

If our Adoption staff decide the dog you have your heart set on will not suited to your current circumstances or expectations of dog ownership - please don't take offense. We have best interest of the dog at heart and do not want to create an unhappy match for you or the pooch.  

If you live in a Rental property, the Residential Tenancy Agreement must give permission for the Tenant to have a dog and state the number of dogs allowed at the property. The Residential Tenancy Agreement must be presented to the office staff prior to any adoption being considered.

To save time please download a copy of our Adoption Questionaire, complete all sections prior to your visit to our Home.  On arrival you can meet with a member of our Adoption Team who will help guide you through the adoption process.

Importantly, dog adoption questionnaires cannot be started any later than 3pm daily so please ensure you arrive in time if you hope to meet a member of the Adoption Team that day.

Please note: every dog we re-home is adopted on the understanding that it can be returned if you have issues or concerns or find the dog is not compatible in your home environment. Please contact as soon as you have any concerns and we will suggest training options or gladly take the dog back.

3. Participate in a ‘dog meet’

It’s important that everyone gets along including children, cats, and your other dog. Our experienced staff will take you to a quiet area where a controlled dog meet will take place so that you can interact socially with the dog and be certain that the choice you have made is the right one – for everyone.

Please Note


  • It is essential that prospective owners who already own a dog and/or cat bring him or her to the Home for a compatibility test with their intended adoptee before the new dog will be released. This may be on the same day or a day shortly thereafter. We don't recommend bringing your dog or cat/s onsite until the adoption process has been completed and you have decided to adopt your new dog pending the 'meet and greet'.
  • Hormone changes can adversely affect a female dog’s mood and can predispose them to acts of aggression even if she has never been aggressive before. Hormone changes cause irritability, anxiety and nervousness, and in un-spayed females can even cause pain during ovulation. These changes, and their disposition toward aggression, can make female dogs unpredictable with other dogs, particularly when in the company of other female dogs. For this reason, in the interests of the welfare and safety of the dogs, we may decline to rehome a female dog into a home with another female dog. This is still dependent on other factors including age and the temparement of the two dogs so please ask your Adoption member about this possibility.


Our Policy on Sterilisation

We sterilise all our dogs and only rehome dogs to families with an existing dog if that dog has been sterilised. There are a number of reasons why we do this:

Ethical reasons

We sterilise all our dogs to prevent “accidents”. Puppies born to families that have not sterilised their dogs might have trouble finding homes and can subsequently end up in shelters.

Behavioural reasons

Dogs that have not been sterilised are more likely to show increased aggression towards other dogs. We will not rehome dogs into an environment where an unsterilised dog may act inappropriately towards the new dog.

Medical reasons

Sterilisation reduces the risk of mammary tumours, which can be life threatening to female dogs, as well as tumours of the ovaries, uterus, cervix and pyometra. Castration in male dogs reduces the risk of prostatic disease and perianal tumours, and eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.


This website is live and is updated frequently, however there is a chance that by the time you arrive at the Refuge the dog you have an interest in might have been adopted by another party. We unfortunately cannot put animals on hold over the phone.