How it works

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 basic fee of $425 for adult dogs we place with new families ($530 for puppies under 6 months old). 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 $320, which includes four one-on-one training sessions with one of our trainers.

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. Sit outside their kennel, spend a little time saying hello, and choose your dog on temperament - not looks.

2. Complete our Dog Adoption Questionnaire

We are very keen to ensure a prospective new owner’s lifestyle and home environment is compatible with an individual dog. Every effort is therefore made to screen dogs and potential owners for mutual suitability.

As such, visitors to the Refuge are asked to complete an adoption questionnaire (Word doc) with the assistance of a member of our Adoption Team as this will help guide the adoption process. Every dog we re-home is sold on the understanding that it may be returned if it does not prove suitable for its new owners. Our aim is solely to match the right dog with the right individual or family.

When residing 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, so please ensure that you arrive as early as you can.

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, to bring him or her to the Home for a compatibility test with their intended adoptee.
  • 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.
  • 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. These 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, and in the best interests of those wishing to adopt, the Dogs’ Refuge Home has taken the position that we will not rehome a female dog into an environment in which a female dog already exists.

Policy on sterilisation and rehoming

At the Refuge, 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, including ethical, behavioural and medical.

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.