Are you looking to add a furry friend to your family? Adopting a rescue pet is an altruistic and rewarding experience. By giving an animal a forever home, you are not only saving a life, but also adding a loving animal companion and playmate for you and your children will enrich your family life. Children can learn valuable lessons from an appropriate pet such as learning responsibilities, as children can be allocated age-appropriate tasks to help with looking after the pet.
Adopting a pet provides great value for money as adoption fees usually include sterilisation, microchipping, vaccinations, flea treatment, worm treatment and vet checks. Fostering a pet is an alternative for people who are unable to adopt an animal long term.
Animal shelter staff and foster carers are often able to give detailed insight into an animal’s behavioural characteristics to ensure it is the right pet for your family. Animals have often also been assessed as to whether they prefer to be indoors or outdoors, if they enjoy the company of children or other pets, or whether they are best suited to being an only pet. Before adopting a pet, consider carefully whether your household budget can afford to look after all of the needs of a pet, as adopting a pet should always be considered a commitment to provide a loving and caring forever home for the rest of that animal’s life. Both dogs and cats are required to be registered with your local council and abide by the relevant legislation.
For animal shelters and rescue organisations to continue their amazing work, they are always in need of donations, volunteers and sponsorship. Some of these organisations raise funds through selling merchandise, holding special events or by providing boarding facilities. Please consider supporting these Perth animal charities so that they can continue their valuable work.
Cat Haven Address: 23 Lemnos St, Shenton Park
Phone: 9442 3600
Website: www.cathaven.com.au Open 7 days per week (except closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours vary for adoptions and the retail shop – refer to their website for details.
Cat Haven aims to provide forever homes for cats and kittens. Their animal shelter is located in Shenton Park and they also run an extensive cat foster program. Cats are also available from external adoption centres at selected Pet Barn, Select Pets, Pet Magic and City Farmers stores. Adoption prices vary depending on the age of the cat – refer to their website for details. Cat Haven offers boarding facilities if you are going away on holidays and need someone to look after your cat. They also have a retail shop that sells a range of cat-related merchandise to help raise funds to continue the charitable work of the shelter.
All cats are sterilised, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for worms and fleas. Cats must be transported home in a secure cat carrier. If you do not have one, these are available for purchase from their retail shop. Foster carers are provided with all food, food bowls, bedding and veterinary care at no cost.
Kitten in a foster home awaiting adoption
Dogs’ Refuge Home Address: 30 Lemnos St, Shenton Park
Phone: 9381 8166
Website: www.dogshome.org.au Open 7 days per week 11am – 4pm (except closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday)
Dogs’ Refuge Home is an animal shelter in Shenton Park looking to find forever homes for small dogs, medium dogs, large dogs, puppies and senior dogs. If you are looking for a particular sized dog, or a particular breed/cross breed, the shelter can record your details and contact you if a suitable dog becomes available in the future. Adoption prices vary depending on the age of the dog and how long it has been at the shelter – refer to their website for details.
To adopt a dog, you must complete an adoption questionnaire. You will then need to participate in a “dog meet” where your family and any other dogs or cats that live in your home can meet the dog and see if you are all compatible. All dogs are sterilised before they are adopted. Training classes and boarding facilities are also available to help raise funds to continue the charitable work of the shelter.
RSPCA Address: 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga
Phone: 9209 9300
Website: www.adoptapet.com.au Open 7 days per week 10am – 5pm (except closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday)
The RSPCA runs an animal shelter in Malaga and also has animals in foster care. Animals available for adoption include cats, dogs, horses, birds and rabbits. All members of your household will be required to meet the animal that you are interested in adopting before the process is finalised. If you live in a rental property, you will be required to provide proof that pets are permitted before an adoption can proceed.
Animal Protection Society of WA Address: 27 Talbot Rd, Southern River
Phone: 9398 6616
Website: www.apswa.asn.au Open 7 days per week 10am – 3pm (except closed on Christmas Day)
The Animal Protection Society runs an animal refuge in Southern River for dogs and cats and also has a foster program. Adoption costs vary for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. Home checks are undertaken prior to dog adoptions.
SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) is a foster based pet rescue for dogs, cats and rabbits. Animals are placed with volunteer carers and live in their home. As the animals are living in a normal family home environment, they are assessed for suitability of living with other pets or whether they are better suited to being an only pet, whether they are suitable to interact with children and their behavioural characteristics are noted.
All animals are sterilised, microchipped, vaccinated, vet checked and treated for fleas and worms before they are adopted. Before adoptions are processed, homes are screened for suitability.
Perth Rescue Angels is another foster based pet rescue mainly for dogs and cats, but occasionally other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats and birds are available for adoption. Animals are assessed whether they are suitable for families with children aged under 5, for families with children aged between 5 and 12 and for families where the pet will be alone during work hours.
Animals live in homes with families while waiting to be adopted. This is often less stressful for the animal than living in a shelter environment and allows the animal to adapt quicker to its new forever home once it has been adopted.
Adoption fees vary and covers sterilisation, vaccinations and microchipping. All enquiries need to be made via the contact form on their website.
Little PAWS is a small animal shelter located in Bibra Lake. They have both a shelter and a foster program for rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice. They also offer boarding facilities and sell merchandise to help raise funds to continue their charitable work. Did you know that rabbits can be trained to use a litter box and can make a great indoor pet? Rabbits are also a great pet for working people as they are most active in the early morning and in the evening.
All rabbits are sterilised, vaccinated, microchipped and vet checked. Guinea pigs are microchipped and males are sterilised. Male rats are sterilised. Viewings are available on Saturdays only by appointment.