Adopt a Pet

Adoptions by appointment only

All adoptions are being carried out by appointment only. Please enquire about an animal through the online profiles, or calling the shelter on 9798 8415.

The AAPS adoption staff take the adoption process very seriously and find not just any homes, but the perfect forever homes for every animal in our care. We will take time to ensure the animal suits your needs, but that you also suit the needs of the animal.  In order to do this, we ask that application forms are filled out honestly, and with as much information as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Can I adopt on behalf of someone or as a gift for a friend or family member?

The decision to adopt any animal is a big decision and for this reason, we do not allow people to adopt on behalf of somebody else or as a gift for a friend or family member.

We ask that all persons responsible for the ongoing care of the pet be involved in the adoption process.

What should I bring with me if wanting to adopt?

Where possible, we recommend coming to the Shelter with your entire family / everyone who will be involved in the care of your new furry friend to see who the family bonds best with. If you are wanting to adopt, you will need to provide your proof of address and a form of photo identification.

Can I adopt from interstate?

Unfortunately not. AAPS only rehomes animals in Victoria.

Can I take home my new pet on the day of adoption?

In most cases, you will be able to take home your new pet on the day of adoption. However, if the animal is not yet desexed, or requires a veterinary or behavioural consultation prior to adoption, the animal will remain in the care of the AAPS until this takes place.

What if I am not a suitable match for a particular animal?

If our Adoption team do not feel that a particular animal is suitable for your circumstances, they may refuse the adoption. However, we have many wonderful animals waiting to find loving new homes, so in this scenario, our team will do their best to suggest another adoptive pet that will be a better match.

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