Adoption Process

Easy steps for adopting from AAPS

step 1


Before adopting please consider the time commitment, your home requirements, the lifelong financial commitment and what pet would best suit your lifestyle.

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When you begin your search for a furry friend, make sure to read the descriptions of the animals carefully to ensure that both you and the animal would be a purr-fect match.

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Upon application please provide as much information as possible so that we can determine the best fit for the animal. Please be patient with us as we review large amounts applications.

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If you are a successful candidate, the adoption staff will set up a meet and greet, which can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes.

Adoption Fees


All ages – $90
This includes: de-sexing, microchip, 1st vaccination, 2 week health check and a carry box.

Guinea Pigs

ALL AGES – $65
This includes: de-sexing, microchip, 2 week health check and a carry box.

Cats – Prices will vary

Includes De-sexing, Microchip, 1st vaccination and 2 week health check. please bring your own carrier (or purchase on the day).

Dogs – Prices will vary

Includes De-sexing, Microchip, 1st vaccination, collar and 2-week health check. Please bring your own lead (or purchase on the day).

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.

Pet exchange register source number BR100702.

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