Adopting a Dog or Puppy

Tips Adopting a Dog or Puppy​

There are many puppies and dogs in shelters in Australia looking for their homes. If you are wanting to adopt a puppy, keep reading and we’ll take you through some commonly asked questions regarding adopting a dog or puppy.

  1. Have a think about what type of dog you or your family are after
  2. Do your research to understand more about the particular dog you want
  3. If you have any pets at home, think about how you would introduce your new puppy to your existing pets
  4. Complete your adoption application form
  5. Change your mind? Know your cooling off period

Don’t rush to make a decision, take your time to think about what type of puppy or dog is the perfect fit for you and for your family.


Adopting a Dog or Puppy​

Things to consider when adopting a dog or a puppy

  • Do you have the commitment to look after your new puppy?
  • If you are living in rented apartment, have you checked with your landlord that you are allowed to own a dog at the property?
  • Your puppy will need plenty of space, do you have enough room in your living arrangement?
  • Do you have time to walk your dog every day?

The cost of owning a puppy

Puppy can be surprisingly expensive as there are costs that you might not think of at first. This includes things like:

  • Bed Lead, collar and tag
  • Food and water bowls
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toys
  • Car restraint
  • Initial course of vaccinations
  • Monthly wormers until your dog is six months old
  • Neutering


Breed types and information