Want to adopt or foster a pet?
Why pet adoption works
Adopting a pet is a highly ethical alternative to purchasing a pet from a pet store or breeder. It is a great way to improve the life of the pet, and owners get to experience the proven benefits of caring for an animal in need.
Alongside laws and programs for desexing, microchipping and education, adoption is important to reduce pet overpopulation and euthanisation of otherwise healthy animals.
Adopting can be done through a responsible shelter, re-homing centre or rescue organisation. By acquiring a puppy or kitten from other sources, buyers could be supporting irresponsible breeders who do not protect the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of animals.
Australia CAN’s state member shelters, re-homing centres and rescue organisations work hard to achieve a suitable match between pet and owner. This provides the foundation of a strong and committed relationship.
Our network has found homes for millions of animals that have been surrendered and neglected
Why would a pet need to be adopted?
An animal may need adopting for many reasons, including but not limited to:
- Unexpected animal pregnancy
- Owners have experienced a relationship break-up
- Owner cannot find pet-friendly rental housing
- Owner moving interstate or overseas
- Owner passed away or is moving into a nursing home
- Financial reasons
- Owner is allergic to the animal
- Animal is found wandering and is unclaimed.
Benefits for the animal and the carer
Adoption from responsible shelters, re-homing centres and rescue organisations brings challenges and commitments for the new owner, but these are far outweighed by proven benefits:
- Animals are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, parasite-treated and vet checked – a saving for pet owners and a safeguard for animals
- Access to a wide selection of mixed and pure breed animals, who come with valuable information about health and personality
- Adult animals who may already be well socialised and trained, and who suit those who prefer not to take on the rigours of a puppy or kitten.