ADOPTING A NEW PET
We’ve long loved dogs for being man’s best friend, but not so well known is that our pets can actually make us physically and mentally healthier. Just the presence of our pets can lift our spirits and help us relax.
Pets are also great caregivers. They keep us company when we’re sick or feeling down. They can make us feel safe while we’re home alone and they keep an eye on the house while we’re out. Dogs especially help us get out and enjoy the outdoors while getting some regular exercise. They are great motivators and personal trainers, never wanting to miss a training session, no matter the weather. Dogs can also help introduce us to people in the community, especially other dog owners, and they make great conversation starters.
If you're looking for a new pet, then please consider adopting an animal from the RSPCA, or other reputable animal welfare or rescue organisations. The RSPCA provides shelter to thousands of animals every year that are in need of a good home.
All RSPCA animals have undergone health and temperament checks to make sure they are suitable for adoption as companion pets and have been desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed as appropriate. RSPCA shelter staff can also give you advice regarding the general care of your new pet, including exercise, nutrition and training. Regularly check your local RSPCA and at adoptapet.com.au.
WHERE SHOULD I GET MY PET FROM?
Shelters such as the RSPCA have thousands of animals needing new homes each and every year. Cats and dogs have been desexed, temperament-tested and veterinary checked to ensure you get a friend for life. You can visit one of our 10 shelters and two Care Centres across NSW or visit our adoption website to view all of our animals available for adoption.
CAN I AFFORD A PET?
Upfront costs may include:
- council registration
Some ongoing costs may include:
- annual health checks
- flea and worming treatments
- obedience training
- toys and treats
Am I prepared to care for a pet for its whole life?
- Cats can live for 15-20* years
- Dogs can live for 10-16* years
- Birds can live for up to 80* years
(*depending on their breed, health and lifestyle)
Will a pet fit into my lifestyle?
Companion animals thrive on human company and will always depend on you. You should take into consideration:
- your working hours. Will you have time to care for your new pet?
- your social life. Are you out a lot?
- your time away from home, including holidays and for work
- if you are prepared to walk your dog every day
- if you are home often enough to keep your cat company
- who will care for your pet when you are away from home
Do I have time to care for a pet?
New kittens and puppies are a huge time investment. You will need to ensure:
- they settle into your house comfortably
- they are house and litter trained
- they are obedience trained and properly socialised
Pets also need to be:
- fed and watered
- groomed and bathed
- played with and entertained
- walked and exercised
Do I understand how to care for a pet?
It is your responsibility, as a pet owner, to thoroughly research the basic requirements of your chosen pet.
- Do this before bringing your pet home so that you are well informed about the specific needs of your pet.
- Doing a quick internet search is not enough. You should look for a comprehensive book about your chosen species or breed and consult with an animal health professional.
Do I live in suitable accommodation for a pet?
These are some questions you may need to ask yourself prior to getting a pet:
- Is my garden or yard big enough?
- If the pet is to be kept inside, is there a private space for her bed and toilet?
- Is my yard fully enclosed?
- Do I live near a park or off-leash area?
- If I rent, does my landlord or real estate agent allow pets?
How You Can Help
How you can help
Looking to adopt a pet? Search now for dogs, cats and other pets available for rehoming at your local RSPCA.
RSPCA Pet Insurance is affordable, flexible peace of mind for dog and cat owners all across Australia.
Every donation helps the RSPCA and its volunteers look after animals, whatever the situation.