Here Are All The Places You Can Adopt Animals In Brisbane

By Emilee Colasimone
16th Apr 2020

Having an animal companion has proven benefits to our mind, body and soul, and generally, they just make our hearts explode with happiness on the daily. 

Pets are therapeutic, FACT, but sadly there are lots of animals out there who need a good home and some love of their own. If you’re thinking of, or have made the decision to get a pet, then adoption from any of these incredible facilities in Brisbane is the perfect way to find your new best friend. Some of these organisations are also looking for foster carers, so if you’re looking for a furry self-isolation companion, then read on. 

Here are all the places to adopt or foster a pet in Brisbane.


From puppies and kittens to older dogs and cats, farm animals and even reptiles, the RSPCA can help you find your new friend. Meet the different animals online and via video, send in an application and then pick them up (it's all handled social-distancing style), either at their main Brisbane Animal Care Campus or any of their other locations. Animals from the RSPCA come temperament-checked, microchipped, vaccinated, worm and flea treated.

Animal Rescue Queensland

Starting after the 2011 floods, Animal Rescue Queensland launched with the goal of finding safe haven for homeless pups and cats. They are still going strong, offering pet adoptions in South East Queensland. They have a soft spot for older pets and the great benefits they can bring to families and people.

Labrador Rescue 

Labradors are the best doggo breed and that’s a fact. If you’re in need of a gentle giant in your life then Labrador Rescue is the organisation for you. If you can’t commit to loving one of these angels forever but want to help out during the COVID-19 crisis, Labrador Rescue is also in need of foster carers. They operate across QLD, NSW and VIC so take note of the location for each of the adoption listings before applying. 

Animal Welfare League Queensland

This year, AWLQ’s goal is to rehome 6,500 abandoned animals and in light of COVID-19, AWLQ has developed new rehoming processes so they can continue their lifesaving animal adoption program. So take a peek at the cuties—from feline and canine to farm and pocket-sized reptiles—they have for adoption and read their quirky stories. AWLQ has four rehoming centres in South East Queensland and all pets come completely ready to take home.

Greyhound Adoption Program QLD

It’s a general misconception that greyhounds are hypo, skittish and always on the go. Rather, greyhounds are chilled, gentle, affectionate and great with children which is why the good people at the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) seek to find loving and kind homes for retired racing greyhounds. They will even help find the perfect greyhound just for you. GAP greyhounds have all graduated a program before adoption so that they can enjoy a muzzle-free life when their out and about.

Little Paws Kitten Rescue

There is no denying kittens are downright adorable and Little Paws Kitten Rescue, a small rescue organisation in Brisbane, is the perfect place to adopt a kitten. Not only are they committed to finding homes for their little balls of fur, but they are passionate about educating the public about responsible cat ownership.

Best Friends Rescue

Best Friends specialises in finding homes for abandoned or unwanted dogs of all shapes and sizes. They also facilitate doggy adoption for people who can no longer look after their dog. They are a smaller charity, so keep a close eye on their website and Facebook page. If you’d just like to help out while homes are found, they also have options for foster care.

And here's a heap of other things you can do this weekend from the comfort of your own home.

Image Credit: Jay Wennington

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