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. Cats owners have been found to have decreased risk of heart attack and stress; the simple act of watching a fish swim around can lower your blood pressure, and patting a dog not only puts a smile on the grouchiest of faces, but also enhances your immune system.
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 fur-ever friend.
Here are all the places to adopt 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 then visit them, 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.
Little Legs Dog And Cat Rescue
These guys are a small animal rescue in the greater Brisbane area who’ve helped dogs and cats out of some sticky situations. Little Legs offers pet adoptions or look for loving people who can foster until a permanent home is found.
Animal Rescue Queensland
Starting after the 2011 floods, Animal Rescue Queensland found their feet finding homes for homeless pups and pussy 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.
Animal Welfare League Queensland
In 2017 AWLQ’s goal is to rehome 7,000 stray and/or abandoned animals, so have a look at the cuties—from feline and canine, to farm and pocket-sized reptiles—they have for adoption and read their quirky stories. They even have a new, live Kitty Cam *squeeeeee*. AWLQ has four rehoming centres in South East Queensland and all pets come completely ready to take home.
Little Paws Kitten Rescue
Warm kitty, soft kitty, little ball of fur…There is no argument that kittens are cute (especially their little meows) and they’ll grow into a life-long feline friend. Little Paws Kitten Rescue, a small rescue organisation in Brisbane, is the perfect place to adopt a kitten from. 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 of foster care.
Greyhound Adoption Program QLD
It’s a general misconception that greyhounds are hypo, skittish and always on the go? In fact, 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 to 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.
Animal Angels Rescue
Sponsored by AWLQ, Animal Angels Rescue are a smaller pet adoption service in Brisbane committed to finding a forever home for a range of animals, from guinea pigs to cats and dogs. Animals can be adopted for a fee that includes all the adopting essentials like vaccinations and desexing.
Brisbane Valley Cat Rescue
This cat rescue has a lovely shelter nestled out in the Brisbane Valley run by volunteers who work tirelessly to help cats find their furrever home, or sponsorship until they can. Brisbane Valley Cat Rescue will go above and beyond to match you with your perfect companion. They are also always on the lookout for caring volunteers.
Already have a four-legged friend? take them to one of these pet-friendly Brisbane cafes for prime puppy time.
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