Pet Adoption Process
The Pet Adoption Process ensures you are selecting the ideal pet for your lifestyle and needs. Once you have found an animal that you believe may be suitable to you, prior to the formal adoption process, we recommend the following:
- If you are adopting a puppy or a dog and you already have another dog, bringing your animal out for a supervised ‘meet and greet’ to make sure everyone gets along (this is not necessary for cats);
- If you are renting, please make sure you have sought the Agent’s or Landlord’s permission to have pets at your property PRIOR to adopting your new animal. We see too many pets surrendered because the landlord does not allow pets;
- If you have children please also bring them out to ensure they are OK with the new pet.
Once the above is complete you will also need to have photo identification (driver’s licence or 18+ card) available.
Everyone loves the cute photos of puppies and kittens on the website but it is very important to research the breed of your new pet prior to completing the Pet Adoption Process. Some breeds need more maintenance than others, others need a lot more exercise and some require high fences … all very important to know prior to taking your new pet home.
All monies raised by the Maryborough District Animal Refuge in the sale of their animals goes back to the caring of those animals still waiting for their forever home.
We have items available in our Maryborough District Animal Refuge shop including leads, water bowls and collars.
Caring for Your New Pet
Congratulations on opting to adopt your new canine friend. You will now need to consider the following:
- Exercise and play;
- Bathing and grooming;
- Veterinary Care
Your dog needs somewhere clean, comfortable and safe to sleep and rest in which meets their behavioural and psychological needs. Your yard must be able to contain your pet and keep and have sheltered areas to protect them from weather extremes.
Some dogs prefer to sleep indoors and where this is possible and safe to do so you may allow this, however if your dog is to sleep outdoors please ensure they have adequate and weatherproof housing protected from rain and excessive sun. Comfy bedding should also be provided, especially during cooler seasons.
Your dog requires a properly balanced diet tailored to their size and age and as they age, tailored to any health conditions they may develop. Your dog should be fed high quality premium commercial food and natural foods which includes human-grade raw meat, meaty bones and vegetables to ensure a ‘balanced’ diet is provided. It is recommended that adult dogs be fed twice per day.
During the summer months you can provide your dogs with frozen bricks of water with dog food in the middle as a treat which serves two purposes: keeps your dog cool through a hot day and can keep them from getting bored whilst you are away from the home. Another great idea is to buy a clam shell to keep filled with water so your pet can play or soak throughout the day to keep cool.
Always ensure you have adequate fresh, clean drinking water available 24 hours a day for your dog.
Early socialisation and training are essential for your dog. If you have bought a puppy, puppy pre-school is highly recommended to commence the socialisation process. Classes are available through local veterinary clinics such as Walker Street Vet and Tinana Vet, Contact them for their next available date for puppy classes.
Exercise and Play
We’ve all seen the bored and frustrated dog … holes in gardens, pot plants pulled out, washing taking off the line and sometimes ripped up, but what can you do? Dogs need exercise and play. They need daily walks, off leash time outside of the yard in council designated dog parks and structured play.
Dogs should always be under the control of their owner, either physically via a lead or by verbal command if in an off leash area. It would be irresponsible to take your dog to an off leash area if they do not listen to verbal commands. This is where adequate training is a necessity.
Bathing and Grooming
Does your new pet have long hair? Make grooming party of your routine to remove dust, dead skin, loose hair and any grass seeds and tangles. Dogs should be bathed when necessary using a specific dog shampoo. When bathing your dog in cooler weather use towels or a hair drier to remove excess water and to aid faster drying.
Your dog will require annual visits to the vet for general wellness checks, vaccinations, and boosters if necessary. You can discuss with your vet adequate flea, tick and worm prevention.
Caring for Your New Pet
Congratulations on opting to adopt your new feline friend. You will now need to consider the following:
- Litter trays;
- Play time;
- Veterinary Care
Your cat requires a combination of both a high quality commercial kitten food and some natural foods to ensure a balanced diet is provided. Always ensure you have adequate fresh, clean drinking water available 24 hours a day for your cat.
Your cat may want to share your bed but it is also important to provide them with a comfortable dry bed of their own, somewhere quiet and safe.
Place a litter tray in a quiet and private area for your kitten to use when they need to go to the toilet.
Cats are playful and very curious creatures. You will need a variety of cat toys and this is a great way to interact together and important for bonding.
In addition to toys, cats will also require a scratching pole or two around the house. This keeps their nails in good condition and helps express natural behaviours.
Regular grooming is important for your cat. Make grooming party of your routine to remove dust, dead skin, loose hair and any grass seeds. Reward your cat with a tasty food treat and verbal praise this way grooming will be associated with positive things.
In general, cats don’t need to be bathed and most cats can find it quite stressful. Therefore generally avoid bathing unless recommended by your vet for medical reasons.
Your cat will require annual visits to the vet for general wellness checks, vaccinations, and boosters if necessary. You can discuss with your vet adequate flea, tick and worm prevention.
We know circumstances can change in your situation, even with the best of intentions and sometimes you need to surrender your pet. We are here to help you through that stressful time and will ensure the surrender process is a smooth one.
If you are considering surrendering your pet based on unwanted behavioural issues have you considered obedience training through the Maryborough Dog Obedience Club? In addition our staff at Maryborough District Animal Refuge are a wealth of knowledge and can provide you with some tips and advice on prior to surrendering your pet.
If you are considering surrendering your pet please complete the form below: