Thank you for your interest in adopting from Happy Paws! Adding a new four-legged member to the family is a serious but exciting decision. There are so many gorgeous dogs and cats in need of a home that it is easy to get caught up with the cute factor. Take some time to think about what’s important to you in a pet.  A little pre-thought will go a long way in ensuring a good fit for both parties. Please consider the following points to ensure you are “Adoption Ready”.



Why do you want a pet? 

It is amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it’s “the thing to do” or because the kids have been pining for a puppy or kitten usually ends up being a big mistake. Don’t forget that pets may be with you for the next 10 to 15 years.

Do I have time to care for a pet? 

Between puppy school, toilet training and general puppy behaviour a great amount of time and work is required. Puppies/Dogs need daily walks and stimulation. If you are time-poor, it may not be the best time to add a new pooch to your family. Kittens/cats don’t need the same time commitment as dogs but in addition to their basic needs they still require companionship and stimulation.


Am I allowed to own a pet where I live? 

If you rent, you will need to ask your landlord for permission to have pets. If you live in an apartment that you own, you may need to check with a body corporate, or other relevant group, to make sure your apartment is pet friendly.


Can I afford a pet? 

Bringing a pet into your home is a big commitment. Costs to consider include food, yearly registration, vet checks and possible veterinary bills, yearly vaccinations, regular worming and flea treatments, shelter (including ‘pet-proofing’ certain areas of the house and yard), grooming, bedding, and toys. Most of these costs are not a once-off, so you need to be prepared to budget for these costs all year round for the entire life of your pet.


Does owning a pet fit into my lifestyle? 

It is important to take into consideration any plans you have in your short term and long-term future. If you have plans to travel for extended periods, it probably isnt the time to add a new family member.

If you have considered all of these points and would like to move forward please continue to the Adoption Process.


Some of our beautiful animals in their forever homes.

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