Adopt a Rescue Dog in Brisbane
Are you thinking about adopting a rescue dog in Brisbane? Adopting a dog is about more than just finding a pet – it’s about finding a new member of your family. There are a range of options available in Brisbane for finding your new fur baby – from animal shelters and pounds to rescue organisations and animal sanctuaries. We’ve comprised a handy list of places to search, as well as what to think about and look for.
List of some of the shelters and rescue associations in Brisbane
- RSPCA Queensland – with branches and shelters all over the South East Queensland region.
- 3R Animal Rescue – a non-profit organisation that rescues dogs surrendered by people, from unhealthy environments, or from situations where they would have been put to sleep. They operate out of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.
- Animal Welfare League of Queensland – takes care of roughly 10,000 unwanted animals annually and relies predominantly on the community for support.
- Tails of the Forgotten – a non-profit operating between Brisbane, Logan, and the Gold Coast. They rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome lost dogs.
The ins and outs of adopting a dog
- Think about whether you want to adopt a dog from a rescue organisation or a shelter/pound. Shelters are certainly cheaper, but the information provided by a rescue organisation and the process you undergo is much more thorough.
- Do your research beforehand and think about what kind of dog is the right fit for you. Certain breeds are prone to different behavioural issues, health issues, or even have a shorter or longer lifespan. For example, Rottweilers can have heart issues, and Labradors are known for having hip and arthritis issues as they age.
- Check the temperament of the dog and enquire about their specific needs. Certain breeds will require more attention, more exercise, or more training. They might need a big yard, or need to sleep inside. They also might prefer to be in single dog households or might not be a good fit with kids. For example, working dogs like kelpies, cattle dogs, border collies or sheep dogs can become bored if left alone for long periods of time. They also require a lot of exercise and attention.
- Think about your situation and whether it’s a good fit for the dog you’re interested in.
- Are you able to provide the dog with the time and attention he or she requires? Can you take your new family member for daily walks or donate a few minutes to throwing a ball around? Is training something you’re interested in doing?
- Do you have a big enough yard for a dog that requires a lot of exercise and mental stimulation? Is it properly fenced to prevent your dog from escaping?
- Do you have small children or other pets? Smaller dogs can sometimes be more aggressive with children, and children can often be a bit too rough with dogs of a smaller stature. Bigger dogs may not know their own strength when it comes to playing with other pets or small children.
- Ask about the dog’s previous history if it’s available. Was there any abuse in the dog’s past?
- Make sure you enquire about any health issues. If a dog has an ongoing health issue that may require multiple trips to the vet or daily medication, make sure you know everything up front.
- Talk about costs. This doesn’t just include the adoption fee, but also vet bills, weekly food costs, any training you may want or need to offer, and the money you need to provide your dog with comfortable bedding, toys, and other things to keep them happy and healthy.
The risks of adopting a stray
When adopting a stray dog, there are a few things to consider before you make the decision. Firstly, a stray dog comes with no birth certificate or record on their past, so often the shelter or rescue organisation has to make educated guesses on the dog’s age, health issues, and temperament. This can affect the choices you make when deciding which is dog is right for you. Also, it makes it harder for the shelter to determine whether your situation is right for the dog, and how they’ll react to certain aspects of your life. Different breeds can exhibit varying degrees of aggression when submitted to certain situations, and dogs that may have had a traumatic past can react in unpredictable ways. If you don’t have the time to help your new dog adjust to his or her new environment, a stray might not be the right fit for you. Remember, adopting a dog is a two way street – you need to ensure that the dog is the right fit for you and that you are the right fit for the dog.
For more information about pets in Brisbane, check out Families Magazine!
Does your child have a soft spot for all creatures great and small? Then check out The Animal Welfare League of Queenland (AWLQ) school holiday Program.