If your family is ready to welcome a furry friend into the home, why not make a real difference in the life of a rescue?
Rescuing an animal from a shelter is one of the best ways to find yourself a pet. From puppies to older dogs, kittens and cats, even ferrets and rabbits and mice, you’re sure to find the perfect pal for your living situation all the while giving an animal the loving forever-home they deserve.
To help you with your search for your new best friend, we’ve compiled a list of Canberra’s best pet rescue shelters. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
What makes a great pet rescue shelter?
Not sure what to look for when seeking out a rescue dog shelter in the Canberra area? No worries. Start by keeping an eye out for the following traits:
- Ethical practices. First and foremost, it’s vital to work with a shelter that treats the animals with the care and respect they deserve.
- The right kinds of animals for your family. Maybe you’re exclusively looking for a young puppy you can train yourself. Or perhaps you’d like a rabbit for something lower maintenance, or an older cat who you’d like to give a second chance at life. Whatever your preferences, look for a shelter that rescues the types of animals best suited to your household.
- Microchips and vaccinations. When rescuing a dog or a cat especially, look for a shelter that ensures all animals are micro-chipped and vaccinated before they are passed on to their new owners. It’s also important to make sure that the shelter promises to provide you with your new pet’s medical history upon adoption.
The best pet rescue shelters in Canberra
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Having recently celebrated its 60th birthday, the RSPCA ACT is one of the most trusted names in animal welfare and pet rescue – including dog rescue. Committed to the health and wellbeing of all animals, the organisation’s Canberra branch offers a significant number of dogs for rescue.
The national website allows you to browse pets who are up for adoption across the country so you can locate and secure the perfect pup for your living circumstances. What’s more, when you pay your adoption fee, you can rest easing knowing your money is making a real difference in the lives of abandoned and injured animals.
As ‘Local Guide’ Clare writes in their Google review, “I am so glad that these animals are surrounded by such loving and caring staff everyday. You can tell they all get joy from seeing an animal go home to a caring family. I adopted my kitten from here I could not fault the service or the staff.“
The council-run Queanbeyan Pound is a great dog rescue option for those looking to help safeguard the wellbeing of local dogs that have not been claimed by past owners. All animals come de-sexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, and treated for fleas – all that’s left to do is show your new furry friend some love.
As Facebook user Lynda Thistleton writes in their review, “I adopted a guinea pig from Queanbeyan pound. Great service from staff, and I’ve been there a couple times prior for looking at dogs (…) and they were very helpful.”
Flossie’s Kitten Rescue is run by cat-lover Flossie, who, with the help of a network of vets, works hard to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome kittens out of her own home. She guarantees that all cats, once adopted, come socialised, house-trained, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed.
‘Local Guide’ Jess Kull writes in their Google review, “Flossie’s is a wonderful cat/kitten rescue. If Flossie could rescue every cat/kitten…..she would. (…) All kittens/cats are well socialised before the are up for adoption, health checked and are kept in a clean loving healthy environment. I have adopted my two boys from Flossie and I definitely recommend her and her team, if you are looking to adopt a cat or kitten.”
Canberra Pet Rescue is a registered non-profit charity group of volunteers who have dedicated their time to rescuing impounded, surrendered, and abandoned cats and kittens across Canberra. They believe that no matter how they came into the world or they have been treated while they’re here, every can and kitten is given the chance to find a loving forever home.
As Kim Dickson writes on Facebook, “Just brought home my little boy Twilight. He’s house trained, vaccinated, wormed & desexed all covered in the price. CPR carer has socialized him beautifully & he’s a real smoocher! Doing a fantastic job for these poor homeless bubs. Highly recommend.”
The team behind ACT Rescue & Foster protect abandoned dogs in Canberra and the surrounding regions from euthanasia by fostering them in their own homes. They do whatever it takes to give each and every dog the life they deserve to live. Adopt from ACT Rescue & Foster and free up much-needed space for other at-risk dogs to be rescued.
There’s a lot that comes with providing the best care for your pet. Check out our articles on the best dog groomers, the best vets, the best emergency after-hours vets, the best dog trainers, the best pet shops and pet supplies and the best pet insurance for more helpful information on Canberra’s best pet services.
If you’re interested in finding somewhere for your pet to stay whilst you’re on holiday, our articles on Canberra’s best dog walkers and pet sitters, best dog boarding kennels and catteries, and best doggy daycares may be helpful.
Your experience with pet rescue shelters in Canberra
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Have you adopted a rescue animal? Which shelter did you visit? Share your experience in the comments section below.