A pet adoption initiative by PETstock Assist and PetRescue
Find Happily FurEver After. Adopt a Pet at National Pet Adoption Day

Saturday 6th February 10am - 2pm

  • Chat with rescue group representatives.
  • Meet pets available for adoption*.
  • Learn about becoming a pet foster carer.

*Adoptable pets may not be in attendance at every store. Chat with your local PETstock team for more information.

View your store's partner rescue group


Rescue groups are subject to change. Please contact your local store for more information.

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Questions about Adoptable Pets at National Pet Adoption Day

Will there be adoptable pets at my local store?

Where possible, our rescue group partners will have pets available for adoption with them during the event.

Unfortunately, not all PETstock stores will have rescue pets in store on the day. This may be due to a number of factors. For example, the pets currently available for adoption may not be comfortable being in an in store environment, the weather on the day may prohibit pets from travelling to the store, etc.

Some rescue groups may only have one pet with them on the day, or some groups may have many. If you have any specific enquiries about this, it is best that you call your local PETstock store on the day for more information.

If you aren't able to meet the right rescue pet for you on the day, visit PetRescue.com.au, where you’ll find over 9,000 pets waiting to find their new forever family!

What types of pets can be adopted?

The types of animals available for adoption vary from dogs and cats to small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
To learn about the types of animals your PETstock store’s partner group helps to rehome, we recommend contacting them directly for information. You’ll be able to find a list of our partner rescue groups by visiting petstock.com.au a little closer to the event date.

Will the rescue group visiting my local store be local to my community?

While many groups will be local to each store’s region, rescue groups will travel from all over the country to be part of the national Pet Adoption Day.

Many of our rescue group partners rely on foster networks to care for pets waiting to be adopted. This means that rescue pets get to live in loving homes while they wait to find their forever family. Foster carers may live in a close vicinity to your local store, or cover a wide spread area.

If I meet a pet I’d like to adopt, will I be able to take it home on the day?

Recue group representatives will provide you with all of the necessary information about adopting a pet in their care. Adoptions are solely at the discretion of the rescue group and will follow the rescue group’s usual adoption policies and procedures. For example, potential pet parents may be asked to complete a survey and / or bring any other pets along to meet the adoptable pet to see that they get along with each other. All rescue groups operate differently so it’s recommended that you chat directly with rescue group representatives about their adoption policies / procedures.

What happens if there is more than one person interested in adopting a pet?

If you find a pet that you’d like to adopt, rescue group representatives will provide you with all of the necessary information. Adoptions are solely at the discretion of the rescue group and will follow the rescue group’s usual adoption policies and procedures. For example, potential pet parents may be asked to complete a survey and / or bring any other pets along to meet the adoptable pet to see that they get along with each other. All rescue groups operate differently so it’s recommended that you chat directly with rescue group representatives about their adoption policies / procedures.

What does the adoption fee cover?

When you adopt a pet, they have already been desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, administered with parasite control and have undergone athorough medical and behaviour assessment; all of which is covered by their adoption fee. Adoptions are completed directly by members of the rescue group who know their animals the best and all adoption fees go straight to the rescue group to help support all animals in their care.

Click here to learn more about PETstock’s PETadopt Program

Questions about PETstock’s Partner Rescue Groups

How were PETstock’s partner rescue groups chosen?

All of the organisations partnering with PETstock stores for the National Pet Adoption Day are Members of PetRescue, a national animal welfare organisation, which is great because you can find them anytime by visit PetRescue.com.au!

If you’re a part of rescue organisation and interested in getting more info about joining PetRescue, please visit: https://www.petrescue.com.au/member-signup

Questions about Pet Foster Care

What is pet foster care?

A foster carer is someone who provides a safe, nurturing environment for a pet until a permanent home is found. The majority of rescue groups don’t have a physical facility like a shelter, but rely on a network of foster carers to care for pets in their own homes.

What would becoming a pet foster carer involve?

A local rescue group will chat to you about the type of pet you are keen to foster. Whether it’s an older cat, litter of puppies, a dog or even guinea pigs and rabbits. A representative from the rescue organisation will meet you, most likely do a home check, and talk you through everything required.

How much time to I need to put into it?

It completely depends on the pet. If you decide to become a foster carer for unweaned puppies, you won’t be getting much sleep for a few weeks! But if you are looking to help a settled older dog or cat, then you’ll just be providing the normal amount of cuddles and walks a pet needs.

Are there any financial obligations?

All groups operate slightly differently depending on their size, location and type of pet they rehome. But generally the group covers all vet costs and the foster carer provides food.

Are there any other resources I might need to commit?

Love and compassion are the main requirements of a foster carer. You’ll be set up with the basics to care for your foster pet by the rescue group and they will let you know upfront if you need to provide anything else.

Would I require any permits?

Not usually, but each state and council area are different, so the rescue group will make sure you are in compliance with any requirement.

How long would someone typically keep a fostered pet for?

Each pet is different. If you’re fostering a small-breed puppy, they are unlikely to be with you more than a few weeks, but if you decide big boofy dogs are your thing, they may be with you for a few months. The rescue group will give you an idea on how long they would expect each pet to be in your care.

If your circumstances change - you need to go away or something comes up - the rescue group will find a new foster carer for the pet.

What happens if I want to keep a foster pet?

You certainly can. You and your foster make it official and you adopt your pet (and hopefully you’ll keep fostering other pets).

What happens if I don’t like a foster pet?

If for some reason your foster pet isn’t a good match, your rescue group will find a new carer.

What animals are normally fostered out?

Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses. Foster caring helps every type of pet.

Can I choose a particular animal, breed or size?

Yes, the rescue group will work with you to find the most suitable foster pet for your circumstances.

On average, how many pets will a carer foster?

Usually one at a time, unless they are fostering litters or have resources for more. Some foster carers choose to foster while they can’t make a lifetime commitment.

How do I get started?

Go to PetRescue.com.au, select Dog, Cat or Other Pets, select size and state, then click ‘Show advanced search’ and select ‘Pets looking for foster care’. If you find a pet you’d like to enquire about and offer your services as a foster carer, click the ‘Enquire about this pet’ button at the top of the pet’s profile, or scroll to the bottom of the profile page to find the contact details of the rescue group caring for the pet.
Alternatively, contact info@petrescue.com.au and they’ll help connect you with a rescue group in your area.

Who typically becomes a pet foster carer?

People from all walks of life. Students who can’t commit to a lifelong pet; retirees who love pets but want to travel; families who want to make a difference; people without a pet of their own or people who can welcome an additional pet into their lives. The only typical thing about foster carers is their love of pets.

Why is pet foster care so important?

Every foster carer is saving the life of a pet. Each rescue group can only take on as many pets as they have carers. Without a carer available a pet may face a very uncertain future in the pound.

What is the biggest reward for pet foster carers?

Knowing they have saved a life, and the reward you get from spending time with an animal that loves you.

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