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Adopting an Animal

Before purchasing a pet, there are many important decisions to make and factors to consider. Are you committed to caring for your pet? The average lifespan of a small dog is 11 years and for a cat it is 12 years. That's a big commitment to make and one that needs to be considered before you introduce a new pet to your home.

Is a pet the right choice for you?

  • Do you have time to exercise, groom, train and play with a pet?
  • Will you have enough money to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for your pet?
  • Who will look after your pet when you are away?
  • Do you rent and are you permitted to have pets?
  • Is your property large enough for a pet?
  • What hours do you work and will the pet have company during the day?
  • If buying a puppy or kitten do you have someone to look after it during the day for feeding purposes?
  • Can you confine your pet to the premises?  Do you have suitable fencing and/or enclosures for your pet?
  • If you're buying a cat, are you prepared to have it inside at night time?
  • Will your new pet get along with your other animals?

See Council's new dog or cat checklist (under More Information below) for more information and to get an idea of the typical financial commitment involved with a new pet.

Choosing the right breed

  • Whether you are choosing a cat, dog, fish or bird, it's important to purchase a breed that suits your lifestyle. For example, if you're not very active and you want to purchase a dog, you should choose a breed that does not require a large amount of exercise.
  • If you are choosing a bird and you live on a small block close to neighbours, you might not wish to buy a large loud bird like a cockatoo.
  • Avoid choosing a breed that is 'fashionable' as this can lead to unhappy outcomes for both you and the pet.
  • Remember, cute puppies can turn into 50 kg dogs requiring lots of space, food and attention.

Adopting a pet

  • Our local RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Ipswich, located close to University of Southern Queensland, finds homes for all creatures great and small - strays, unwanted, injured, abandoned, neglected or abused - and provides a second chance to as many animals as possible.
  • To view our beautiful animals currently available for adoption, please call into our shelter to meet them, or search online.
  • All animals in RSPCA Qld care have been thoroughly health checked and temperament tested before being offered up for adoption. They are all desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, worm and flea treated and are looking for a second chance at a happy and healthy life.
  • Visit the Ipswich Pound and Animal Management Centre, 6 Hooper Street, West Ipswich.

Animal cruelty

If you witness or are aware of incidence of animal cruelty, contact the RSPCA on telephone  (07) 3426 9999 or email them at Cruelty Complaints.

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