Q1 – How do I adopt a dog through Puppy Tales Rescue?

You can find a full list of our dogs available for adoption here

Adopting an animal is a rewarding experience that will last a lifetime. Before you apply to adopt, please take some time to consider the commitment you are about to take. We have gone to great lengths to make sure that our dogs have individualised profiles written up. Not all dogs are suited to all lifestyles so make sure you carefully read through their individual requirements before applying for the dog.

Q2 – What is the adoption process?

Since we began in 2012, we have rehomed thousands of animals into loving homes. All animals available for adoption have been desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and health checked prior to being listed.

As an animal welfare organisation, we take the adoption process very seriously and it is like adopting out a member of the family. We will take time to ensure the animal suits your needs, but that you also suit the needs of the animal.

Our adoption form may be a little lengthy and feel a little intrusive, however it gives us the best idea of the home you are offering, thus ensuring a perfect match.

After we have assessed your form, if you and the dog are a match, we will ask for you to visit with the dog. The Meet and Greet generally takes place at Puppy Tales Rescue’s Headquarters, in Merrimu, Victoria.

The meet and greet process can take up to 90 minutes. This will include spending time with the animal, introducing them to an existing pet if applicable, and if the meet is deemed acceptable, completing all applicable forms. Please make sure that you allow enough time for this process.

On the very rare occasion, depending on how the meet and greet goes, we will discontinue the adoption process. This will only occur if the dog is uncomfortable with yourself, your family or your dog.

Q3 – Why do you charge adoption fees and what are they?

We charge adoption fees because we are a not-for-profit organisation. Adoption fees go towards caring for the animals whilst they are in our care, as well as desexing, microchipping and vaccinations. In some cases, animals require major surgery and long-term foster care before they can be adopted.

Adoption fees are:

  • Puppies (up to 1yo) – $800
  • Adults – $600
  • Seniors – $400

Adoption fee includes:

  • desexing
  • vaccination
  • microchipping
  • intestinal worm and flea treatment
  • a 4 week return policy for a full refund of the adoption fee
  • an adoption pack which includes – food (either a full bag or a transition pack), collar, lead and toys