Adoption Policy

Paws & Claws Adoptions aims to desex, vaccinate, microchip animals in their care and find them their ‘furever’ home.

The following policies are in place to help ensure the organisation meets these goals and to maximise the chances that the home animals are adopted into will be lifelong.

Paws & Claws Adoptions will use the below criteria to select applicants and reserves the right to reject those deemed less suitable.

Adopters Need to

  • Be a permanent resident of Australia.
  • Live in South Australia.
  • Have landlord approval if renting their home.
  • Have council approval to adopt an animal when taking on the animal would exceed allowed limits.
  • Be in a reasonable stable financial situation.
  • Be in a reasonable stable home situation.
  • Be in reasonable health or at least have support at home to help look after the animal.
  • Be able to afford medical care for the animal.

Adoption of Cats

  • Cats and Kittens are to desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated prior to adoption.
  • Any known behavioural or medical issues are to be disclosed to any potential adopters.
  • A seven-day trial period is available on request. A $20 administration fee is charged if the animal is returned within the trial period.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have a home where the cat will be kept indoors all the time or indoors with access to an outdoor cat run or enclosed secure yard.
  • At the discretion of the rescue, adoption fees can be discounted if there is any health or social issues.

Adoption of Dogs

  • Dogs are to desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated prior to adoption.
  • Dogs are suitable for rehoming and are not a risk to people or the community.
  • Any known behavioural or medical issues are to be disclosed to any potential adopters.
  • A fourteen-day trial period is mandatory for all dogs. An administration fee set on the adoption contract is charged if the animal is returned within the trial period.
  • Are in most cases are to be adopted out to a home that has a secure yard.
  • Are to be adopted to a family that has physical ability to control the dog.
  • Are to be adopted to a family that is able provide the dog with time and socialisation.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are home more often than not or have one or more companion dogs.
  • Applicants who already have a dog must have their dog meet the foster dog before being allowed to adopt.
  • At the discretion of the rescue, adoption fees can be discounted if there is any health or social issues.

Animal Health

  • Animals adopted out are healthy or if there are any known health issues that they have been disclosed prior to adoption.
  • The rescue will cover any health issues considered pre-existing if raised within the first 28 days of adopting the animal. The issue must be raised with the rescue and the visits need to be at a partner vet unless otherwise negotiated.
  • A full refund can be issued within 30 days of the animal being adopted, if the returned animal became sick or has any health issues that was not fully disclosed or known at adoption.