The adoption procedure is as follows:
1. You decide on a dog/cat by visiting our shelter at Victoria Drive, Walmer to meet the animals that we have available. Bring the whole family if possible.
2. If you would like assistance in choosing a dog or cat or you feel walking through the dog kennels or catteries may be upsetting, you can make an appointment to meet with our Adoption Specialist, who specialises in matching dogs, cats and people. This will give you time to get to know each animal and help you make your selection. Please call 041 3661660 to make an appointment.
3. Once you have chosen a dog that you like and if you have already have a dog at home, please come back another pre- arranged time to the shelter and bring your dog along (on a lead) to make sure it is compatible with your new pet. Please note: In order keep the stress levels of our animals as low as possible, your pets are not allowed in our kennels and/or pens. Please bring a family member or friend to “dog sit” while you stroll the kennels/pens and meet prospective pets and ask our Adoption Specialist or a staff member to assist you.
4. Decide on the adoption once you, members of your household (including your pets) and our staff agree that you’ve found a great match.
5. Fill in an application form.
6. Adoption forms are legal and must be signed by the new owner, who must be over 21 years.
7. Our inspector will visit your home to ensure your property is suitable for the animal concerned. We will take into account: size of property, fencing around the property, children’s ages, other animals in the family, level of the family's activity (whether the dog will be exercised), whether the animal is allowed inside your house, how long a pet will be left alone in the day, etc. You will be called once the inspector has been to let you know if your home check is approved or not.
8. Once your home check has been approved, come to the shelter to collect your new pet. Please bring a cat basket or a lead when you come and collect your new pet.
9. The adoption fee is detailed below and is payable on collection of the animal which includes sterilisation, vaccination and de-worming as well as a collar with an ID tag for puppies and adult dogs only.
10. Stray animals cannot be adopted until it is established that their owner cannot be found.
Adoptions and Animal Viewing:
- Monday – Friday 08h00 – 15h30
- Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 08h00 – 14h00
- (Please allow a half hour minimum to complete the adoption process.)
Adoption Fees includes includes sterilisation, vaccination and de-worming as well as a collar with an Animal Welfare Society ID tag for puppies and adult dogs.
Kittens (six months and younger): R600
Cats (older than six months): R450
Dogs and puppies: R800
To view photos of some of the animals that we have available for adoption, please visit our Facebook page.