Before taking on the responsibility of adopting an animal, there a some very important things that you need to consider. The RSPCA NSW strongly recommends reading the information on the menu to the left (under the Adopt a Pet menu heading).
CLICK HERE to download an adoption coverage claim form which will provide a 14 day warranty for certain medical infectious conditions upon application.
To view animals currently available for adoption, please search the national Adopt A Pet database.
If you are adopting from an RSPCA Shelter in New South Wales, please refer to our Find-a-Friend information below as reference is made to these colours in our dog and cat descriptions on Adopt a Pet. Successful adoptions are made when you choose a pet that matches you.
To find a pet that will suit you, read the descriptions of the three family types below - Blue, Green or Orange.
Once you have identifed your family type, look for those colours when viewing animal profiles.
Dogs for BLUE families
Blue families are often first time dog owners. They have limited time or ability to train and exercise their dog, and want a low maintenance relationship. They may or may not have young children.
Cats for BLUE families
Blue cats are often for first time cat owners and families with children. These cats are usually low maintenance breeds such as short coated cats.
Dogs for GREEN families
Green families are happy to live with dogs that like a bit of action, but also like to relax and chill out with their dog. They are amenable to putting in some training and extra time in the early partnership to establish the household rules. They enjoy getting out each day taking their dog for walks.
Cats for GREEN families
These cats would suit a family environment and are usually quite social and would be ok to go to a home with other pets. They may need additional grooming than a blue cat and may also require a little more attention.
Dogs for ORANGE families
Orange families have a passion for dogs - they could be dog trainers or are dog training enthusiasts with a library of dog books they read. They have enough time to enjoy daily walks, games and training with their dog. They put their dog to work via mental stimulation when left home alone for long periods.
Cats for ORANGE families
Orange families are those that have had cats before and are used to high maintenance breeds such as Persians. These cats may not be particularly suited to families with children as they may not be overly open to cuddles. These kinds of cats need to be in a home where they are the only pet.