Adopt a pet | Redland City Council

Adopt a pet

Redland City Council’s animal shelter gives animals that are surrendered or impounded and not claimed a second chance to find a new family through our adoption program.

If you're interested in adopting a pet, you can visit the animal shelter to meet our furry friends or see our available animals via the links below.

Dogs and cats available for adoption

Whilst we make every effort to keep this site as up to date as possible, you will need to contact us or visit the shelter to confirm if an animal is still available for adoption.

All our dogs and cats available for adoption have been:

  • fully health checked
  • temperament tested
  • heart worm tested (dogs)
  • FIV tested (cats)
  • wormed
  • provided with preventative worm and flea treatment
  • microchipped
  • desexed
  • vaccinated

All animals adopted from Redland City Council Animal Shelter receive six months free registration with Redland City Council.

Things to consider before you adopt

Pet ownership is a commitment that should be carefully considered. It's important that the animal you choose suits your family, lifestyle and home environment.

  • How much time do you have to commit to a pet?
  • How much space do you have?
  • Do you have adequate housing to keep a pet? (i.e. do you have an enclosure and shelter; does your rental agreement allow you to have an animal?)
  • Does anyone have allergies / health issues in your home?
  • What nature of animal would be best suited? (i.e. active / passive)
  • Do you have finances available to cover food, vet care, toys, etc.?

How to adopt a pet from the animal shelter

Once you've found a pet you like on our website or Facebook page, you will need to visit the animal shelter to confirm that the animal is still available for adoption, and to view and meet the animal.

Please bring the following with you:

  • photographic ID showing your name, address and age. Customers must be aged 18 or over
  • if you have a dog/cat you may wish to bring him/her along to ensure they get along with their new playmate
  • if you have a child/ren you may choose to bring them to help determine that your chosen new pet is the right match for your family.

If you decide to adopt an animal, you can take your pet home that day. Payment by EFTPOS or cash must be made at the animal shelter prior to leaving with your new animal.

An employee of the animal shelter will conduct a brief and informal interview with you to ensure the animal will be a good fit for your life. Any known history of the dog/cat will be discussed, including the results of the animal's temperament testing.

The officer will complete all required paperwork with you and explain the terms of sale associated with your purchase.

Cooling off period

We understand that circumstances beyond your control can occur; because of this we provide a 14-day cooling off period.

If, within 14 days of taking the animal home, you find the animal is not suitable for any reason, you may return the animal and a refund will be offered.

Animal shelter contact details

Phone: (07) 3829 8663
264 South Street
Thornlands QLD 4164

Operating hours

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 9am – noon
Sunday: 9am – noon

After hours emergencies

After business hours, the animal shelter phone number will divert to Council’s after hours emergency number.

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