Adopt a pet
Rescue a stray dog or cat
Owning a pet can be good for your health and wellbeing. Pets will provide you and your family with great companionship.
If you've been thinking of getting a pet and can offer a feline friend or canine companion a loving home for the rest of its life, consider adopting from the Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter.
Sadly, every year in NSW thousands of unwanted animals are put to sleep. The Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter has a 'no-kill' policy, meaning that only dogs or cats deemed dangerous or have an illness that affects their quality of life are euthanased.
Staff at the shelter are dedicated and compassionate, as are the volunteers who spend time with the animals to make sure they are exercised, socialised and able to maintain a solid bond with humans. Before being made available for adoption each animal is registered, microchipped and desexed.
Cats and dogs that have been picked up by City of Sydney rangers are taken to the shelter for re-homing. These animals are usually lost pets that we can't trace back to their owners because they aren't microchipped. Some have been dumped or neglected. All are looking for permanent, loving new homes.
Owning a pet is of course a responsibility. The animal you take home will require food and veterinary care, as well as love and attention. All dogs need regular exercise and some may need ongoing training. The City provides off-leash areas for dogs to exercise and free obedience classes.
Last updated: Thursday, 30 August 2012