Finding The Perfect Pet

Over 1000 animals rehomed since 2019

Barn Cats

What is a Barn Cat?

Barn cats prefer to live outside and are suited to a relatively independent life on a farm or rural property. But, they are not ‘feral’ and they are not strays.  They are cared for by humans, should be de-sexed,  and need food, water and shelter provided.  But, unlike a social or domesticated cat, Barn Cats are aloof and independent and do not generally seek out or enjoy a physical relationships with humans. Their personal space needs to be respected, and in return they will help keep the mouse or rat numbers down on your property.   Read More

OOAT Story (Frankston Foreshore Cats)

OAAT Pet rescue was recently contacted about a colony of 30 cats living on the Frankston foreshore. A homeless gentleman had been feeding them for many years, but had fallen ill and no longer able to care  for them.  The local community had attempted to help, but the issue was compounding as the cats continued to breed and grow in numbers. The cats were semi domestic in that they needed human input to survive, but they preferred to live outdoors with independence. Some of these cats are pregnant, some were mums with kittens, and quite a few required urgent vet work. 

If surrendered to a shelter or pound, these cats will most likely have been euthanised.  However, OAAT together with Meow Rescue, trapped, vet checked, de-sexed, micro-chipped and rehomed every cat.  This would also have not been possible without the generous donations and support received from the community.

The costs associated with the vet work and rehoming of these cats has been quite significant. All donations over $2 are tax deductable.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years, so it’s really important that you select a pet that is going to fit with your personality, household dynamics, and future plans. 

Lifestyle Compatability

Energy Levels

Are you looking for a pet that is full of energy and playful? Or would you prefer a pet that is content to hang with you around the house all day, and nap on your lap while you watch TV or read a book?

Personality and Temperament

Would you have the time and calm environment needed to nurture a shy, or fearful pet and help build back their confidence and zest for life? Or, would you prefer a pet that is outgoing or independent and that would slot perfectly into a busy home?

It's also important to consider the personality and temperament of any existing pets. How will they respond to a new addition to the family, and how will you manage the integration?

Housing and Council Regulations

Permits & Permission

The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils, this includes the requirement for registration, curfews for cats, and on/off leash walking for dogs. These are often easily found on each council website. if you are renting, it's vital that you consult with your landlord and secure their permission before applying for adoption.

Home Life and Holidays

It's perfectly fine to work outside the home and be a pet owner. It's also completely reasonable to take holidays throughout the year. But, before adopting a pet, consider how much time they will be on their own, and how this will be managed. How will you be sure they are safe and have the required stimulation and comforts when you are not home? Who will care for them when you go on holidays?

Costs associated with owning a pet

Adoption Fees

All OAAT pets are vaccinated, desexed and microchipped prior to adoption.   They will also be up to date with all worming and flea treatments.  This is all covered in the adoption fees (which generally range from $200 - $900 depending on the type and age of the animal).

Ongoing Costs

Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years.  This is 20 years of feeding, vet care, council registration, toys, training, etc.  Does this fit with your budget and finances? How would you manage unexpected medical expenses if your animal was to become ill?