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.

Finding the Perfect Match

  1. Energy Levels
    Is the pet laid back, playful or energetic.  Does it prefer to nap most of the day, or does it require regular interaction (and in the case of a dog, how many times a day will it require walking?) Does this fit with your lifestyle and time availability?
  2. Personality and Temperament
    Is the pet shy, confident, adaptable, fearful, laid back, independent etc?  How would this pet’s personality fit with the dynamic in your household?
  3. Special Needs
    Does the pet have have any special needs (eg. fears, triggers, medical conditions) and how would you manage and accommodate these?
  4. Future Plans
    Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years.  What are your future plans?  Are you planning to travel, relocate, expand your family etc.
  1. Housing and Council Regulations
    Will the pet live indoors our outdoors? Does it require specific bedding, fencing or enclosures? The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils.  Make sure you are aware of these.
  2. Do you have permission to have a pet?
    If you are renting, do you have landlord permission?
  3. Holidays
    Who will look after your pet when you go on holidays?
  4. Your existing pets?
    Do you have any existing pets and how would they respond to a new addition to the family?
  1. Adoption Fee
    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 – $400 depending on the type and age of the animal).

  2. 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?

  3. Unexpected Medical Care
    Although we all hope it never happens, pets can get unexpectedly sick.  How would you financially manage a medical emergency?

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