Finding The Perfect Pet

Over 1000 animals rehomed since 2019

Bookmark Buddy

Meet Jonah from Bookmark Buddy…

Jonah is 10 and lives on Phillip Island, Victoria in Australia. He loves cats, reading, space and science. And, he’s decided to make a difference in this world – a difference to cats in need. His dream is to one day buy a house and literally ‘fill it with cats’ and to help make that dream happen he’s designing and selling book marks.

Jonah recently met with Michelle Dryden from One at a Time Pet Rescue and donated $100 of the money he has raised.  He did this to not only help support the organisation financially, but to help raise awareness around the importance of adoption.   
 
Jonah is one pretty amazing human and everyone at OAAT would like to thank him for his generosity, spirit and contribution.  

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?