Finding The Perfect Pet

Over 1000 animals rehomed since 2019


When Fifi arrived at OAAT Pet Rescue she had lost her cat confidence.  Her world had been tipped upside down and she was scared, sad and uncertain. She needed someone who had the time, the compassion, and the love to help her learn to trust again. 

And, then on the 26th April 2019, along came Pamela…


" I was dropping off some some donations to One at a Time Pet Rescue when I saw Fifi. She had been rescued the week prior and was hiding under a blanket in a holding pen. She looked incredibly sad. At the time I had two cats, Rebel and Marla (both rescues, and I wasn’t intending to increase my little family). Fifi had been placed up for adoption, but with no takers and I couldn't help coming back to the adoption post - and was pretty much a goner. With the reassurance from OAAT Pet rescue I made the decision to adopt and I took Fifi home on the 26th of April 2019.

She spent her first week with me in a spare room that I’d fitted our for her. It had a hole in the door that included a privacy curtain so she could interact with Rebel and Marla from the safety of her own room and she could hide if she wanted. The room also has a large double window and a kitty viewing platform so she could watch the birds in the backyard. She was scared of any loud noises so I made sure I was as quiet and gentle with every movement and interaction.

My two cats were VERY interested; a little hissing from Marla, and Rebel saw her more as another source for extra food. Introductions were made slowly and everyone kept to their own spaces. Marla was still pretty cranky but I was hopeful things would settle down once Marla realised that Fifi wasn’t a threat to her place in the house. Night times saw Marla in her usual place tucked into my shoulder, Rebel along my legs and Fifi sleeping on me which she did from the day she was released from her spare room....

...Unfortunately at the same time all of this was happening Rebel became very unwell and by the end of June had passed unexpectedly due to a pancreas issue. It was interesting because Fifi in her short time with us had a much better relationship with Rebel than Marla ever had and missed him more. I don’t think the girls will ever be best friends but they have a healthy respect for each other and share my lap for naps when I’m sitting on the recliner chair.

Fifi is definitely a lap cat and invites herself up on the recliner for cuddles. She also does bunny flops onto the ground (sometimes really dramatic), and when you’re patting her on her stomach she might decide she’d rather use your arm as her favourite kicker toy! She also does the best full length stretches I’ve ever seen and shows how very long she is.

Of a night she retires to her bedroom, which has has pillows on the floor, a PupNaps calming bed (where she is encompassed in its tall walls and fluffy surface), and a Futon surrounded by stuffed toys. Nothing but the best. She also loves playing with balls, especially ping pong balls up the hallway late at night. She has dynamic paw work. She also has access to a large outdoor enclosure and loves sitting out there watching the world go by. She still has moments where certain noises will scare her but these are fewer and further between now. I like to think that I was in the right place at the right time and she is now loved and safe.

Pamela Allen (Adopter)
Considering Adoption?
By adopting a companion or farm animal from One at a Time Pet Rescue, you are giving it a second and deserving chance to live a happy, full and rewarding life. You are also playing an important role in the advocacy against animal cruelty, inhuman breeding practices, and inappropriate animal ownership.
All animals available for adoption have spent time in foster care where their carer gets to know the animal’s temperament, personality, and energy levels. We share this with you so that you can get a feel for how the pet will fit with your lifestyle, family, future plans and finances (cat’s and dogs can live for up to 20 years!).

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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