Finding The Perfect Pet

Over 1000 animals rehomed since 2019

What it Means to be Truly Free…

At 4.30am on Saturday morning we received a message asking if we could re-home some chickens.  367 of them!
These girls had been ‘free range layers’, but their commercial value had expired.  They had become what’s called ‘spent chickens’, meaning they were still producing eggs, but not at the rate required for commercial viability.  So, they had been caught, crated into a trailer,  and would have been euthanized.  OAAT couldn’t let that happen…
It was a daunting task, but we took all 367 chickens into care!
For these girls now – their lives have only just begun.  For the first time, they will get to experience what it means to be truly free. They will get to do what chickens like to do – roam, stretch, flap their wings, walk on soft grass, lie in the sun and enjoy a dust bath.  They have value and they matter.  Oh, and they still regularly lay eggs, and will continue to do so for months or even years to come. 
New Homes. New Lives!
The majority of these chickens have found new homes on rural properties or in suburban backyards.   The remainder will be re-homed in the coming weeks.  Their new homes will make sure they are provided with fresh food, water, open air,  and a safe place to roam and roost at night (safe from predators).  

Donations Needed

The costs associated with the rehoming of animals can be 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?