Thank you for considering to adopt a rescued animal, giving them a second chance at a happy life with you and your family. Here are a few things that will help you in the process:

How we help you find your perfect fur-ever friend

RSPCA WA tries to match the right animal with the right owner. We offer personalised advice at our shelter about which animal best suits a person’s lifestyle and personality.

Prior to adoption, prospective owners can spend time with the animal in one of our ‘meet and greet’ spaces. Every animal has a unique adoption process to ensure a happy adoption outcome for the entire family.

Dogs: Potential adopters will be asked to meet dogs in an exercise yard for at least 30 minutes to allow you to interact with your potential new pet. Prospective owners will be required to bring their other dog(s) and everyone who is going to be living with the dog for a meet and greet at the shelter to ensure suitability with the entire family. Dog to dog meet and greets can be scheduled once you have come to meet the dog available for adoption. Unfortunately, if either dog has prior guarding concerns, they may not be eligible for consideration.

Cats: Potential adopters will be asked to meet cats in their cat-condo. We prefer not to remove cats from their enclosure as this causes unnecessary stress. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate cat meet and greets.

Rabbits: Potential adopters will be asked to meet rabbits in their enclosure or exercise pen. Potential adopters are not required to bring their rabbit in for a meet and greet, however we offer detailed advice regarding bonding your new rabbit. 

The adoption process doesn’t end once an animal leaves one of our shelters. Our staff provide advice to new owners on general pet care including dietary requirements, and are also available for further advice in the days, weeks and months following adoption, as the animal settles into their new home.

For further information, or to speak to our expert staff and volunteers about finding your new best friend, please call us on (08) 9209 9323, or drop by the RSPCA Shelter during business hours.


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Four easy steps to adopting a rescue animal

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Step 1


Consider your lifestyle and what type of pet would best suit your family. To ensure you can offer a lifelong home, remember to consider the animal’s ongoing expenses.

Step 2


Search our adoption site to view the animals who are currently available for adoption, read their profiles and see if they would suit the home you can offer.

Step 3

Book a time

Once you've found a potential new friend and you're sure you can meet their needs, make an appointment to come and meet them.

Step 4


Come to the Shelter meet your new friend, and prepare to welcome a new addition to your home.

For more information about the time and financial requirements of pet ownership, please refer to our Responsible Pet Ownership section. 


When adopting your new best friend, please note:

  • To ensure everyone in your family is compatible with the animal you’re interested in adopting, we do require everyone in the household to meet the animal prior to adoption.
  • If you already own a dog and are adopting another dog, they will need to have a dog meet prior to adoption to ensure they’re compatible. Please also bring with you the vaccination certificate of the dog you already own.
  • If adopting livestock, a PIC (Property Identification Code) number is required
  • If adopting a horse, please fill out an expression of interest form


RSPCA WA Shelter opening hours and location

Located at 108 Malaga Dr, Malaga, just off Reid Highway.

Open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 9am-4pm by appointment only
Closed Mondays and all public holidays.

Tel: (08) 9209 9323.


Continue your search for your next pet.