Adoption Process


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Maggie's Rescue is not an animal shelter. All our animals are placed with our network of foster carers all around Sydney. Our FOSTER TO ADOPT program has been designed to create a nurturing and loving temporary home for animals in need until a permanent home is found. Some pets may be going through a transitioning process and may not be ready for adoption. When our foster carers feel the animal is ready to adopt, these animals will be listed on our website for adoption.

Matching the right person to the right pet is important at Maggie's Rescue. Following our Adoption Process will help us to find your purrfect family pet.

STEP 1 - Find

Browse all the beautiful cats and dogs that are available right now via the links below.

STEP 2 - Apply

If you’re interested in a particular pet, click on the “ADOPT ME" button. This will take you to the Adoption Enquiry Form.

We ask all people looking to adopt to fill out an enquiry form. These questions help you ensure that it is the right time in your life to adopt a pet. Remember that Maggie’s Pet is for life, so please consider this when making your adoption enquiry. 

STEP 3 -  Meet and Greet

Our foster carer will contact you to talk about the animal and find out a little more about you and your family. They will arrange a time for you to come to their home or to our office to meet the pet. This is to ensure that the animal is the right fit for your family. We want your adoption of a family pet to be a good experience, so we may occasionally suggest a different cat or dog if your current situation does not meet the needs of the individual animal.

We receive a large volume of adoption requests for all our animal everyday. So, if you have not heard back from us within a week, it is likely that our animal has found their forever home. But please don't stop looking, If you find another pet that you would like to meet, let us know and we will forward your original application to the new foster carer. 

STEP 4 - Paperwork and Two Week Trial 

Once you have agreed to adopt a Maggies animal we need to conduct a home check of your property. We want to be sure that your home is a safe environment for all our animals. If approved, you will be emailed a link to sign our Adoption Agreement, complete ownership transfer papers C3B, and make your adoption donation. Once we receive all your completed paperwork and donation our foster carer will contact you again to arrange a time for to collect your pet. 

All Maggies pets have a two week trial in your home. At the end of this trial we provide council withC3B, transfer of ownership papers and desex certificate to transfer ownership. They will send you a Certificate of Identification within 2 weeks. Maggies Rescue will forward any desex and vaccination certificates, as well as the completed C3B sent to council. If there are any relevant vet reports that relate to your pet these will be emailed to you. And that's it! The adoption process is complete.


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