Maggie's Rescue is not an animal shelter. We care for animals through our amazing network of foster carers. Thanks to them, most of our rescue dogs are adopted even before we can list them on our website. That is why you may not see many dogs on our adoption page. The pets shown on this page have gone through our home-ready program and are now available for adoption.
If you would like to adopt a dog through Maggie's Rescue we encourage you to sign up to our Foster Carer's Program. By becoming a Foster Carer with us we can try to match any dogs needing rehoming to the needs of our adopters. It's a great opportunity to take your time and choose the right dog for you family.
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. This mean some pets are going through a transitioning process that may not be ready for adoption.
Please use this link to enquire about adopting one of our rescue dogs. Please do not use the link in the animal profile: Adoption Enquiry
Fostering is fun, and can be a great way to have a pet in your home without the long commitment of pet ownership.
Why is fostering important?
Did you know that Australia has the second highest euthenasia rates in the world? Sadly, each year, over 200,000 healthy cats and dogs are put down because they had nowhere to go. Through public education and encouraging people to adopt from rescue groups and shelters, we can change these figures. One animal at a time.
Every foster carer that signs up potentially means that we can rescue another animal. Everyday, people are opening their hearts and homes to a foster pet and joining our Foster Carer Program.
Helpless companion animals that have been lost or abandoned need temporary care. To get the second chance they deserve, each of these animals desperately need a foster carer. You can do this as often as suits your lifestyle and even stipulate what kind of dog or cat you are prepared to foster.
What does it involve?
If you think you can commit to three months in order to foster a pet in need, we would love to talk to you! Our average time for a pet in care is much less than this but in order to provide our rescue animals with stability, we ask that you are prepared for them to be in care for a bit longer if need.
All veterinarian costs are covered by Maggie’s Rescue. We do ask our foster carers to provide for their day to day needs, such as food, water, shelter, exercise and flea and worm treatment. When we receive food donations we share these with our carers. We also ask our foster carers to transport their foster animal to and from vet appointments or bring them to adoptions days held at Maggie’s HQ in Marrickville.
Essentially, you will need to treat the animal as you would your own pet while they are in your home.
We want to make fostering fun for you and your foster pet. We provide an on going training program and out Intakes Coordinators and Managers are available to offer support and advice when needed– in return, we hope your experience will make you want to foster again (and again!). There is never any pressure for foster carers to take on an animal if they are not comfortable and we work around your scheduled holidays and commitments.
Ready to foster? Apply now
If you are ready to foster now then follow the links below so we can find out a little more about you. You will be invited to attend out Induction Session which is an informal and friendly session that will answer all the questions you have around being a foster carer.
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Maggie's Rescue is not an animal shelter which means that we care for all our animals through our amazing network of foster carers. Our FOSTER TO ADOPT program has been designed to provide a safe and nurturing temporary home for animals in need until their adoptive 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, they will be listed on our website for adoption.
The key to a successful and happy adoption is making sure that we match the right person to the right pet. Sometimes this requires time and a few details but in the end, Maggie's Rescue is focused on rehoming our pets for life.
Follow our Adoption Process to help you find your purrfect family pet.
STEP 1 - Browse our pets
Browse all the beautiful cats and dogs that are available right now via the links below.
STEP 2 - Make your application
If you’re interested in a particular pet, click on the ADOPT ME button. This will take you our Adoption Enquiry Form. These questions help you decide if this is the right time in your life to adopt a pet. Remember that a Maggie’s Pet is for life, so please consider this when making your adoption enquiry.
If you feel that adoption is not the right thing for you now, consider becoming a Foster Carer with Maggie's Rescue.
STEP 3 - Meet and Greet
Our foster carer will contact you to talk about their pet 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 their foster pet. This is to ensure that the pet is the right fit for your family. We want your adoption to be the best 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 the pet 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 Maggie's 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 with the C3B, transfer of ownership papers and desex certificate to complete the transfer. They will send you a Certificate of Identification within 2 weeks. Maggie's 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.