Adoption FAQs and Fees

Adoption Fees

Our adoption fee is $495 for puppies and $395 for adult dogs. 

Adoption FAQ

What does the adoption fee include?

Every dog adopted is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms and has had a full (standard) health check and behaviour assessment. The Adoption Fee is considerably less than you would pay for these individually.

The greyhound fee includes the orange collar and a muzzle to use while settling in.  Each collar is individually numbered and linked to specific dogs.  They must be worn when in public as proof of assessment.

What do I need to do to adopt?

Before adopting a dog, you must first meet the dog, and spend some time getting to know them. We do ask that all members of the household come along to meet the dog.  Staff will give you as much information as we have about that dog, and can answer any questions that you have.

Visits to Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania are by appointment.  If you have seen a dog you are interested in then click on the link on facebook or the website to visit the Home and view all dogs for adoption.   Be aware that if you are coming to see a particular dog, it is possible that the dog may have been adopted before you visit. 

If you already have a dog, we will ask you to bring that dog in for a supervised ‘meet and greet’ to make sure that the two dogs get on.

If you’re renting, we’ll need a letter from your landlord giving you permission to have a dog on the property.

I’d like a particular breed of dog, can I go on a waiting list?

Sorry, but we don’t keep waiting lists for particular kinds of dog. So if you’re waiting for a small dog, or a particular breed of dog, just keep visiting our website or follow us on Facebook and you’ll see our dogs as they are advertised for adoption. 

Can I return the dog if it doesn’t work out?

Yes! If things are not working out its best for the dog if you bring him or her back to us as soon as possible. If you return within 30 days of adoption we will refund your adoption fee less a $35 administration fee.

Do I need a kennel licence?

If you already have 2 companion dogs at home you will need to obtain a kennel licence from your local Council.  This can take upwards of a month to arrange.  Details can be obtained from Council websites.

Costs vary depending on which Council you are dealing with, but range from $240 – $82 to lodge an application.  Annual renewals range from $80 – $39.  On top of that are advertising costs of about $150.

We will not adopt a dog to you until you have a licence.  

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