The launch of Pet Adoption Month | A new leash on life

Generic image of kittens at the Animal Shelter

March is National Pet Adoption Month and the City of Ballarat is encouraging people to think about adding the right furry member to the family.  

At the commencement of March, the Ballarat Animal Shelter has 18 dogs, 77 cats and one pony looking for their new homes.  

When it comes to selecting an animal, take your time to think about what animal will fit your lifestyle.  

Introducing the right animal into your family can benefit life in many ways, a pet can provide great company, keep you active and reduce stress levels.  

The Ballarat Animal Shelter can assist in matching you with the right dog, cat or other animal to suit personality and lifestyle.  

The better the staff at the Animal Shelter know your needs, wants and lifestyle the better a match can be made.  

For example, Gabby – a Great Dane mix – needs a loving home to suit a family with older kids that can give her plenty of walks. She is under two years old and would be a great addition to an energetic family.  

Meanwhile, older shelter resident Jet is looking for a home to retire to as he is 15 years old. He would be happy to spend his days cuddling, sleeping and relaxing, and is available at no cost to a good home.  

City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor, Cr Amy Johnson said all animals deserve a loving home.  

“It’s a big decision to bring a pet into your life, so make sure you do your research and make the best decision for you and your family,” she said.  

“Pets can add so much value to our lives and in Ballarat we have high numbers of pet ownership. I encourage those considering purchasing or adopting a pet to talk to others about their experiences with caring for an animal.” 

There is a rehoming fee of $410 for all dogs at the Ballarat Animal Shelter, which includes veterinary checks, worming and flea treatment, desexing, microchip, and City of Ballarat registration if you are from the municipality.  

Visit the Ballarat Animal Shelter website or contact the team on 5334 2075 to make an appointment to find your new furry friend. The experienced staff will help you find the ideal fit for you and your family. 

2,430 animals went through the Ballarat Animal Shelter in 2022: 

  • 1,090 dogs and puppies 

  • 1,268 cats and kittens 

  • 72 guinea pigs, rabbits, rodents, pigs, chickens and goats 

  • 749 cats and kittens were adopted 

  • 301 dogs and puppies were adopted 

  • 106 dogs and puppies were rehomed to our rescue affiliates  

  • 163 cats and kittens were rehomed to our rescue affiliates