Make a life-saving difference by adopting from RSPCA

Thousands of animals need RSPCA South Australia’s help every year. While most are adopted through our shelters, many are find homes through our adoption partners, including participating Petbarn stores.

We’re only able to rehome these animals thanks to the support of loyal supporters like you – thanks for your interest in making a life-saving difference! To make it easier for you to find your perfect forever friend, all our animals available for adoption are listed here on our website.

When adopting, don’t forget to bring photographic ID which shows your name and current address, as it will be required at the point of adoption. Please note that if you have an existing pet, you may need to do a meet and greet to ensure the animals are compatible. Also, while our adoption pages are updated frequently every day, there is a chance the animal you are interested in will have found a home prior to you arriving at the facility.

How we help connect you with the perfect fur-ever friend

At RSPCA South Australia, we always look to match the right animal with the right owner. We offer personalised advice at our shelters 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 dedicated ‘meet and greet’ spaces. Every animal has a unique adoption process to ensure a happy adoption outcome for the entire family. These processes are outlined as follows.

Dogs: Potential adopters will be required to meet dogs in an exercise yard for at least 30 minutes. 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 Lonsdale shelter. Dog to dog meet and greets are by appointment only.
We highly discourage female-female dog adoptions and if either dog has prior guarding concerns, they will not be eligible for consideration. We do not do meet and greets with any other animals besides dogs.

Cats: Potential adopters will be required to meet cats in their pen. We do not remove cats from their enclosure as this causes unnecessary stress.  We cannot accommodate cat meet and greets.

Rabbits: Potential adopters will be required to meet rabbits in their enclosure or exercise pen. Potential adopters are not required to bring their rabbit in for a meet and greet. Unfortunately, we do not do same-sex rabbit adoptions, only opposite sex.

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 1300 477 722 or visit one of our shelters.

Four easy steps to adopting a rescue animal

Adoption steps 1 - plan
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.

Adoption steps 2 - search
Step 2


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

Adoption steps 3 - contact
Step 3


Once you’ve found your special friend, contact the facility where the animal is being housed to find out more about the adoption procedure and their opening hours.

Adoption steps 4 - visit
Step 4


Visit the facility to speak with the staff, meet the animal you are looking to adopt and prepare to welcome a new addition to your home.

Ready to get started?