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Whether you're looking to adopt a pet or hoping to foster and want to know if we are the right animal rescue for you - we answer your most frequently asked questions here. Can't find the answer to your question about Humane Animal Rescue Australia? - simply reach out to us via the contact page or directly to

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I adopt a pet from Humane Animal Rescue?

Looking to adopt a new forever friend from a humane animal rescue in Australia? You're in the right place!

  1. Find the pet for you: The first step in finding your perfect pet is to thoroughly read through the animal's profile.. This will give you an idea of their personality, needs, and whether they would be a good fit for your home. If you have any doubts - do not hesitate to reach out to us at the Humane Animal Rescue Australia and ask us for more information about the animal you are looking to adopt. If there aren't animal that you think would be a good, please still get in touch and let us know what would be the ideal pet for you so we can let you know if a rescue animal with your needs comes into our care.

  2. Get in touch: Next it's time to get in touch with us - the Human Animal Rescue group. You can do this by emailing us at or filling out the contact form here. Be sure to include the name of the animal and a bit about you and your home; this is just so we can get to know you and make sure you're the perfect fit for your new furry friend. The more information you can provide about your home, lifestyle, and other pets, the better. This will help the Humane Animal Rescue find the perfect home for the animal for you as quickly as possible.

  3. Meet and greet / Adoption papers: After you've sent in your inquiry, we at the Humane Animal Rescue group might want to chat with you or have you fill out a questionnaire. We may then invite you to meet the animal in person to make sure you're a good match. Finally, you'll complete some adoption paperwork and your new dog, cat or forever friend will be ready to join your family!

How to prepare your home for a new rescue pet:

Here are some tips for preparing your home for a new rescue pet:

  1. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies, such as a crate or carrier, food and water dishes, a collar and leash, a bed, and toys.

  2. Choose a quiet, safe room for your new pet to stay in initially, such as a spare bedroom or a laundry room. This will give them a chance to get used to their new surroundings without being overwhelmed.

  3. Introduce your new pet to other household pets gradually, and always supervise their interactions. It's important to give all pets plenty of space and time to adjust to one another.

  4. Keep hazardous items out of reach, such as cleaning supplies and medications.

  5. Make sure your home is properly secured, with gates or fences in place to prevent your new pet from getting out

  6. Consider signing up for training classes, both for yourself and your new pet. This can help you learn how to communicate effectively with your new pet and set boundaries, and it can also help your pet learn good manners and socialisation skills.

We hope these tips are helpful! Humane Animal Rescue will be able to provide more specific advice to your pets needs and aims to help you and your new rescue pet off to the best possible start.

What are the benefits of adopting a pet from a rescue organisation like Humane Animal Rescue Australia:

  1. You are giving a pet in need a second chance at a happy and healthy life.

  2. As a humane animal rescue organisation we provide medical care and behavioural support for the pets in our care, so you can be confident that your new pet is healthy and ready for a new home.

  3. Adopting from Humane Animal Rescue helps to free up space and resources, allowing the organisation to rescue more pets in need.

  4. Adopting a pet from Humane Animal Rescue can be more affordable and ethical than buying from a breeder or pet store.

  5. Humane Animal Rescue Australia have a knowledgeable team and volunteers who can help you choose a pet that is a good match for your lifestyle and family.

  6. Adopting from Humane Animal Rescue Australia should be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both you and your new pet.

I hope this information is useful to you as you consider adopting a pet from Humane Animal Rescue Australia.

What is the importance of desexing, immunisation and microchipping pets:

Desexing, immunisation, and microchipping are important for the health and well-being of pets in Australia. All animals adopted out by Humane Animal Rescue are desexed, immunised and microchipped.

Desexing, also known as spaying or neutering, refers to the surgical removal of a pet's reproductive organs. This procedure is generally recommended for cats, dogs, and rabbits, as it can help prevent certain health problems and behavioural issues. For example, desexing can help reduce the risk of mammary gland tumours, uterine infections, and prostate problems in cats and dogs. It can also help prevent pets from marking their territory or engaging in other undesirable behaviours.

Immunisation, or vaccination, helps to protect pets from infectious diseases. There are a variety of vaccines available for cats, dogs, and other pets, and it is important to discuss your pet's specific needs with a veterinarian.

Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for pets. A microchip is a small chip that is inserted under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique identification number that can be read by a microchip scanner. If a pet becomes lost, the microchip can help reunite them with their owner.

What training methods does Humane Animal Rescue Australia use?

We at Humane Animal Rescue Australia only use Force Free Training methods for all animals in our care. We support our fosterers to implement these human training approaches to ensure the safety and well being of pets in our care whilst addressing any behavioural issues.

Why does Humane Animal Rescue use Force Free Training methods?

Force-free training methods are techniques that do not involve the use of physical force, punishment, or intimidation to train animals. Instead, these methods rely on positive reinforcement, which means reinforcing desired behaviours with rewards such as treats, praise, or toys.

There are several reasons why Humane Animal Rescue Australia uses force-free training methods:

  1. These methods are more humane and ethical. Animals should not be subjected to physical force or punishment in order to learn.

  2. Force-free methods are more effective. Research has shown that animals learn faster and retain information better when they are trained using positive reinforcement.

  3. Force-free methods help to build trust and strengthen the bond between humans and animals. When animals are treated with kindness and respect, they are more likely to trust and bond with their trainers.

  4. Force-free methods can help to prevent fear, anxiety, and aggression in animals. When animals are punished or subjected to physical force, they may become fearful or aggressive, which can lead to behavioural problems.

  5. Force-free methods are more enjoyable for both animals and trainers. Training should be a positive and enjoyable experience for all parties involved.

Overall, Humane Animal Rescue as an organisation use force-free training methods because they are more humane, effective, and enjoyable for all parties involved.

What is the difference between animal shelters and rescue organisations like Humane Animal Rescue Australia?

In Australia, animal shelters and rescue organisations are both types of organisations that provide care and housing for animals in need, such as stray or abandoned pets. However, there are some key differences between the two types of organisations:

  1. Funding: Animal shelters are often funded by local governments or charitable donations, while rescue organisations may rely more on private donations and fundraising.

  2. Scope of operations: Animal shelters may operate on a larger scale and may be responsible for a wide variety of animals, including cats, dogs, and other domestic pets. Rescue organisations, on the other hand, may focus on a specific type of animal, such as cats, dogs, or horses, and may have a more narrow scope of operations.

  3. Adoption process: Both animal shelters and rescue organisations may have adoption programs, but the process for adopting an animal may vary. Some animal shelters may have a more streamlined adoption process, while rescue organisations may have more specific requirements or a longer application process.

  4. Mission: Animal shelters and rescue organisations may have different missions and goals. Animal shelters may be more focused on providing temporary housing and care for animals until they can be reunited with their owners or adopted into new homes, while rescue organisations may be more focused on rehabilitating and rehoming animals that have been neglected, abused, or otherwise mistreated.

We hope this information helps clarify the differences between animal shelters and rescue organisations in Australia.

What are the emotional benefits of volunteering or fostering from Humane Animal Rescue?

There are many emotional benefits to volunteering or fostering at Humane Animal Rescue. Some of these benefits include:

  1. A sense of purpose and fulfilment: Volunteering or fostering at a rescue can provide a sense of purpose and meaning, as you are helping to make a positive difference in the lives of animals.

  2. A sense of connection: Working with animals can be a deeply rewarding and enriching experience, and can help you feel more connected to other living beings.

  3. Stress relief: Interacting with animals has been shown to have a calming effect and can help reduce stress and anxiety.

  4. Personal growth: Volunteering or fostering at a rescue can help you develop new skills, learn more about animal behaviour and care, and gain a greater appreciation for the needs of animals.

  5. Social connections: Volunteering or fostering at a rescue can also provide an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends who share similar interests and values.

Overall, volunteering or fostering at a humane animal rescue can be a deeply rewarding and enriching experience that can bring a sense of purpose, connection, and joy to your life.

Can I volunteer at Humane Animal Rescue?

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering at Humane Animal Rescue Australia. We have volunteers based all over Australia and many different types of roles available. Please reach out if you are looking to give back in a meaningful way to animals in your area. You can do this by emailing us at or filling out the contact form here.

Where is Humane Animal Rescue based in Australia?

All over! Although we have our core team in Melbourne Victoria, Humane Animal Rescue is an Australia wide organisation and we aim to rescue and re-home as many animals as we can all around Australia. We are open to volunteers, foster carers and adoptions from any state in Australia. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested in becoming an animal foster carer or looking to adopt a pet in any state of Australia. You can contact us to find out what states we currently have pets available in by emailing us at or filling out the contact form here.


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