Our Adoption Process 

Once you have seen an animal that you would be interested in adopting on our Dogs or Cats page, please complete our online
 Adoption Application

We care deeply about the welfare of our animals.It is never a case of "first in best dressed" when we are choosing the most appropriate new home. For this reason, we recommend that you fill in as much information as possible on your application.


In order for your application to be considered you must, as a minimum:


- Be aged 21 years or over.
- Own your home (Please considering Foster Care if you do need meet this criterion) You can read more about our Foster Program here
- Have Council approval for the number of animals you intend to keep

- Be willing to provide a vet reference.


We use years of our experience in matching an animal with a family based on lifestyle, family members, attitudes to pet ownership and the personality of the pet.

Due to the number of applications we receive and our limited resources we only contact shortlisted applicants. Should your application be shortlisted you will be contacted within 7-10 days.

In this stage of process we get in touch with you for a more detailed conversation and arrange to make a home visit. During the visit we will inspect your yard to ensure your fencing and home is appropriate for the animal you are interested in. We will also request a verbal reference from your vet.


Adopting an animal from 4 Paws is not easy because we want to ensure that the animal will remain with its new family until the natural end of its days. The future well being of an animal is our absolute priority.


We work hard to find the most appropriate home possible for each of our animals, no matter how long it takes.


4 Paws does not organise interstate adoptions for any animal.

As part or our adoption process involves a visit to you and your family at home, preference will be given to applicants living on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.


If you have any questions about a 4 Paws pet or would like to be considered as an adoptive family please complete the

 Adoption Application

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