I have a huge heart for animals so when I'm searching for a new animal friend to add to my family, I prefer to look in one of the many animal havens throughout Australia that provide a temporary home for lost, unwanted or abandoned pets. My heart cries out at the thought of a lonely animal waiting patiently for a special owner to choose and love them as their own.
Apart from the well-known animal refuge RSPCA, there are many shelters and rescue centres Australia wide that allow you to adopt, foster or save an animal by providing them with a permanent home. Most of these rescue centres run entirely on donations and public support so you're performing a good deed by donating your spare dollars to support them in their tireless campaign of saving and freeing animals.
Best Friends Rescue is a non-profit, registered charity organisation run by a dedicated team of volunteers and relies solely upon the generosity of public donations. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and one of the ways you help is by purchasing a gift online for one of their homeless animals. They rescue abandoned, unwanted dogs and cats from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas and their aim is to find loving, permanent homes for each one.
Currently, they don't have a shelter to house their animals so all pets are kept with loving foster parents or adopted out until a permanent home can be found. You can help by donating, becoming a foster carer, adopting an animal or volunteering your services in a number of ways.
To enquire, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Best Friends Rescue never give up on an animal and will continue to take care of him/her as long as it takes.
If you're looking for a pet to rescue, PetRescue is Australia's largest online directory for rehoming lost and abandoned animals. Originating with the idea of forming a "matchmaking service for animals", they provide a service uniting homeless animals with loving families. To date they have helped find homes for almost 100,000 lost and abandoned animals and over 25,000 animals are given new homes each year through their PetRescue listings. Like most not-for-profit organisations, they rely on donations, commercial sponsorship and public support.
This is how it works. Shelters and rescue groups enter listings online of all the pets needing homes and any member of the public can search their online directory of animal listings. When you've found the pet that's right for you, contact the shelter housing the animal.
If you'd like to provide a loving home for an abandoned animal or volunteer with an animal shelter and rescue centre in Australia, visit the PetRescue directory and search for an organisation in your Australian state.