Signing over your pet for rehoming
If you decide that the only option is to sign over your pet to AWL, we’ll do everything we can to find the best possible home for them.
Please be completely open and honest about your situation – the more we know, the easier it is for us to understand the best way to proceed. Please remember that we are not here to judge or criticise you, we are here to help you and your pet.
No matter your circumstances, we will listen without judgement, and do what we can to make things as simple as possible.
AWL will never turn away a dog or cat in need. However, for the wellbeing of your pet we may need to make difficult decisions. It is important that you fully understand our policies about reclaim of ownership or your pet being put to sleep.
It’s important to understand that once you legally sign over your pet to AWL, you relinquish all rights of ownership to them.
We can only accept a pet if it’s microchipped in the name of the person bringing the pet in, and their microchip registration will now be transferred to AWL.
It isn't possible to visit your pet once you’ve signed them over to AWL. It would be very distressing for the pet because they would think you were coming to collect them. And of course, this would be very upsetting for you. For the same reason, we don't give you updates on your pet once it's owned by AWL.
As a rule, we don't allow you to reclaim your pet once they’ve been brought into us for rehoming, unless we agree that it’s in the pet’s best interests. That’s why it’s vital that you carefully think your decision through before making an appointment
Putting your pet to sleep
We deal with a wide range of animals arriving here and as a result, we regularly receive dogs and cats with serious medical conditions or behavioural problems. This means our dedicated team treats each animal on a case-by-case basis and does everything we possibly can to give them the best chance of a happy future.
Our expert team will take the time to assess each pet to understand their individual needs, motivations and behaviours towards other animals and people, they will also identify any areas where undesirable behaviours can be resolved with time, training and care.
We will never put an animal to sleep unless they are found to have untreatable medical problems, or to have behavioural issues so severe that we believe we will be unable to safely rehome them.
After a thorough assessment process and any required medical treatment, if the pet is suitable for rehoming we will put them up for adoption.
This can take a matter of days but for others it may be many months. There is no time limit on how long we care for an animal.
At AWL, we’ll do everything we can to rehome physically and psychologically healthy animals.
It takes time to consider each case and situation individually. Please make an appointment to ensure we can spend time with you and your pet. Call us on 8348 1300.
At times we may not be able to take your pet straight away, but we will always discuss your options and do what we can to support you with your decision.
The handover fee is $60 per cat or litter of kittens and $80 per dog or puppy and this will need to be paid on arrival.