If you’ve plucked up the courage to finally adopt a pet in Brisbane take note of the places below that could be housing your future best friend right now.

1. RSPCA QLD

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When it comes to animals the RSPCA live and breathe adoption with approximately 44,000 animals depending on them every year. Located in Wacol, RSPCA QLD is a leading animal shelter and is home to a number of potential adoptees like dogs, cats, birds, pigs, lizards and even chickens.

2. Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ)

The AWLQ was established in 1959 and has one of the highest ‘save’ rates for a shelter of its size. Responsible for rehoming 800 animals every month, the AWLQ has four South East Queensland locations including Coombabah, Beenleigh, Willawong and Bracken Ridge.

If you choose to adopt through the AWLQ all cats and dogs are de-sexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, treated for prevention of fleas and worms and may be eligible for 3 months free pet insurance through RACQ.

3. Pet Rescue

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Pet Rescue is like the Google search of the pet adoption world. Simply serving as the browser, Pet Rescue supports hundreds of independent rescue organisations, shelters and pounds and show every four-legged, winged and swimming friend up for adoption in one place.

While every adoption agency have their own set of adoption procedures and fees, the general process will consist of a chat with the agency followed by a meet and greet and then the completion of an application form.

4. Best Friend Rescue

Dedicated to dogs and cats on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Best Friend Rescue has saved pets on death row at council pounds and dogs surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.

The dogs and cats up for adoption are given an online profile with an in-depth description and summary of the pet. If you find the pet of your dreams apply online and the site will guide you from there.

5. Peninsula Animal Aid (PAA)

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Located in the Redcliffe Peninsula, PAA has been helping stray and surrendered pets since 1971. They are a not-for-profit charity organisation that runs on the support of donors and volunteers.

Because of this, adoption for a kitten is $150 and $125 for cats over 12 months, while the adoption fee for all dogs is $250. All PAA dogs and cats are vet checked, de-sexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated and heartworm tested, saving you over $400 in vet costs.

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