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Adopt a dog from our Geelong Shelter

Thank you for considering one of our shelter pets for adoption into your house and home. When you adopt a dog from GAWS, they are temperament tested, health checked, de-sexed, microchipped, wormed and treated for fleas.
The adoption process consist of you visiting the shelter and arranging a meet and greet with the dog you are interested in.
When there is considerable interest in one particular animal, we may call for expressions of interest and then a decision is made and the successful applicant is notified.
If you already have a dog in your home, we need you to bring your pet with you to assess their interaction with our dog.
If you decide to proceed with the adoption, you will be asked to fill in an adoption agreement and then pay the adoption fee.
You may be able to take the dog home on the day of adoption if he/she is already desexed and microchipped and has no further surgical requirements.

More often however, once you have paid the adoption fee, we place the dog into our Vet Clinic for the next available surgery.
On the day of the surgery (desexing), we arrange for you to collect your dog from our vet clinic so that he/she can recover in the comfort of your home.
Adoption fees vary based on a number of factors. For example, dogs over the age of 7 years are a lower rate than a puppy as we like to encourage people to adopt animals of all ages.
The adoption fees we charge are designed to offset our costs of placing the animal up for adoption.
All our pets come with a 7 day basic health cover.