If you need a compilation of the best dog rescues in Brisbane, we’ve put together the following handy list for your perusal.
1. Happy Furever After Animal Rescue
Happy Furever After Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Brisbane that relies on the hard work of dedicated volunteers. This organization specializes in helping German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Labradors in need across southeast Queensland. Dogs are rescued from overcrowded shelters and pounds where they may face euthanasia, and some are also taken in from owners who are unable to continue to care for their pets.
Once adopted, dogs are rehabilitated and given behavioural training if necessary. They also receive veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips, and treatment for worms, fleas, and ticks. The organization is a strictly no-kill rescue, and all dogs are placed in private foster care prior to being adopted – there is no shelter where the dogs are housed together. Adoptable dogs can be viewed here, or you can donate to Happy Furever After Animal Rescue here.
2. A Mini Rescue
A Mini Rescue is a Brisbane-based animal rescue organization. Their team of dedicated volunteers rescues animals from overcrowded shelters and pounds, as well as from situations of neglect or abandonment. In just two years of operation, the organization has successfully re-homed over 500 happy animals into loving adoptive families.
Once rescued, animals are placed in foster care where they receive individual care and attention, and their temperament can be evaluated. All animals available for adoption have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas, ticks, and worms, and evaluated by a veterinarian. View the adoptable dogs here to find your new best friend.
3. Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue
Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue is a rescue organization that really doesn’t discriminate – they rescue everything from dogs to reptiles. Animals are rescued from shelters and pounds where they face euthanasia and are transported to foster homes where they receive vet care, training, and rehabilitation.
As well as foster care, some of the animals are housed in a large sanctuary that the public can visit – many of the farm animals like pigs and cows are housed here. If you’re interested in adopting, you can view the available dogs here.
4. Animal Welfare League QLD
Animal Welfare League QLD is a non-profit organization that has been operating throughout Brisbane for over 60 years. This dedicated team works closely with other rescue organizations to facilitate the adoption of over 8000 animals every year. They have also worked with local governments and the community to spay/neuter over 200,000 cats and dogs to prevent pet overpopulation.
Before being listed for adoption, all dogs are microchipped, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, and spayed/neutered. All adoptions come with a 21-day settling in period – you can return the dog and receive a partial refund during this time. Available dogs are listed here, or you can donate to Animal Welfare League QLD here.
5. Cocker Spaniel Rescue QLD
If you’re looking to adopt a small to medium sized dog with a great personality, you may want to think about a Cocker Spaniel. Cocker Spaniel Rescue QLD is made up of a group of volunteers who rescue and re-home all sorts of Spaniels across Queensland and northern NSW. Spaniels of all sizes, ages, types, and temperaments are rescued and placed into foster care with dedicated volunteers.
Once rescued, Spaniels are rehabilitated in their foster homes until they are ready for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these adorable dogs, view the available pets here. The organization relies entirely on donations and fundraisers to continue their work – click here to make a contribution to Cocker Spaniel Rescue QLD.
6. Brave Companion Dog Rescue
Brave Companion Dog Rescue is an animal rescue organization focused on re-homing dogs that have been abandoned, neglected, or can no longer be cared for by their owners. The organization relies heavily on volunteers who care for the animals (many dogs are placed in foster care after they are rescued), walk the dogs, clean the kennels, and more.
All rescued dogs have been de-wormed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Most dogs are spayed/neutered – the ones that are not will need to be fixed after they are adopted. If you’re interested in adopting, you can view the available dogs here. You can also make a donation to Brave Companion Dog Rescue to help the organization cover the cost of veterinary bills, housing costs, and more.
7. North Queensland Animal Rescue
North Queensland Animal Rescue is based in Cairns and operates right across Queensland, including Brisbane. This organization is run by volunteers who are committed to rescuing homeless and abandoned pets. Most animals are taken from city shelters and pounds where they face euthanasia, and some are also surrendered by owners who can no longer care for their pets.
Once rescued, all animals are placed in foster care until they can be permanently adopted. All dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, microchipped, treated for worms, fleas, and ticks, and vaccinated. Please note that the organization will not adopt out a dog that has not been de-sexed. Adoption fees vary depending on the age of the dog – you can see the available dogs and their associated costs here. Donate to North Queensland Animal Rescue here.
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