Animals for Adoption

We apologise for the gremlins affecting our website! Please use Google Chrome web-browser to view our Lost and Found pages, and Available to Adopt pages. We are working to fix this as soon as possible. Alternatively, you are welcome to call the shelter or drop in to meet the animals in person. – SDCH team

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home prides itself on giving Sydney’s lost and abandoned animals a second chance at life.

When you make the decision to bring a pet into your home it can be a very exciting time, and you will be rewarded with unconditional love, and a lifetime friend.

Deciding to give a rescue animal a forever home will be a decision you wont regret, knowing that you are giving lifelong happiness to a lost or unwanted pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Through our in-depth matching process, our trained staff can ensure that the animal you choose will fit in with your family and lifestyle perfectly. 

There are many reasons why an animal may come into our care. They may be lost or abandoned, and in some cases we recieve surrendered animals if the owners can no longer look after them. Lost animals are held for either 7 or 14 days, depending on whether or not they are microchipped; this allows us time to try to track down the owner and reunite them with their pet. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, many animals are never reclaimed, 

This is where our real task begins – these animals are given a second chance from the second they become available for adoption.

At Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, we pride ourselves on conducting responsible rehoming and promoting conscientious pet ownership. We endeavor to build a clear profile of the home best suited to each animal, and every dog is given a formal behavioural assessment.

Our goal is prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, loving, domestic pets, young or old or with special needs, by rehoming them and giving them a second chance at life. 

While our animals patiently wait for their forever homes, we feed and recommend Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. They are given the love and attention they deserve by our dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Each receives a medical assessment and care from our Shelter Veterinarian and CEO, Dr Christine Cole.

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home charges an adoption fee for our animals. While this fee doesn’t cover the cost of our operations, it does  help with the cost of caring for each animal while they are with us. An adoption fee also deters irresponsible pet ownership.

Included in the adoption fee is desexing, microchipping, vaccination, flea and worm control and a vet health check. Our animals benefit from the highly nutritious diet of Hill’s Science Diet while in our care, and receive at least 2 walks per day, with socialization and play time in between. All dogs are temperament tested before rehoming, which helps to ensure adopters choose the right animal for their lifestyle…and vice-versa!

Dogs and Cats

The adoption fee for adult dogs is $365 and for adult cats is $215. Adoption fees may be greater for puppies or special cases that have received special treatment.

It is a requirement by Council that each animal that leaves our facility will has lifetime Council registration. This requirement is processed on adoption day by our staff and is $52 per animal.*

*Pensioners receive a council subsidy which reduces registration costs to $21 on presentation of their current pension card.

All ages given for our animals are approximate, and are based on the assessed age during their medical check. The breed and temperament described for each animal is determined by our experienced staff members at the time of assessment.

To see our latest dogs available for adoption click here

To see our latest cats available or adoption click here

Please note that sometimes dogs and cats can be adopted before we get a chance to put them on our website’s adoption page. If you are looking for that special pet, we recommend that you come in and visit the Home regularly. Alternatively, contact our office and speak with our friendly staff on 02 9587 9611 who can give advice on our current residents and any who might fit your lifestyle and home.

Pocket Pets

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home does not refuse any animal that comes in from our council areas via our rangers. This includes; birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other pocket pets. These pets are a popular choice in inner Sydney, and make a great addition to families..

To see our latest pocket pets available for adoption click here

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is open 7 days a week and our viewing times are as follows:

Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4.00pm

Saturday 9:30am – 3:30pm

Sundays and Public Holidays 9:30am – 2:00pm

Closed to the public on Christmas Day

To ensure you have plenty of time to see and speak with our staff about animals available for adoption, we would suggest come in at least an hour before the end of viewing.

If you are interested in reading about some of our success stories and Happy Tails click here

To see our latest statistics on reclaim rates, adoptions and euthanasia click here

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about any of our current residents, please don’t hesitate to call us on 02 9587 9611 or email us at

 “LOVE is a four legged word”