Adopt a dog


New digital dog database from 1 July 2021. Own a dog, own the responsibility.

Are you considering purchasing a new dog? The dogs at Domestic Animal Services need your help. Every week there are new dogs who need re-homing. When you choose to adopt a dog, you're saving their life.

All dogs available for adoption have passed a temperament test and are in good health.

Things to consider before adopting a dog

Adopting a dog should be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for you, your family and other household members. The dog you adopt will be a loyal and loving addition to your family.

Before choosing a dog to adopt you should consider:

Adoption process

Step 1 – Select a dog

You can view the dogs available for adoption on the impounded dogs page. Dogs that are available for adoption have ‘ADOPT ME’ written above their name in the column next to their photo.

Step 2 – Submit expression of interest

Once you have seen a dog that you are interested in adopting please fill out the expression of interest form or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Once your expression of interest has been lodged one of our qualified staff will contact you to discuss the dog you identified and the possible next steps in the adoption process.

Please note that in times of high demand we may not be able to contact all parties that have completed an expression of interest form. The status of the dog’s availability is updated daily on the impounded dogs page.

Step 3 – Meet the dog

To ensure you find the perfect dog, you can visit DAS and get to know the dogs in a safe, grassy exercise area. Come back with the family, a friend, your other dogs or on your own to have a play and make sure everyone gets along. There is a dog exercise area at the Domestic Animal Services shelter where dogs can be introduced to each other to see how they interact.

Step 4 – Finalise adoption

Once you have decided to adopt, one of the staff members from DAS will help you complete the relevant paperwork and process the associated adoption fees. All dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, and registered before they leave the shelter. The adoption fees are set out below and are payable before you take your dog home.

Adoption fees

*GST inclusive

If the dog is sexually entire you will need to arrange a time with your vet to have the dog desexed and Domestic Animal Services will arrange for the dog to be delivered to your chosen vet on the day you arranged for your procedure. Desexing fees vary from vet to vet and are payable by the new owners.