Australia is a nation of pet lovers with more than two thirds of households owning a pet. Sadly, those homes aren’t always forever with hundreds of thousands of unwanted pets being surrendered to animals shelters every year. Petbarn are actively involved in raising awareness for pet adoption. Since opening our first Petbarn Adoption Centre in 2012, we have helped re-homed thousands of rescue dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits on behalf of our partner animal shelters whom we partner with closely.
Hear how a Petbarn Adoption changed these families lives
Anibaldi family & Luna
Adopted in 2019
from Petbarn Windsor, QLD
Fletcher & Cuddles
Adopted in 2012
from Petbarn Booval, QLD
Jasper & Scout
Adopted in 2019
from Petbarn Dubbo, NSW
Jordan & Judy
Adopted in 2017
from Petbarn Ringwood, VIC
Anna & Firley
Adopted in 2016
from Petbarn Gladesville, NSW
Hear how our team members help find fur-ever homes
We have over 600 Petbarn team members who are trained to carry out adoptions
Petbarn Gosford, NSW
A Message from
Petbarn Across Australia
Hear how our rescue partners help re-home pets every day
We have more than 20 adoption partners helping provide a second chance to these companion animals
A Message from
Our rescue partners
Introducing our Facebook
Petbarn is proud to launch its Adoption Community where parents or soon to be pet parents can share and have honest conversations about rescue pets and adoption. Did you adopt from Petbarn?
Here are more families who have
found fur-ever homes
Brooke adopted Ollie from Petbarn Upper Coomera QLD in 2020
We had recently lost our beloved 17 year old cat and we were missing him terribly. As soon as we laid eyes on Ollie (formally Coconut) we knew he was the right cat for our family.
Brittany & Wade adopted Percy from Petbarn Dubbo NSW in 2016
Because we were looking for a friend for our dog, we looked at buying a puppy but didn’t want to go through puppy stage again so we went the local shelter and PetBarn Dubbo and looked around. We found Percy and decided to adopt him.
Andrea adopted Leo from Petbarn Maroochydore QLD in 2017
A big thank you to the friendly and helpful Petbarn staff that gave me advice on the day of the adoption and the ongoing advice and care.
Emma adopted Clover from Petbarn Dubbo NSW in 2020
My daughter wanted a dog for her birthday and as we had adopted before she wanted to adopt a dog from Petbarn.
Chelzhe adopted Finn from Petbarn North Lakes QLD in 2017
I met Finn, then Figaro, a tuxedo domestic mix cat. I played with him through his little pen and felt a profound connection, one I’d never felt before. I’d never had a pet before and at the time my family wasn’t receptive, thankfully my birthday was coming up. After much convincing, two days later I went back and adopted Finn. Best decision and money I ever spent.
Elise & Jack adopted Lucifer from Petbarn Fountain Gate VIC in 2020
My partner Jack and I were looking for a special furry friend, and Lucifer was the first cat we got to go and meet. We instantly fell in love, and he brings so much joy to our family!
Brooke adopted Loki from Petbarn Browns Plains QLD in 2016
I was in Petbarn buying dog food and I walked past Loki. He was meowing so I walked over. He was so playful and every time I tried to leave he would meow for me to come back. He chose me!
Sarah adopted Pancakes from Petbarn Woden ACT in 2017
I wanted a friend for my other RSPCA rescue and as soon as I saw pancakes I fell in love with her. She is so different to my other cat but so quirky and they are now the best of friends.
adopting a pet?
At Petbarn, we believe that all pets deserve the chance to have a happy and healthy life with a loving family. That’s why we don’t sell dogs and cats in our stores, but partner with animal shelters to rehome pets in our Adoption Centres.
We find loving homes for abandoned and stray pets
At any given moment, there are thousands of lovable pets in animal shelters across Australia waiting for a new home. Petbarn is passionate about sharing the joy of pet companionship so through the Petbarn Foundation, we partner with these shelters to make sure these pets are welcomed into families to receive the love and care they deserve.
The companion animals that you see in our adoption centres, including kittens, cats, puppies, dogs, rabbits, mice, rats or guinea pigs are not sold for profit. These are rescue pets which means that if you adopt a pet from a Petbarn Adoption Centre which are located in selected Petbarn stores, 100% of the adoption fee is returned to our adoption partners.
We have helped re-home thousands of rescue pets on behalf of our adoption partners.
Our Adoption Partners
The adoption process
Assess pets for adoption
Our adoption partner assess the pet’s suitability for rehoming. All adoption pets have undergone a comprehensive vet check and been de-sexed. In all cases dogs and cats are micro chipped, treated for internal and external parasites (such as worms and fleas), and had their initial vaccination and dogs are also treated for heartworm.
Petbarn Adoption Centres
Our partners bring their shelter animals to Petbarn where they will stay in purposely built and installed enclosures while waiting to be rehomed. All Petbarn enclosures are built at our cost and have designed in collaboration with the RSPCA to ensure the well being and safety of the pet during their short stay with us.
Dedicated Petbarn staff personally care for all adoption pets. While being cared for in Petbarn Adoption Centres, staff see to all the pets needs including feeding and checking the health and wellbeing throughout the day. Dedicated staff from the adoption partner also ensure the pet is cared for during their stay.
The Perfect Match
When a prospective pet parent shows interest in adopting one our adoption pets, a Petbarn team member will spend time explaining the adoption process and ensuring there is a good connection and responsible intention between them and the pet. In the best interest of the pet, no pet is adopted until a thorough interview is conducted with the potential pet parent in line with our adoption partner procedures.
The fee of adopting a pet will vary and is set by our adoption partners which is paid by anyone adopting a pet. The adoption fee is collected by Petbarn and passed directly onto the adoption partner. 100% of the adoption fees are returned to the adoption partner. Petbarn does not profit from adoption fees. Petbarn is proud to provide food, housing and dedicated staff to caring for the adoption animals while in staying in Petbarn Adoption Centres.
Find a Pet Adoption Centre
Petbarn provide instore adoption shelters to make rescue pets more accessible to the public to help them find a loving home.
My new Fiancé and I decided it was time to adopt a cat to call our own.
We walked into Petbarn Nunawading and fell in love immediately with Natasha, the 10-month-old kitten.
We went home and talked about it. Later that we week we found out that she had been there for a few months and no one wanted to adopt her.
We got the news that she was ours and we were sooo excited. We went to the shops and bought everything possible for her.
She now lives at home with me, my fiance, my mum and dad and brother. We have 1 other cat and dog.
She fit in automatically and its only been 2 days!!
We are so excited to watch her grow and to watch her personality come out.
Thank you so much Petbarn for your quick response from Cat Corner of the adoption and for all your lovely help in getting her the correct food and information.
We're so happy with our new kitten 'Tiny' she's so friendly, purrs constantly so has adjusted really well, kids love her. The process from pet rescue was really easy, were very happy & glad to save a life!
I adopted Mary the kitten at the beginning of July and she has been a wonderful addition to my household!
She's very adventurous (chasing shadows around on the floor) and loves cuddling up on my lap whenever I'm relaxing! My new best friend is beautiful!
We adopted our lovely boy Frosty Fruit from Petbarn Northmead. Strange name for a cat but it does suit him – he’s orange, sweet and refreshing! He is a very affectionate cat who loves nothing better than trying to snuggle on the kitchen bench while food is being prepared – he does love his food!
We had some early struggles with our other 2 male cats but they are all putting up with each other now – while not the best of mates there’s no fur flying.
We are so pleased that we met Frosty when we did and are thrilled that he is a part of our little feline family.
I wasn't planning on getting another cat as I left my one to my mum to keep her company as she was lonely. But I walked into Nunawading Petbarn about two weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with a cat up for adoption by the name of "Magpie".
Straight away I could tell that he was so full of love and needed copious amounts of attention. I refused to leave the cage he was in, I physically couldn't I was so In love so I decided to adopt him. He now goes by the name of Rufus and he is such a beautiful cat, he adores everyone and makes sure they know it too.
I called in at Petbarn Campbelltown as I was near there and needed food and treats for my cat and dog.
I saw Marmalade in her cage and she was the image of my cat Lucy when she was a kitten. I was tempted to take her there and then. But decided to go home and talk to my husband and think about it overnight. I thought I will go back tomorrow afternoon and if she is still there it's meant to be. So I went back and there she was on her own so I adopted her.
We have named her Minnie as she is Lucy's Minnie Me. She has settled in well and has a lovely nature and loves cuddles.