FAQ

How do I adopt a pet through Get a Pet?

Get a Pet doesn’t adopt out animals, we just help you to find the people who do! When you have used Get a Pet to find an animal that you might like to adopt, please contact the rescue organization directly to inquire about adopting that animal. You will need to adhere to their adoption rules, but if you have any problems getting in contact please let us know and we will follow up as well.

Are all the animals on Get a Pet updated and currently up for adoption?

Yes! Because the Get a Pet website is linked to Shelter Management software, the moment the rescue organizations software marks that animal as adopted it is automatically taken off the website. Some animals may be pending adoption, but that means you still have a chance to make them part of your family.

Is there an adoption fee to adopt an animal?

Get a Pet itself is a free service; however, most rescue organizations in South Africa will charge an adoption fee, and this fee will vary from place to place. Remember that this fee likely covers sterilization, vaccination, deworming and sometimes even microchipping. Most organizations make no profit on adoption fees, and the fee barely covers the cost of food, veterinary care and shelter running expenses spent while the animal was in their care. Spending money on an adoption fee will undoubtedly be the best money you have ever spent!

Are thoroughbred animals available?

Yes! Even though Get a Pet will never advertise animals bred through a breeder as we wholeheartedly believe in adopting not breeding, shelters and rescues in South Africa have many beautiful thoroughbred animals. Search for the breed you are looking for and see for yourself! If you can’t find a specific breed please either contact us and we will reach out to our contacts or check again in a few days. Our database is updated and growing rapidly, with new animals added every day.

What if I don’t find my perfect match?

As with all relationships, never give up! There is a vast number of animals surrendered to shelters every day and so the available animals will change daily. Maybe tomorrow you will find your perfect fur-baby. Please come back in a few days and look again. If you stil can’t find the animal right for you please email us and we will reach out to our friends at various shelters and rescues and see if we can find your perfect match.

What if my perfect match is in a different province?

Different shelters have different rules. Some will adopt to people in other provinces, and some won’t. It depends on their rules and whether they have trusted home checkers in your area. Please contact the shelter/rescue directly to enquire if they do far adoptions, you will find most are quite accommodating and will go to great lengths to find the animals in their care the perfect home.

Aren’t shelter animals problem animals?

The answer is a resounding NO! It breaks our hearts, but so many people believe that buying an animal from a breeder is better than adopting because Shelter animals are “thrown away” animals. The truth is that many of the animals in shelters are there through no fault of their own, and most shelters only adopt out behaviourally sound animals. Family’s immigrating or moving to a place where no animals are allowed, the death of an owner, divorce and financial problems are the top reasons for animals being surrendered to shelters.

What if I get turned down for adoption?

If for some reason a Shelter/Rescue has turned you down for the adoption of a specific animal, it can be quite disappointing. These organizations take many things into account when making huge decisions like this. The animals’ personality and history, your lifestyle, the space and time you have available, your family set-up and your experience as an owner will all be considered. While a lot of animals will fit in with most families, some require a specific kind of home and the Shelter/Rescue’s first priority is to find the animal in their care the very best home they can. This is good news for you too – with their vast experience Shelters/Rescues can often tell in advance if an animal will be right for you – and might save you heartbreak down the line. Please don’t be disheartened. The right animal is out there waiting for you, please keep on searching.

How can I get my Shelter’s/Rescue’s animals on Get a Pet to help get them homed?

If you would like to register your Shelter or Rescue Organization with Get a Pet please contact us at info@getapetsa.co.za and we will send you all the information. We can’t wait to meet you!

How do I adopt a pet through Get a Pet?

Get a Pet doesn’t adopt out animals, we just help you to find the people who do! When you have used Get a Pet to find an animal that you might like to adopt, please contact the rescue organization directly to inquire about adopting that animal. You will need to adhere to their adoption rules, but if you have any problems getting in contact please let us know and we will follow up as well.

How do I adopt a pet through Get a Pet?

Get a Pet doesn’t adopt out animals, we just help you to find the people who do! When you have used Get a Pet to find an animal that you might like to adopt, please contact the rescue organization directly to inquire about adopting that animal. You will need to adhere to their adoption rules, but if you have any problems getting in contact please let us know and we will follow up as well.

How do I adopt a pet through Get a Pet?

Get a Pet doesn’t adopt out animals, we just help you to find the people who do! When you have used Get a Pet to find an animal that you might like to adopt, please contact the rescue organization directly to inquire about adopting that animal. You will need to adhere to their adoption rules, but if you have any problems getting in contact please let us know and we will follow up as well.

How do I adopt a pet through Get a Pet?

Get a Pet doesn’t adopt out animals, we just help you to find the people who do! When you have used Get a Pet to find an animal that you might like to adopt, please contact the rescue organization directly to inquire about adopting that animal. You will need to adhere to their adoption rules, but if you have any problems getting in contact please let us know and we will follow up as well.