Responsible Pet Ownership

For many Western Australians, pets are greatly loved family members. In fact, a pet can add much joy and happiness to a household - but they also have important needs and are a big responsibility.

If you’re thinking of bringing a new pet into your home, choose to give an animal a second chance at a happy life and make RSPCA WA your first port of call.  

Our message is adopt don’t shop because, all too often, we see the unhappy result for pets that have been bought as impulse purchases.

Choosing the right pet for your family is important; it takes time, planning and lots of research.

Before you adopt a pet, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I over 18?
  • Am I in a financial position to meet the ongoing costs associated with caring for a pet?
  • Do I have the environment to ensure my pet will be safe and secure at all times?
  • Does my current lifestyle allow me quality time to exercise, play and spend time with my new pet?
  • Am I committed to caring for a pet for its whole life, (which for some pets can be 15 years or more)?


You need to consider very carefully both your needs and the needs of any animal that comes into your life. For example; how much time you have to exercise and train it and how much it may cost, either in food or veterinary bills.

If you do decide you have room for a pet in your life and can provide it with the care and attention it deserves, then pop down to our shelter.  Not only can we can match you with the perfect pet for your family, but all of our animals are desexed, wormed, vaccinated and microchipped.

Please remember that pets are a life-long commitment – a commitment that can last anywhere between 10-20 years!

Thinking of buying a dog? Visit our Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer's Guide for info and advice on avoiding puppy farms. For guidance on buying a feline and being a responsible owner, you can check out our Smart Kitten and Cat Buyer's Guide.

You can also check these great articles from RSPCA's Knowledge Base:

Basic advice for caring for your dog.

Information about caring for cats.

General information about caring for rabbits.

General advice for pet owners.