Adopt a pet

Dog on beach

Looking to adopt an animal but not sure what the process is?

The adoption process looks a little different for each animal and depends on the animal's current status.

The steps that follow will give you a snapshot of what the adoption process looks like after you have found a pet you would like to add to your family.

Animal is already microchipped, registered and de-sexed

  1. Contact Kempsey Shire Council at 02 6566 3200 and quote the impound number for the animal you are interested in adopting.
  2. Customer Service will then create a Customer Request, which will be forwarded to the impounding officer at the Kempsey Pound.
  3. The impounding officer will contact you to discuss the details of the animal and the adoption process as well as any fees that may be required. There is no fee if the animal is already microchipped and registered.
  4. The impounding officer will make arrangements with you if you would like to meet the animal first to get to know their temperament. This stage may take a couple of days if the animal is with a foster carer.
  5. If you decide to adopt the animal, you will need to go to the Customer Service Centre at Kempsey Shire Council to complete the required change of ownership forms.
  6. The impounding officer will work with you to arrange a time for collection of the animal from the Kempsey Pound. The impounding officer can also drop the animal off to you directly.

Animal is microchipped but not registered and not de-sexed

  1. Contact Kempsey Shire Council at 02 6566 3200 and quote the impound number for the animal you are interested in adopting.
  2. Customer Service will then create a Customer Request, which will be forwarded to the impounding officer at the Kempsey Pound.
  3. The impounding officer will contact you to discuss the details of the animal and the adoption process as well as the registration fee that will be required.
  4. The impounding officer will make arrangements with you if you would like to meet the animal first to get to know their temperament. This stage may take a couple of days if the animal is with a foster carer.
  5. If you would not like to have your animal de-sexed, please follow steps 5 and 6 above. You will be required to complete registration forms and pay the higher fee for registration of an intact animal.
  6. If you would like to have the animal de-sexed for a discounted registration fee, you will need to contact your preferred veterinary clinic in Kempsey and make an appointment.
  7. On the date of the appointment, the impounding officer will drop the animal off at the clinic for you.
  8. Before you pick up your new pet from the vet, you will need to visit the Customer Service Centre at Kempsey Shire Council to complete the required paperwork and pay the registration fee.
  9. Following the veterinary procedure, you will collect your new pet from the clinic.
  10. You will then need to return to the Customer Service Centre at Kempsey Shire Council to show the de-sexing certificate to finalise the registration process.

Animal is not microchipped, not registered and not de-sexed

  1. Contact Kempsey Shire Council at 02 6566 3200 and quote the impound number for the animal you are interested in adopting.
  2. Customer Service will then create a Customer Request, which will be forwarded to the impounding officer at the Kempsey Pound.
  3. The impounding officer will contact you to discuss the details of the animal and the adoption process as well as the fees that will be required.
  4. The impounding officer will make arrangements with you if you would like to meet the animal first to get to know their temperament. This stage may take a couple of days if the animal is with a foster carer.
  5. If you would not like to have your animal de-sexed, you will be required to complete registration forms and pay the associated fee for the registration and microchipping of an intact animal.
  6. If you would like to have the animal de-sexed for a discounted registration fee, you will need to contact your preferred veterinary clinic in Kempsey and make an appointment for de-sexing and microchipping.
  7. You must have your new pet microchipped before adoption. If you have decided not to de-sex your animal, you will still need to contact your preferred veterinary clinic in Kempsey and make an appointment.
  8. On the date of the veterinary appointment, the impounding officer will drop the animal off at the clinic for you.
  9. Before you pick up your new pet from the vet, you will need to visit the Customer Service Centre at Kempsey Shire Council to complete the required paperwork and pay the registration fee.
  10. Following the veterinary procedure(s), you will collect your new pet from the clinic.
  11. You then need to return to the Customer Service Centre at Kempsey Shire Council to show the de-sexing and microchip certificates to finalise the registration process.

Under all of the above circumstances, it is important to note that anyone adopting a pet must go to the Customer Service Centre at Kempsey Shire Council to complete paperwork and pay any associated fees before collecting their new pet.

This adoption process has been put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of these animals.

We are here for you throughout the process and can support you through our Customer Service team.

Timeline

The timeline for the adoption process varies. It depends on whether the animal is currently with a foster carer and what you would like to do: meet the animal first or arrange de-sexing, depending on veterinary clinic appointment availability. 

Fostering

Kempsey Shire Council works closely with the Friends of Kempsey Pound to coordinate the best temporary care and fostering arrangements for animals in our pound. 

Friends of Kempsey Pound is a registered charity working to support local domestic animals and their owners. You can find more information about them through their Facebook page.