Wanneroo animal care centre opens online adoption applications

Animal care officer Chelsey with dogs in the Wanneroo Animal Care Centre.
Animal care officer Chelsey with dogs in the Wanneroo Animal Care Centre.

AN online request system could make reuniting lost dogs with their owners or adopting unclaimed dogs easier.

The City of Wanneroo has added an ‘I believe this is my dog’ button to its website for dogs taken to the animal care centre in Ashby to simplify the process to reclaim dogs.

While people have been able to adopt unclaimed dogs from the centre for many years, the initial application can now be made online, making the process simpler.

A dog becomes available for adoption if it is unclaimed for seven days and meets temperament tests.

Community and place director Debbie Terelinck said staff in the animal care centre cared about each dog as if they were their own, so every effort was made to ensure dogs were placed in the most suitable home.

“Filling out an online dog adoption request form is more of an expression of interest,” Ms Terelinck said.

“It gets people to think about what they want from a dog, and gives our staff the information they need about a potential owner and their home.

“After each application is assessed, suitable applicants will be contacted to arrange an appointment time to meet and greet the dog.”

For more information, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/animals.