Frequently Asked Questions

Adoption fees

The adoption fee helps the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre to cover a small part of the cost to make sure each animal is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, health and behaviour checked to ensure it's ready to start a new and happy life.

Dogs
Senior Dog (7 years +) $100
Dog (6 months - 7 years) $380
Pup (up to 6months) $420
Cats
Senior Cats (7 years +) $50
Adult Cat (6 months - 7 years) $120
Kittens (up to 6 months) $170
Microchipping fees

The fees for having your pet microchipped are listed below.

All
Impound Animal $40
Private Animal $40
Reclaim fees

The fees for reclaiming your pet are listed below. Depending on the length of stay, pets may also incur an additional $50 vaccination fee

Dogs
1st day $30
Days 2-4 $100
Days 5-8 $150
Cats
1st day $20
Days 2-4 $80
Days 5-8 $120
Surrendering your pet

We understand that sometimes situations occur or life circumstances change and you may find you can no longer take care of your pet. BARC is able to accept surrenders from residents of the City of Greater Bendigo. At times we may be able to accept surrendered animals from other municipalities. BARC also offers an “at home quarantine period” which can reduce the length of stay at BARC for your surrendered pet, assisting them to find a new home quicker.

Please call to book a time to meet with one of our staff if surrendering your pet, so that we can gather as much information as possible to help place them into a new home.

Dogs
City of Greater Bendigo (Optional payment to assist with operational costs) $40
Other Municipalities (Required payment) $70
Cats
City of Greater Bendigo (Optional payment to assist with operational costs) $20
Other Municipalities (Required payment) $50
Pet Exchange Register

From 1 July 2019, everyone who advertises a puppy, kitten, dog or cat for sale or give away in Victoria will need a source number from the Pet Exchange Register.

The BARC Pet Exchange Register source number is BR101544

Discounted Cat Desexing

BARC and the City of Greater Bendigo have joined forces with the National Desexing Network to provide discount cat desexing to eligible residents of Bendigo. Cats should be desexed from 2-3 months of age as they can become pregnant from just 4 months of age.

To see if you are eligible for the discount, please contact the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992. (Please note BARC does not provide veterinary services and cannot assist with booking a cat for desexing).

Cats
Male $55
Female $65
Additional female cast $50
Volunteering

The Bendigo Animal Relief Centre is always on the lookout for caring and loving people to be a part of our family through volunteering or practical student placement. Learn more.

Foster Carer

BARC is currently seeking applications from homes who are willing to foster animals. Fostering involves taking an animal into your home and caring for it just as you would your own, while they undergo required health or behavioural care to prepare them for adoption. You can download the Foster Carer Application form here. If successful, you will be required to sign the Foster Care Agreement which details the conditions of Foster Care. You can read the Foster Care Agreement here.