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Complete Guide to Buying or Adopting a Pet

Getting a new pet

Envision the joy of a wagging tail at the door, a comforting purr on a quiet evening, or delightful chirping to brighten your morning. Welcoming a pet into your life is an adventure in companionship, unceasing amusement, and unconditional love. Be it a bounding puppy, an adorable cat, a colourful bird, or a charming reptile, each animal has its own unique qualities, bringing a wealth of positivity to our homes. The bond we form with these endearing creatures enhances our lives, instilling in us empathy, demonstrating the worth of commitment, and providing a consistent wellspring of joy.

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Dogs & Puppies

Dogs & Puppies

From the exuberance of a new puppy to the loyal companionship of a fully grown four-legged companion, the joy and love that these furry friends bring us is unparalleled. Be it the perky playfulness of a Poodle or the golden heart of a Labrador, there’s a breed for every personality, every loving home, and every heart out there. 

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Cats and Kittens for sale

Cats & Kittens

In the world of cats, every breed has a story to tell, every kitten has a personality to explore, and every feline companion brings a unique charm to your home. Be it the independent beauty of a mature cat or the irresistible cuteness of kittens, there’s a breed for every household and heart ready to purr with joy. Whether you’re enamoured

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Rabbits

Rabbits

Enchanting and endlessly charming, rabbits are some of the most delightful creatures to grace our lives. These bundles of fur offer endless delight with their playful antics, varied personalities, and soft cuddles. Whether you’re a seasoned pet lover or new to the world of animals, Gumtree Marketplace offers a wide array 

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Horses & Ponies for sale

Horses & Ponies

From the enchanting sight of a frolicking foal to the devoted friendship of a fully grown horse, the joy and love these majestic creatures bring is like no other. Whether it’s the graceful precision of a dressage breed like the Hanoverian, the athletic versatility of an eventing breed like the Australian Stock Horse, or the steadfast

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Birds

Birds

Step into the captivating world of avian companionship, a realm where melody meets colour, intellect meets charm, and companionship takes flight. Whether you’re a fan of charismatic parrots or charming canaries, there’s a feathery companion for every avian enthusiast here at Gumtree. Our wide-ranging selection of pet birds 

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Fish

Fish

From the lively darting of a guppy to the serene beauty of tropical fish, the world of aquarium fish offers an unparalleled journey of discovery and joy. Whether you’re an avid aquarist or just dipping your toes into this fascinating underwater realm, Gumtree’s range of live fish for sale provides an enchanting array of fresh

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Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptiles & Amphibians

From the awe-inspiring sight of a vibrant chameleon to the soothing rhythm of a dart frog’s call, the world of reptiles and amphibians offers an unparalleled journey of discovery and joy. Whether it’s the allure of unique snake types, the fascinating world of turtles, or the colourful spectrum of amphibians, there’s a species for 

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Livestock

Livestock

Welcoming the clattering hooves and gentle lowing of livestock into your rural life can be a rewarding venture, both financially and in the cultivation of your land. From the lush pastures of New South Wales to the diverse regions of our vast country, the vibrant livestock industry provides a robust avenue for commerce 

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Other pets

Other pets

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Dogs & Puppies near me

Male toy Cavoodle

$2,500

Male Toy Cavoodle
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Dachshund puppies

$1,200

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PEDIGREE PUREBRED BLUE STAFFY

$3,500

Pedigree Purebred Blue Staffy
Portland, NSW
Golden Retriever Puppies

$3,000

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Cats & Kittens near me

British shorthair

$2,500

British Shorthair
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Exotic Shorthair Kittens (Purebred) females

$3,000

Exotic Shorthair Kittens (Purebred) Females
Point Cook, VIC
Male Cat 6mths old

$150

Male Cat 6mths Old
East Gosford, NSW
Ragdolls

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Ragdolls
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2m Chicken Coop Hen house

$218

2M Chicken Coop Hen House
Cleveland, QLD
Pet Blower Dryer

$200

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Croudace Bay, NSW
Snooza Pet Bed - Medium

$80

Snooza Pet Bed - Medium
Ultimo, NSW
4 foot fish and reptile tank

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4 Foot Fish And Reptile Tank
Cleveland, QLD

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Dog walkers

Dog walkers

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Doggy daycare

Doggy daycare

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Pet sitting

Pet sitting

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Dog training

Dog training

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Pet

While the idea of pet adoption warms our hearts, there are practical considerations to make before expanding your family with a furry, scaly, or feathery friend. You need to weigh up factors such as the time commitment, having a suitable habitat, the implications of youthful family members, potential allergies, and vet bills. No pet is a small commitment—from a lively dog to a tiny fish, each requires a measure of attention, care, health monitoring, and affection. But, as any pet owner will tell you, the rewards far outweigh these considerations. By investing time in understanding the needs of your pet, you’re setting up a rewarding relationship for both of you.

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Why Buy a Pet on Gumtree?

Embark on your pet-buying journey with us at Gumtree Marketplace. We take pride in offering one of Australia’s largest selections of dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, horses, fish, rabbits, and livestock. On Gumtree, you can browse all the essential information about your potential new friend such as age, vaccination history, and more. Easily find the companion you’re looking for by tailoring your search by size, age, price, documentation status, and more. Whether you’re seeking a rescue animal in search of a second chance or a specific breed from a registered breeder, Gumtree is the ideal platform for you.

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FAQs About Getting a Pet

The popularity of pets can vary, but traditionally dogs and cats tend to lead in popularity due to their social nature and long history with humans. However, small birds, rabbits, and fish are also popular for their relative ease of care and space efficiency.
Choosing the right pet involves considering your living situation, your family’s lifestyle, and the amount of time you can dedicate. Larger animals like dogs may require more space and exercise, while a cat or a fish may be more suited to a quieter, indoor lifestyle.
People with allergies may consider hypoallergenic pets. Certain dog and cat breeds are known for being hypoallergenic. Additionally, reptiles, fish, and birds can also be great choices as they don’t have fur to distribute allergens.
The lifespan of pets varies widely. While most common dog breeds live between 10–15 years, a cat may live up to 15–20 years. Birds, especially parrots, can live for several decades. Smaller pets, such as hamsters and guinea pigs, generally live for 5–8 years.
Yes, multiple pets can coexist in the same household, although it often requires careful introduction and monitoring to ensure they get along. Some animals naturally live in groups, while others may prefer solitary lives.
It depends on the type of pet. Dogs, especially puppies, require more attention and can’t be left alone for long periods. Cats are more independent and can manage with fewer interactions during the day. However, various pet services can help manage your pet’s needs when you’re away, such as pet sitters or dog walkers.
Australia has strict regulations on exotic pet ownership to protect local biodiversity. Some reptiles and birds can be kept as pets, but it’s crucial to research the legal requirements before buying a pet.
Governed by specific state and territory regulations under animal welfare Acts, Australian laws uniformly protect animals from both physical and mental harm. Numerous jurisdictions also mandate a duty of care that pet owners must uphold. This duty encompasses:

  • the provision of suitable food, water, and living conditions 
  • preventing or mitigating any harm
  • ensuring natural behaviour expression
  • handling in a species-appropriate manner.

This extends to anyone in charge of an animal, such as a legal owner, a custodian, or a breeder. Failing to provide such care or abandoning an animal is considered a serious offence. Thus, all prospective pet owners should be fully aware of these requirements, ensuring your readiness to provide the necessary care and respect that your new companion deserves.
Choosing the best pet for kids depends on the child’s age, responsibility level, and the family’s lifestyle. Dogs and cats are classic choices, while small birds, guinea pigs, or rabbits can also be great pets for children, teaching them responsibility and empathy.
Ease of ownership varies greatly depending on your lifestyle and resources. Small birds, fish, and reptiles often require less space and can be easier for beginners.
Pet accessories, ranging from food and toys to habitats and grooming items, can be found right here on Gumtree. You can explore a vast range of pet accessories to ensure your new pet has everything it needs to be comfortable and happy.
Adopting a pet generally involves an application process where the rescue or shelter ensures a good match between the pet and the prospective owner. This process might include interviews, home checks, and providing references. The aim is to give each animal a loving, suitable home where they can thrive. Gumtree provides listings from various rescue and shelter groups to make your pet adoption process seamless.
Discovering pets within your local area on Gumtree is a seamless process. In the search bar, key in the type of pet you are interested in, and then specify your current suburb. You’ll have the opportunity to set your preferred distance from your location, helping you identify nearby listings. Whether you want to adopt a pet or explore pets for sale, Gumtree is your ideal platform for finding a variety of pets waiting for their forever home, all within your local area.