Frequently Asked Questions

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About Tiki

Tiki has 2 “sanctuaries”, one on the Central Coast and one in the Hunter in NSW. Our foster carers are  located on the Central Coast, Newcastle or the Hunter

BSB: 650 000

Account Name: Tiki Animal Rescue

Account Number: 518516204

Tiki does not have a shelter. All dogs are living in private homes with their carers.


We do not have a shelter. All our dogs currently available for adoption can be seen on our Adopt page

There is an Apply button on each dog’s profile page. You can also access the application form here.

Adoption fees can be found on each dogs profile.

Adoption fees for pups include microchip, first 2 vaccinations and desexing. For older dogs, any vet work needed while in care. 

Payment is accepted by bank transfer or cash.

All of our carers have jobs and other life commitments outside of rescue but as a general rule, if unsuitable for the dog you have applied for, you will be contacted within 24 hours. If suitable for the dog you applied for, you will be contacted generally within 2 days.

No, your application being approved is only the first step in the process of adoption.

No this is not possible. When deciding to adopt, you need to be committed to being home to settle the dog into your home and your life.

Yes you can fill in an application here and we will contact you if we have any dogs in care that may be suitable to you, your family and lifestyle. 


Fostering is important because it helps reduce overcrowding in pounds and makes space for another dog to be saved. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home, where they receive love, their true personality can develop and they can work through any fears they may have. We can only take on a dog if we know we have a carer to foster them. The pound is a very stressful environment to most dogs and they may face a very uncertain future without a carer available.

This completely depends on the dog, what age they are, where they have come from, or what they have been through. With dogs over 16 weeks that are fully vaccinated, you will need to have time for walks, training, socialising, playtime and cuddles. With puppies under 16 weeks, there is no walking but you will need to begin training, have more time for supervising, playtime and lots of cuddles. Young pups are only suited to people that are home more often, than not. All carers will need to be able to take your foster to any vet appointment and occasionally to any events that we attend.

Tiki covers all vet costs, worming and food. We have crates and pens that carers can access and some other accessories but a lot of carers often like to purchase bedding, bowls, toys themselves.

Each dog is different. They could be with you for a few weeks, or it could be many months. A dog that may be malnourished or has some behavioural issues, will always take longer than a healthy, well adjusted dog.

If you fall in love and want to keep your foster, you can make it official and adopt your foster. In the rescue world, this is known as a “foster fail”. There are many carers that have adopted their foster.

You will need to consider your family, lifestyle and any pets you may own and our rescue will work with you to carefully choose your foster, because there is generally no carers free to take them from you and all carers have different requirements. Of course, if there is a major issue, we will work to resolve this. No dog will ever be returned to a pound.

Yes you can but it is very rare for Tiki to take on small breeds. Due to the pounds we work with, it is more likely the dogs will be medium to large size. You will find that most rescues are the same unless it’s a breed specific rescue. We need our carers to be flexible sometimes when choosing a dog.

Yes you can but the process is very different to caring for older dogs. If a litter comes in, we will not separate them until they turn 10 weeks of age. If you were more interested in puppies under 10 weeks, you can’t be working, as they need constant monitoring. It’s not as simple as just feeding a puppy a bottle either. Most people are under the impression that raising puppies would be fun, which at times it is but often it can be the hardest job in rescue. To begin with, you will be mentored by one of our very experienced puppy carers.

Usually one at a time until you gain experience, or you can remain only taking 1. If you are caring for pups under 10 weeks, we do not split them into pairs and send to different carers. You must be prepared to take on a litter. Sometimes that may only be 3 puppies but other times it could be 8. We have had a carer with 11 before, so that needs to be carefully considered before becoming a puppy carer.

Yes of course, as long as they are social and accepting of other dogs. It is extremely important to choose a foster that will fit in with your pets. You should make sure you are able to separate your pets from your foster if there are issues, this can often be needed if you own cats. While your cat may be ok with dogs, your foster may not be so good with cats. Unfortunately we often aren’t able to find out what dogs are like with cats, which is why it is important that you are able to separate them if necessary.

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