Give a ex lab animal a new forever home out of their cage

Below, you'll find CCF's recommendations in Victoria for animal shelters that rescue and rehabilitate animals that are used in cosmetics animal testing including rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and rats.



Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for beagles as well as any other animal used in laboratory research.

In Australia it is estimated that over 7,600 dogs were used in research facilities across 4 states including VIC, NSW, WA & TAS in 2015 alone (with the other states statistics unavailable).* Beagles are generally the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly and trusting, temperaments. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed.

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome!


The purpose of Beagle Freedom Australia is to find the perfect forever home for all the animals in our care. To achieve this, it is necessary to have a set of procedures and policies in place to ensure that the dogs welfare is always the number one priority. Every individual is different and so every case has to be individually assessed. Beagles are not for everyone, so we encourage anyone who is considering adopting a beagle to read up on the breed first and to be sure that a beagle is the right fit for what they are looking for in a family pet.

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Victoria's FIRST and ONLY No Kill Rabbit Rescue and The Official Chapter of the House Rabbit Society Australia.

Rabbits come to Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage as ‘overflows’ from other animal shelters, council pounds, private rescues and vet clinics throughout Victoria. Rabbits also come to the orphanage as a result of being dumped, neglected, or rescued through the orphanage’s rescue service.


Is a rabbit the right pet for you?

When we consider the addition of a pet to our family, we need to consider if this animal is suited to our current lifestyle. 

  1. Can you keep the rabbit as a INDOOR house pet?

  2. Are there predator animals in the home that can be managed around the rabbit?

  3. Are there young children under 8 yrs that can be managed around the rabbit?

  4. Have you considered the financial cost of vet care?

  5. Can you COMMIT to caring for this animal for the next 10 to 12 years?

If you can answer "yes" to these 5 important questions,  then you may be able to provide an appropriate home for a bunny. 

Adopt here.




The Australian Rat Fanciers Society (AusRFS) is based in Melbourne

and is a club for owners of domesticated pet rats (Rattus norvegicus).

Rats are the complete opposite to what most people think.

People are often surprised to learn that pet rats are sweet

natured, gentle, affectionate, clean, social, curious, playful,

happy and smart.


They make exceptional little pets, providing a similar level of companionship

as a dog. In fact they are often referred to as ‘Pocket Dogs’.

Adopting from the AusRFS Rescue Service

All rats are adopted directly from the AusRFS, never via a third party. New owners complete an adoption agreement and receive full care information and ongoing support. The small adoption fee goes back to fund future rescues. 

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Feeding Guinea Pig


Australia's Cavy Sanctuary is a not-for-profit assemblage of privately funded shelters that rescue, rehabilitate and rehome guinea pigs in Australia, (currently in Melbourne and Sydney).

Guinea Pigs are not a suitable pet for small children and require specialized care. Guinea Pigs are a gentle and loving pet. Once you have earned their trust, nothing is better than cuddling and getting to know the individual personality of your pig. Australia's Cavy Sanctuary offers an extensive guide to caring for guinea pigs and making them a part of your family.

Adopt here.