Brisbane and Redlands Area, Queensland


Animal Rescue, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

When Layla met Jeremy, it was love at first sight!

It had been 11 years (without any pets) since our last cat passed away due to a fast growing brain tumour when we decided it was time to get another cat.  I decided that a pet store was not the place to get a kitten, I couldn’t be sure where the kitten came from, what it’s background was or who its parents were.  I turned my focus to pure-breeds and started looking around for Abyssinians, it was then that I stumbled up the Pets Without Partners website and hit Layla’s page.  Well, I was immediatley hooked!   I called Janene and filled out an on-line adoption form.

Janene quickly sent me the details of Layla’s foster carer, Rebecca.  I called Rebecca and visited her a couple of hours later.  I was super nervous but Rebecca was so kind and helpful.  She introduced Layla and I, put Layla on to my lap and she started the loudest purring I’ve heard in a long long time.  While Layla was sitting on my lap, Rebecca filled me in Layla’s personality, she was a little shy, runs from noises and doesn’t like dogs.

I said I’d take her but I needed to get some kitten things first.  Rebecca gave me a list of all the things we needed, the name of a nearby pet store that had good quality produce, and the brands of products she was giving Layla so as to lessen the shock of moving to a new home.  Layla is in excellent condition, micro-chipped, wormed and has the smoothest softest fur and big bright eyes.

Layla has been with us for almost 5 days now, and she is slowly but surely coming out of her shell and well onto her way to ruling the house.  Now she now runs around and plays with her toys instead of hiding under the bed.

The whole experience of getting a pet through Pets Without Partners has been so easy and simple and I would heartily reccomend it to anybody.  Rebecca was so helpful and gave us so much information and tips about caring for Layla, I could not have imagined doing this without her. I still don’t know where Layla came from, who her parents are, but it doesn’t matter now.  We have a new member of the family.

Jeremy Ryan


How Juliet met her Romeo

We first came across Pets Without Partners on Pet Rescue. A couple of months later we found ourselves seeking a new addition to our family.

Selecting a new pet was the hardest task, so sad to see the number of animals in need but the process was made very easy by Pets Without Partners. We dealt with Gail and she truly knew the personality of the kitten we had chosen and her full history. What we found was that we had a perfectly well adjusted cat who was up-to-date with all vaccinations, desexed and microchipped and her paperwork was all in order.

We met little Juliet and discussed her home-to-be with Pets without Partners first, which showed us that the people involved really do love and care for these animals, it not just a “business.” We can’t thank them enough for the good work they do. Thank you Gail and the people you work with you for this happy little cat who is now so much a part of our family.

We highly recommend the Pets Without Partners for your new family member.

Karen Clarke

Beau’s Story

After many, many, months in foster care, just when we thought Beau would never find the love of his life, along came Greg and Penny!

“We had been looking to give a little cat a home, after losing another cat some months earlier. We were told about Pets Without Parters Animal Rescue through a friend who met a member of the group at a business lunch. Upon her recommendations, we looked at ther listings on the Pet Rescue website and made the initial contact, which started the ball rolling.

After providing a short blurb on our situation (our wants and needs) Beau was chosen as being most suitable. Once the group moderator assessed our application, we were approved as being suitable applicants and off we went to the foster home to meet Beau. It was a bit like adopting a child, although we’d never done that!

The meeting was a great success, we both loved him, who couldn’t? We’re certain that this process was to see if we were suitable for him as much as he was for us.

We collected him a few days later. Like excited parents, we drove home with our precious boy.

Beau came to us in first class condition, healthy and up-to-date with all veterinary requirements. He was rather timid (and we were told that he takes a bit to warm up) and have to admit that he spent the majority of the first few days under the bed. Gradually he started to adjust, especially when food was being served up.

Now, what a cuddle bunny! Both Penny and I are wondering how he will change when the weather turns cooler as he is already right at home, cradled up in the arms of his new mother, on the bed. We have never had such an affectionate cat as Beau.

Since moving in, Beau no longer needs to hide under the bed, even when visitors come. He seems to have a genuine liking for children although his real love turns out to be raw chicken necks, which he devours in a very short time. I am sure this accounts for the robust build he has developed since moving in to our home and hearts.

All we can say is that Beau is part of our lives now, in our conversations, thoughts and minds, throughout the day, and a part of our family that we hold so dear.”

Greg & Penny Matthies


This year we lost our two beloved 18 year old cats.

In January Jasmine passed away.  The love-of-my-life-cat.  After about six weeks we adopted Max the 13 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  We had never had a dog and had been promising the kids for years that we would “one day” have one.  Max had never met cats and we very carefully introduced him to Chloe our last 18 yr old cat.
He just sniffed her, didn’t rush or bark at her, he was very gentle.  What a champ!  Not too long after we were looking at all the pet rescue sites on the internet and found Stella the kitten.  She was the same breed as Jasmine.  I rang my husband and told him about her and he said “get her.”  Stella and Max are “in love.”  In fact for this kitten and dog it was love at first sight.  Stella was also very gentle with Chloe and again Chloe couldn’t care less about the new arrival.  After a couple of weeks, back on the rescue sites again we found Ruby. She looked identical to Jasmine (love-of-my-life).  I rang and spoke to her foster mum and she suggested that I come and visit her.  My husband said “yeah right, you better take the cat cage – as if she isn’t coming home with you”.  Once again, we were very careful with interactions with Chloe as we didn’t want to upset her.  She really didn’t mind.  After a couple of weeks our lovely Chloe
faded away to less than 2kgs and passed away.

So we had 3 new fur kids.  Max – who slept on his bed, on the floor at the end of my bed.  Stella who slept with my son and Ruby who decided she belonged to my eldest daughter and slept with her.  All 3 fur kids loved each other and everything was lovely.  Except Annabel my 9 year old, had no one “special.”   Annabel has a way with animals.  They just love her and she loves them.  All kinds of animals.  During the day the 3 fur kids couldn’t get enough of her but at night they went to their spot.  Annabel wasn’t having any of this.  She wanted her “own” kitten.

Back onto the rescue sites she went, looking at lots of kittens and older cats.  She found a little female kitten who she liked the sound and look of.  She begged me to send a message to her foster mum.  The lovely lady who was fostering this kitten asked me what sort of kitten Annabel  was looking for.  She wanted an “in-your-face /sleep-in-your-bed” kitten.  She said that
she had a beautiful little male kitten that fitted this description perfectly.  He was a tiny little boy who was a real smoocher.  The foster mum sent us text messages with photos of him.
Annabel thought he was perfect.

We arranged a meet/cuddle.  I told my husband that Annabel had arranged to meet “her own” kitten.  Again … “take the cat cage!”

Off we went to meet the new kitten.  Annabel was extremely excited.  He was very affectionate and wanted a cuddle and a play.  He was very tiny.  There was no way that we wouldn’t want this kitten to come home with us.  After all the text messages back and forth about this little boy and what he was like and a video of him and listening to him purr we knew there was something extremely special about him.  He had been abandoned at a vet practice with his brother and sister at only a couple of days of age.  His brother didn’t survive.

Annabel was in love.  We felt sad taking him away from his foster mum.  She was really attached to him and took wonderful care of him.

He was renamed Theo.  We sent lots of photos and progress reports of Theo and his new family.  He loves his sister kittens and his brother dog and they love him.  He curls up with
all of them.  Most importantly he LOVES Annabel.  Theo and Annabel are inseparable.  He actually cries when she comes home from school and comes running in to see him.  He rubs himself all over her and actually drools he is so excited.  It is really funny to watch.  He follows her around and plays with her constantly.  Best of all – he sleeps in her bed!

Theo is the most wonderful boy.  He is nearly 5 months old and quite big now.  He LOVES food.  He has his favourite play toys – Coles bags tied in a knot to look like a bird are the best. He steals them and hides them in his special spot.  Everyone who meets him thinks he is gorgeous.  We absolutely adore him.

Thank you Stacey and Pets
Without Partners for our beautiful Theo.

Megan at The Gap.