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A Foxy Fiasco

Check this out, one of our foxes made the paper. Unfortunately the Daily Telegraph failed to contact Sydney Fox Rescue or Masik’s owners for a comment nor were his owners asked permission prior to their photo being published. On that note, this is not a “sniffer fox”, our foxes are all orphaned or injured kits removed from the wild, desexed and rehomed to wildlife parks or private owners. We have no current involvement with customs nor do we intend to in future. All of this could have been revealed with a quick Google of any combination of “fox”, “rescue”, “pet” and “Sydney” by Daily Telegraph.

Masik was found at construction site when he was 5 days old and now lives with his adopted brother Felix in Rose Bay.

This has been another lesson in the importance of researching your facts by Sydney Fox Rescue.

Ps. If you do have media enquiries we're a very personable lot, we don't bite! Provided our committee can review the facts prior to the story going to print, we are more than happy to have chat and introduce you to some of our furry family. Send us an email at
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Sydney Fox Rescue is unique in that we are the only registered Australia Charity who work exclusively with the red fox. We work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome foxes. The majority of the animals we work with are young, orphaned or injured and will eventually be vaccinated, desexed and rehomed with members of the community who have been approved by our adoptions team, installed a secure fox enclosure and undergone a fox ownership training program.

All Sydney Fox Rescue foxes are vaccinated and desexed prior to rehoming. All fox owners are required to undergo fox training and have a secure fox enclosure which will be inspected by a Fox Rescue team member prior to adoption.

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What's different about Sydney Fox Rescue compared to other rescue groups?

  • Has a central shelter where all fox kits go after they are found (currently based in Sydney, New South Wales)
  • Arranges for transport for all fox kits to be brought to our Sydney shelter (with either volunteer drivers or pet transport providers)
  • All foxes are desexed and C3 vaccinated prior to rehoming
  • Foxes under go a behaviour test prior to rehoming to ensure they can live happily and comfortably in a family environment.*
  • People interested in adopting a fox must provide two character references, proof of employment and proof of address prior to adoption as well as a home inspection.
  • An adoption fee of $250-350 applies per fox. This is to cover the cost of desexing, vaccinations, worming and flee treatments, it may also include mange treatment and a course of antibiotics if necessary.
  • Adoption fees may be waved for the right carers in the case of foxes who need special or additional care when adopted.
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Please note that in New South Wales you do not need a license or permit to own a fox (as a category 5 animal) under the the Non-Indigenous Animals Regulation 2012. As foxes are not currently a declared pest under the Local Land Services Act 2013, there is no legal obligation for land managers to control them. Foxes may be kept in captivity, but it is an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 revised 2009 to release them. It may be possible in some rare cases to obtain commercial permits to keep foxes in both Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. Please contact your state government office of National Parks and wildlife for further information regarding this matter.

Click here for copies of and links to further legislative information.

*Less sociable foxes who do not meet behaviour requirements for normal-adoption will stay with a suitable foster carer until an appropriate forever home can be found that understands their special needs. Fox Rescue Sydney understands that not all foxes are suited to life as a house pet and that some foxes may be happiest in an outdoor run with minimal human interaction.