20 February 2018

Save money and gain a friend for life this weekend at RSPCA

| Lachlan Roberts
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One of the pets up for adoption is Cooper, an Australian Bulldog/Boxer. Photo: Supplied.

Have you always wanted or planned to adopt a pet from the RSPCA? Well, now is your chance to adopt a friend for life at a lower price this Friday and Saturday.

The RSPCA ACT is aiming to ‘Clear the Shelter’ this weekend (23rd and 24th February) with $29 adoption fees for all animals great and small, regardless of age or species.

Kittens, cats, dogs, rabbits and even roosters are all available for adoption this Friday and Saturday at the RSPCA ACT Shelter in Weston Creek and selected Pet Barns across Canberra.

RSPCA ACT Chief Executive Officer Tammy Ven Dange said that ‘Clear the Shelter’ is about finding homes for all animals as quickly as possible.

“The RSPCA Shelters across the country are full, and we’re giving that extra incentive for people looking for a new pet a good reason to adopt this weekend, instead of waiting until later.”

According to RSPCA ACT, research has shown that the cheaper price to adopt one of the pets at RSPCA has no effect on long-term home placement and the welfare of the pets.

“We have monitored adoption promotions carefully, and the evidence shows that there is no higher return rate whatsoever and no negative impacts on the animal’s welfare. The majority of people are already looking at adopting a pet, and this special adoption drive helps them to make that decision to adopt, not shop,” Miss Van Dange said.

While RSPCA ACT has fewer animals in care right now than in previous years, there are still plenty of animals available for adoption. RSPCA ACT warns that there will be no waiting lists for animals on Friday and Saturday and the pets will be adopted on a first come, first serve basis.

Ivy is looking for a good home to take her in. Photo: Supplied.

Normal adoption procedures will still apply across the two days, with one-on-ones with the soon to be adoptive parents, to ensure all the animals go to the right homes for their specific needs.

All animals will come with their usual desexing and microchip, vaccinations, veterinary checks and behavioural procedures.

In 2017, NSW rehomed a record-breaking 753 animals during ‘Clear the Shelter’, which was 90% of animals available for adoption. This year, the campaign has gone national with RSPCA’s first-ever Australia-wide adoption promotion.

Animals available for adoption can be found at www.adoptapet.com.au

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