The RSPCA Is Offering $29 Adoptions Across The Country This Weekend
If you've been tossing up welcoming a four-legged friend into your home, this weekend is the perfect time to take the leap.
On Friday, the RSPCA is launching its 'Clear the Shelters' operation across the country, to find as many shelter animals their fur-ever homes.
Over three days, adoption fees will be drastically reduced to $29. All animals will already have been desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, and will have undergone the required vet checks.
The RSCPA said normal adoption procedures, including one-on-one meetings with prospective adoptive parents and fur-siblings, will still apply.
Last year, the RSPCA said 2,654 animals -- or 90 percent of those in its care --were adopted over the three-day weekend.
This year, there are more than 700 animals available in NSW alone, including puppies, dogs, kittens and cats along with bunnies, guinea pigs, ducks and chickens.
Even Charlie the Miniature Horse, Sheepy the sheep and Kevin the Great Dane -- who missed out last year -- are looking for their fur-ever homes.
“This weekend we want people looking for a new family member to consider adopting, not shopping, for their newest family member,” RSPCA NSW's Ashley Stephenson said.
The RSPCA cited research claiming to show that reduced adoption prices have no negative effect on the welfare of the animals.
"The long-term success of adoptions is not influenced by the cost of acquiring the animal and there is no negative effect on their welfare," it said.
The RSPCA has run 'Clear The Shelters' since 2016. It said research conducted by its NSW branch six months on from one operation supported these findings.
But Stephenson cautioned the reduced adoption fees do not come close to covering the long-term cost of treating and caring for an animal.