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RSPCA Announces Free Cat Adoptions For June

A worrying spike in the number of abandoned cats has forced the organisation to take unprecedented action.

The RSPCA South Australia has launched its first free adoption drive, to combat the rise in abandoned animals being cared for at shelters.

All cats aged six months and older can be adopted at no cost, while kittens are available for $99 (nearly half price).

Head of Animal Operations Tim Charles says the organisation is struggling to cope with the nearly 500 cats in its care across SA shelters.

Will Karl become the newest member of your family? Photo: RSPCA SA

"We generally sit around 300 cats," he told 10 News First.

"So with 497, you can imagine the strain on our resources, and unfortunately they just still keep coming in."

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Following on from successful free adoption campaigns interstate, the SA branch hopes to re-home at least of the animals in its care by the end of the month.

"You can buy a cat for up to $3,000 or you can get a cat here, fully desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped, and we'll match that cat to the right person," said Charles.

"If it's an active cat you want, we've got an active cat, if it's a quiet lap cat then we've got quite lap cats."

Pablo doesn't leap into relationships paws first but give him some time and he'll be a lap cat in no time! Photo: RSPCA SA

He also wants people to know that no matter how many animals RSPCA look after, it will never euthanise a healthy pet.

READ MORE: The RSPCA Saves 200 Neglected Guinea Pigs

The "end-of-furnancial" year promotion runs until the end of June.

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