Monday, November 4, 2013

Fires fill up RSPCA Hunter Shelter with stray and lost animals
Geo is one of the many animals looking for a home.

RSPCA NSW’s Hunter Shelter is calling on residents of the Hunter who may be looking for a new pet to consider adopting this weekend. This comes as a result of a recent influx of animals that have come into the RSPCA’s care following the bushfires and severe storms that have swept the region.

“We’ve literally encountered a perfect storm here in the Hunter,” said Brendon Neilly, Executive Manager of Animal Care Services. “We have 84 animals currently looking for new homes ― some of these as a result of the fires and the recent storms,” Neilly added.

RSPCA NSW is also encouraging Hunter pet owners that may have lost an animal during the recent fires to check with the Hunter Shelter, as it provides stray animal services to Maitland, Cessnock, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils.

“We’ve been working with many of the local rescue groups to relieve some of the stress on the Shelter, but we still have many wonderful animals here that are seeking new homes,” Neilly concluded.

The Hunter Shelter recently surpassed an adoption milestone, breaking its all-time record for the most number of adoptions in a calendar year with 1225 animals adopted so far in 2013.

Those who can’t adopt an animal can still support RSPCA NSW’s bushfire appeal by visiting the bushfire appeals page.

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