Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hunter Shelter to go 'FEE-FREE' this friday
Rosie is one of the many animals looking for their furever home
This Friday, RSPCA NSW Hunter Shelter in Rutherford will hold a ‘Fee-Free Friday.’ The day will offer free health checks and vaccinations for puppies and dogs of Hunter residents that hold a valid pension or concession card. The day will also be open to all of RSPCA NSW’s partner rescue groups in the Hunter who would like to take advantage of free vaccinations.

Residents of the Hunter who are looking for their next fur-baby are also encouraged to visit the shelter and take advantage of half-price adoption rates on all adoption dogs until Sunday afternoon and new ‘purr’manently reduced cat adoption prices.

‘Fee Free Friday’ continues RSPCA NSW’s work in the Hunter region to combat parvovirus, which is at epidemic levels in and around the area. Virbac Disease Watchdog reports the current outbreak of parvovirus in NSW to be the worst in ten years.

“Recent heavy rainfall in the Hunter region, coupled with the early onset of summer conditions, has created a perfect environment for the activation of the virus,” said Dr Magdoline Awad, Chief Veterinarian, RSPCA NSW. “The virus can live in the environment for up to a year and the only way that it can be prevented is through vaccination,” Awad added.

Residents of the Hunter who would like to have their puppies and dogs vaccinated are encouraged to visit RSPCA NSW’s Hunter Shelter this Friday 22 November between 10am and 3pm. Each vaccination includes a free health check and other freebies such as dog treats, flea control and toys.

Executive Manager of Animal Care Services, Brendon Neilly has also extended the invitation to all of RSPCA NSW’s Hunter rescue partners, “We will be inviting our partner rescue groups in the Hunter to come to the Rutherford facility on Friday to take advantage of this free vaccination service.”

RSPCA NSW recently formalised its relationships with several animal rescue groups in the Hunter in an effort to increase the amount of animals that are rehomed in the region.

RSPCA NSW will also have its ‘Snaggin Waggin’ on site providing a free BBQ lunch to all who visit the Hunter Shelter in Rutherford on Friday.
  • WHAT: Fee-Free Friday
  • WHERE: RSPCA NSW Hunter Shelter 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford
  • DATE: Friday 22 November, 2013
  • TIME: 10am - 3pm

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