Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No room at the Inn. RSPCA's three wishes this christmas as shelters near capacity

This weekend all RSPCA NSW shelters and Care Centres around the state will reduce the adoption price for ALL animals by 50 percent in an attempt to find new homes for as many animals as possible before Christmas. The reduction is in response to a significant pre-Christmas influx of animals that is already putting a strain on RSPCA NSW resources.

An additional 4,000 animals arrive at RSPCA NSW shelters over the Christmas and New Year period. Many of these animals have been part of the family for years and — through no fault of their own — are surrendered because the owners are going on holidays or no longer want them around.

As a result of this influx, RSPCA NSW has three simple Christmas wishes this year:
  1. Adopt — come in to one our shelters or Care Centres and adopt one of the many animals we have waiting to find their fur-ever homes before Christmas
  2. Donate — visit and make a donation to the RSPCA’s annual Christmas appeal. You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf
  3. Fosterbecome an RSPCA NSW foster carer and temporarily take care of some of our youngest and most vulnerable animals until they are old enough to find new homes
RSPCA NSW is already experiencing a significant increase in the amount of kittens being brought into shelters with the onset of cat breeding season due to the warmer weather and urgently needs additional foster carers.

“Along with the increase in surrenders that happen over this period, we are currently also in the middle of cat breeding season, which causes even more strain on our busy shelters,” said Brendon Neilly, Executive Manager, Animal Care Services, RSPCA NSW.

“We have already experienced a 306% jump in incoming kittens between September and October and the numbers continue to rise as the weather gets warmer,” Neilly added.

The 50 percent discount on adoption animals is valid this Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December 2013 at all RSPCA NSW shelters and Care Centres around the state. To find your nearest shelter or Care Centre visit: Animals will also be available for adoption through select Petbarn stores around NSW.

Donations to RSPCA NSW’s Guardian Angel Christmas appeal can be made at:

To find out more about become an RSPCA NSW foster carer, visit:

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