RSPCA Victoria is planning to ‘‘Clear the Shelter’’ this weekend with a $29 adoption fee for all animals for three days.
About 1000 dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits will be available for the significantly reduced adoption price at all seven RSPCA Victoria animal care centres and participating Petbarn stores, from Friday, February 23, to Sunday, February 25.
RSPCA Victoria chief executive officer Liz Walker said the aim of the statewide adoption promotion was to move more animals into new forever homes.
‘‘This promotion is all about finding homes for the animals currently in our care, and providing that extra incentive to people looking for a new pet to consider adoption,’’ Dr Walker said.
‘‘We monitor adoption promotions carefully and have found that the price someone pays to acquire an animal has no impact on return rates and no negative impact on the animal’s welfare. All available research confirms this.
‘‘RSPCA Victoria does not put a number on how long an animal is in our care — in fact, we have some animals available for adoption who have been with us for almost a year.
‘‘However, we believe that pets belong in homes, not in shelters.
‘‘The $29 fee is nowhere near what it costs to prepare an animal for adoption, but if we can get hundreds of pets into permanent homes then that’s a really worthwhile investment.’’
The usual adoption procedures will apply during the Clear the Shelter promotion to ensure each animal is matched to the right family.
All adoption animals are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, health and behaviour checked.
●For more information, visit rscpavic.org/adoption.