RSPCA Victoria is holding an End of Fur-nancial year Run Out, removing the adoption fee on all makes and models of adult cats.
The tongue-in-cheek cat fee-waiver campaign comes with some serious messaging to encourage Victorians to desex their pets.
Each person who adopts a cat during the four-day promotion, from Thursday June 14 to Sunday June 17, will also receive a discounted RSPCA Victoria desexing voucher to pass on to a family member or friend.
RSPCA Victoria Animal Care Manager Liz Walker said the animal welfare charity is hoping to bring a renewed awareness of the need for pet owners to desex their animals.
“In the past six months alone, RSPCA Victoria has cared for more than 5,500 cats,” Ms Walker said.
“The majority of those come in as strays or unplanned litters of kittens.
“This is a cycle we see repeated year after year, and one that places an unnecessary burden on both the animal shelters and the public that care for them.
“That’s why we’re providing new cat owners a 20% discount desexing voucher that they can pass on to someone they know to encourage responsible pet ownership.”
Ms Walker said RSPCA Victoria invested a lot of time and money in caring for cats and kittens - from vaccinations and desexing to foster care - before they are ready for adoption.
“A cat fee waiver means that RSPCA Victoria does not recover the cost of the care provided, however it is important to us to get these animals into loving homes.”
RSPCA Victoria currently has more than 1,000 cats in its care, with around 400 available for adoption during the cat fee waiver promotion.
The fee-waiver promotion applies to all cats aged four months and over available at all RSPCA Victoria Animal Care Centres and participating Petbarn stores. Visit rspcavic.org or call 9224 2222.
*** Fee waiver applies to cats only; kittens remain $195; dogs $380; puppies $420
*** It usually cost $223 to desex a female cat and $123 to desex a male cat.