Clear the Shelter


RSPCA NSW desperately wants to find forever homes for every single one of our shelter animals. For this, we need your help. Anyone looking for a new addition to their family is urged to visit an RSPCA NSW shelter, Care Centre or NSW Petbarn Adoption centres. For three days in February, adopting a pet costs just $29, whatever the animal’s age, size or species. There’s no better time to find your new best friend!

WHAT: Discount adoption rates
WHEN: 24-26 February 2017
WHERE: All RSPCA NSW sheltersCare Centres
NSW Petbarn Adoption Centres.



*If the adoption fee is normally $29 or less, the animal will be fee free during this period. Standard adoption procedures apply, including desexing and microchipping services, vaccinations and veterinary checks. This helps ensure each animal is rehomed with the perfect forever family.


  • Why are the animals being adopted at a discount rate?Our adoption rates will be just $29 between 24 and 26 February because RSPCA NSW sheltersCare Centres and NSW Petbarn Adoption centres are overflowing with wonderful, adoptable cats, dogs, guinea pigs, horses, rabbits… and many more incredible animals. They’re desperate to go to their forever homes. A few of the animals in RSPCA NSW’s care have been waiting for their new families for more than 100 days.Offering a discount is a great incentive to bring more adopters into RSPCA NSW’s facilities to meet our fantastic residents. Normal adoption procedures apply, so even though the adoption fee is discounted, the same time and effort goes into matching each animal to the right family.


  • If RSPCA NSW is offering the animals at a discount, how do you know they are going to the right home? What is the adoptions process?RSPCA NSW always wants to ensure an animal goes to its perfect forever home. Therefore normal adoption procedures apply even when a reduced fee is offered.Once an interested adopter has expressed interest in an animal, RSPCA NSW staff will begin by ensuring the animal is the right match for the potential new home. For example, a dog who prefers a quiet, mature household may not be well-suited to a home with young children. An animal attendant will then provide the interested adopter with details about the animal, including the services or treatments the animal has received e.g., desexing, microchipping and parasite control. They will also discuss the animal’s diet, and any medications or regular treatments the animal may require e.g., flea and intestinal worming treatments, and vaccinations, including the dates when these are due.Each new owner will go home with an animal health check card. This will include important, individual information about the animal, including the date when the animal received parasite control and vaccinations. If relevant, the card will also tell the owner when the animal will need to undergo desexing stitch removal, or if ongoing parasite preventatives or vaccinations are required.Following the adoption, RSPCA NSW is also able to provide over-the-phone support if the new owner has a question or concern.


  • Are the animals desexed and veterinary checked?All cats, dogs, rabbits and male guinea pigs adopted through RSPCA NSW come desexed and microchipped. All animals adopted from RSPCA NSW are vaccinated, up to date on worming and checked by a veterinarian. Desexing and identification requirements vary for each species available for adoption.


  • How much is the adoption fee?Animals are $29 to adopt during this period. Animals which have a standard adoption fee that is less than $29 will be free.
    Animals that are normally $29 or less include rabbits, mice, small birds, ferrets, poultry, rats and guinea pigs.Some animals may need to be registered with your local council at the time of adoption. Registration is a one-off, lifetime payment.


  • I can’t adopt between 24 and 26 February. Can I put an animal on hold and adopt it later at the discounted rate?The discounted adoption rate is available from 24 to 26 February only, and there are no rainchecks. RSPCA NSW cannot put a hold on our animals, as this could prevent them from going to their forever homes sooner. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the discounted adoption price outside of the set dates.


  • How do I view the animals you have available for adoption?You can view all of RSPCA NSW’s animals available for adoption on our Adoptapet website here.


  • Where can I adopt an animal?This offer is valid at all RSCA NSW SheltersCare Centres and NSW Petbarn Adoption centres. You can view a full list of our shelters here and learn more about our Care Centres at Rouse Hill and Tuggerah here. Please note, this offer is not valid at RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches.