Finding Forever Homes: $29* Adoptions This Weekend! (3rd-5th Nov) Posted on October 31, 2023 RSPCA NSW is on a mission to ‘Find Forever Homes’ this weekend! For three special days, from November 3rd to November 5th, all animals available for adoption will be $29* across the state! The goal is to rehome as many animals as possible over the three-day adoption drive. With length of stay increasing, it’s imperative that we find homes (the right homes) for the hundreds of animals we have currently have available for adoption. Although adoption fees will be drastically reduced, normal adoption procedures will apply to ensure every animal is matched with the right family. This includes one-on-one meetings with prospective adoptive parents and future fur-siblings. TERMS & CONDITIONS * Offer valid only at RSPCA NSW shelters and adoption centres. Adoptions through BARC, Central Coast are via appointment only. Normal adoption procedures apply. This ensures each animal is matched with the perfect forever home. $29 adoptions are NOT valid at Petbarn stores or RSPCA NSW Branches. ** The discounted adoption rate is available from Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 5th 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 listed above. * Animals that are normally $29 or less to adopt, will be fee-free during this promotion. Adoption Promotion Frequently Asked Questions I’m interested in adopting; how can I see the animals available? Thank you for your interest in adopting! The best way to find out about the animals which are available for adoption in our locations is by visiting our website: www.rspcansw.org.au/adopt/ This page shows all the animals available for adoption across the state and includes information about their location, personality, behaviour and interests. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on (02) 9770 7555. We wish you the best of luck in your search for your lifelong friend! Why have you reduced adoption fees? Offering a discount is a great incentive to bring more adopters into RSPCA NSW’s shelters to meet our fantastic residents. We know that by offering discounts we encourage people to give a loving home to one of our amazing animals. 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. Why isn’t the price like this all the time? Don’t you want animals to be adopted? We would love to keep our adoption fees this low all the time but sadly, it just isn’t possible. Even when adoption fees are full price, we lose money. As a charity, RSPCA NSW charges adoption fees to help us cover the costs associated with caring for and preparing each animal for adoption. As you can imagine, the adoption fees we ask for do not begin to cover all these costs in addition to the food, treats, water, shelter and care that we provide for them until they are ready to find their forever homes. We also do not charge extra for animals that have had extensive vet treatment and surgeries that can sometimes be more than $5000 each. The adoption fee is in place as a contribution to the costs associated with preparing an animal for adoption. If RSPCA NSW is offering the animals at a discount, how do you know they are going to the right home? What is the adoption 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 all animals adopted from RSPCA NSW desexed and vet 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. All of this is included in the adoption fee. Desexing and identification requirements vary for each species available for adoption. I can’t adopt between your promotion dates. Can I put an animal on hold and adopt it later at the discounted rate? The discounted adoption rate is available from Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 5th 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 listed above. There are so many issues with reduced or fee free adoption promotions, why would you encourage this when the return rate is so high in these cases? There is absolutely no evidence that the price point – even animals being given away for free – has any impact on the animal’s subsequent welfare. There is a lot of international and Australian research published on this topic, and RSPCA NSW conducted its own internal research during our 2018 Clear the Shelter Campaign that had a price point of $29 or less for all animals. We did extensive follow-ups around animals adopted during this promotion and found excellent welfare outcomes, completely on par with regular adoption price points. 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. This includes our trained staff going through a rigorous process to ensure every family is the best match for that individual animal, taking into consideration that animal’s energy requirements, size, medical requirements, individual personality and needs, and so on. Each new owner goes home with an animal health check card which includes important, individual information about the animal, including the dates when the animal received parasite control and vaccinations and follow-up due dates. If relevant, the card will also tell the owner when the animal will need to undergo desexing stitch removal, or if any ongoing medical conditions need attention. If the animal has any ongoing medical conditions, this process includes a face-to-face with a veterinarian so that the new owner can discuss this in detail and ask any questions. Following the adoption, RSPCA NSW is also able to provide over-the-phone support if the new owner has any questions or concerns. RSPCA NSW do everything they can to ensure every pet is perfectly matched with a sustainable, forever home. Any reduced price point has no impact on our regular processes. Do you put down the animals that aren’t adopted from this promotion? Of course not! Here at RSPCA NSW, once an animal is put up for adoption, they stay up for adoption until they find their forever homes. Because of this, some animals are with us for months, even years but we will always love and care for them during that time. We hope this information helps! You can view all the animals available for adoption HERE.