Hundred dollar hounds, dog adoptions to ease pressure on shelters

Published on 12 August 2022

RSPCA running at full capacity for first time since 2017

Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be available for just $100 for one day only next Saturday 20th August as part of RSPCA Victoria’s ‘Hundred Dollar Hounds’ adoption promotion.

The promotion is being held to ease capacity pressure on shelters and is running at all of RSPCA Victoria’s animal care centres in Burwood East, Epping, Peninsula, Wangaratta and Warrnambool. While walk-in appointments are welcome, they are subject to availability, so people are encouraged to make an appointment online before heading into a shelter.

RSPCA Victoria Animal Care Manager Nadia Peiris said RSPCA’s shelters are currently operating at capacity due to a number of factors including fewer reclaims of stray and lost animals that come to RSPCA via councils, more animals with behaviours that require retraining prior to adoption and a decline in adoption applications.

“For us, it really is a perfect storm that is impacting our ability to move animals into their forever homes, which we know is the best place for them.

“We hope that this ‘Hundred Dollar Hound’ adoption promotion will encourage those thinking of welcoming a dog into their family to take that step,” Ms Peiris said.

“In fact, while dogs and cats make up the majority of the animals in our care, RSPCA Victoria is currently operating at capacity for all animals. The public can help us by coming into our shelters to adopt dogs, cats, rabbits or guinea pigs.”

Ms Peiris said that these adoption prices are amazing value, with all dogs vet and behaviour checked, microchipped, vaccinated and desexed. RSPCA’s team follows the same careful adoption process to ensure every placement is the right decision for the animal and their new owner.

“Our adoptions staff will make sure to understand a potential adopter’s lifestyle and match them with a dog to ensure a long and happy life match.”

To book an appointment as part of Hundred Dollar Hounds visit rspcavic.org/hundred-dollar-hounds/

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