Paw-fect Match

$99 dog adoption fees!

Didn’t find your match this Valentine’s? Meet your new four-legged love at RSPCA Victoria with Paw-fect Match!

For four days only, we’re offering $99 adoption fees on all adult dogs at our Burwood and Peninsula animal care centres. From Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 February you can find your paw-fect match and save hundreds on normal adoption fees.

Pets make our lives better, and now is the paw-fect time to find a new love and add one to your home, while changing the life of a shelter dog in need. 99 for Valentine! What’s not to love?!

When you adopt from RSPCA, your dog will be:   

💗 desexed 

💗 vaccinated 

💗 microchipped

💗 and have a health and behaviour check 

Visit our Burwood or Peninsula adoption centres to find your long-term love.

RSPCA Burwood

3 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East

RSPCA Peninsula

1030 Robinsons Rd, Pearcedale

Paw-fect Match FAQs

Which locations can I visit?

Our Paw-fect Match promotion applies to adult dogs at our Burwood East and Peninsula shelters. Walk-ins are encouraged at both locations and adoption opening hours are 10am to 4pm, seven days a week.

What age is an adult dog?

Adult dogs are aged six months and over.

Why are these animals being adopted at a discount rate?

We have lots of dogs who have been with us for a long stay, so we’d like to give them the best chance to find their new homes. Special adoption promotions are great at encouraging people to act now, particularly if they’ve been considering a new pet, not just think about adopting one day.

Normal adoption procedures apply, so even though the adoption fee has been reduced, the same time and effort goes into matching each animal to the right family.

There is no evidence to show that the adoption price impacts an animals subsequent care and welfare, nor does it increase the rate of returns.

Is it ok to adopt animals at discounted fees?

Anyone wanting to adopt an animal from the RSPCA will still have to go through our adoption process to ensure it is a good match for both the pet and family, and that they can provide for the specific behavioural and environmental needs of our animals.

The RSPCA has held several successful discounted and even fee-waived adoption promotions since 2010. Through all these promotions our adoption process has stayed the same – only the fee has changed.

There is no evidence to show that the adoption price impacts an animals subsequent care and welfare, nor does it increase the rate of returns.

How long does the adoption process take?

Adoptions can take more than 60 minutes, so please make sure you allow enough time for this when you visit us.

Can I put a dog on hold prior to the promotion?

Unfortunately, no. If you would like to adopt a dog prior to the promotion please do so, as you could risk missing out on adopting a particular animal.

Is there a limit to the number of animals a family can adopt?

Dogs will only be adopted in pairs if they are already bonded. Otherwise, it is recommended to only bring home one new dog at a time to allow them time to get settled in before introducing another new dog.

If someone already has a dog at home, the regular adoption procedure will apply and they will be asked to bring in their current dog for a meet & greet with the new dog prior to taking them home.

How much does it normally cost to adopt a dog from RSPCA Victoria?

RSPCA Victoria’s regular adoption fees start at $500 for adult dogs.

How much does it cost to get an animal prepared for adoption?

The cost of care for each animal varies based on their specific needs and length of stay. All animals care would include the following:

  • Desexing (starts from $91)
  • Microchipping ($39)
  • Vaccinations (starts from $83)
  • Vet checks ($65)
  • Other health care costs may include dental care ($250) and x-rays (up to $500)

Our adoption fees are well under our animals’ treatment and care costs – costs that we will not recover, but we want to do all we can to find every one of these beautiful creatures a forever home. Any contribution great or small will help us ensure many more animals get the happy ending they deserve.

Does the senior animal adoption fee waiver still apply during the promotion?

Yes, all senior animals will continue to have their adoption fee waived. Depending on breed, dogs are considered ‘senior’ at different ages, this ranges from 9-12 years, but senior dogs will have a $0 adoption fee.

Do those adopting get a FREE bag of Royal Canin pet food?

Our standard dog adoption fees include a bag of Royal Canin pet food per animal, however, this is not included during this promotion.

Adoption packs do however include a 20% off voucher for Royal Canin Pet Food which can be used at the time of adoption.*

*20% Off Royal Canin voucher excludes veterinary diets.