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Wagging Tails and Purrs Aplenty in Store for Homeless Pets
Meet Your Family's Next True Love. Photograph courtesy of RSPCA.
Unconditional love comes in all shapes and sizes and nowhere else is that more apparent than the annual RSPCA Big Adopt Out. This is the 6th year that RSPCA Big Adopt Out will bring together a variety of rescue groups and welfare organisations under one roof to find loving fur-ever homes for a high number of animals in a limited period of time.
The free event takes place on Saturday 16th of September at the Brisbane Showgrounds (RNA) from 9am to 3pm. There'll be over 30 rescue groups, over 250 adoptable animals, dog and cat pavilions, food vendors, pet products, advice and most importantly - the largest range of breeds all under one roof - talk about convenient!
Looking for Someone Who Likes Long Walks on the Beach? Photograph courtesy of RSPCA.
So what do you do if you come along to RSPCA Big Adopt Out and you find a pet you want to take home with you?
Sam from RSPCA told Weekend Notes, "Potential adopters can purchase a harness, lead and any other necessary items if they adopt a dog or cat on the day at our World for Pets store at the event."
In 2016, RSPCA alone cared for over 50,000 animals with a total of 17,887 animals finding new homes. Many more are reunited with their owners, having come to the RSPCA due to being lost. Sadly, lots of animals are still put to sleep every year due to homelessness. So events like this are vital for giving animals in need a second chance at life in a safe and loving environment. In return, when you adopt an animal in need you receive a lifetime of love, happiness and laughs.
Did you know? Most homeless pets come into shelter through no fault of their own. Some reasons include the owner going into an aged care facility that won't allow pets, an owner relocating to a rental that won't allow pets, the animal being accidentally lost, and relationship breakdowns. Homeless pets are usually good pets who've just fallen on tough times.
Looking for a Pretty Kitty to Cuddle? Photo courtesy of RSPCA.
Choosing a pet is a lifelong commitment to that animal. On average, dogs can live for 8-15 years and cats 12-19 years. So it's really important to consider where you think you'll be in 10-20 years time, whether you can afford the food and vet bills for the foreseeable future, what kind of living situation you're in and most of all your personality.
Sam offered a little advice for potential pet owners, "The most important thing when it comes to choosing the right kind of pet," she said, "is taking your time to think about what type of animal you're after to make sure it will fit in with your lifestyle."
So if you're an outdoors type with a big back yard, you're more suited to a bigger dog who can have adventures with you. If you're a sedentary person living in a small apartment a big dog isn't for you.
Fun Fact! The Guinness Book of World Records says the oldest cat ever lived to be 38 years and 3 days old!!!
RSPCA Big Adopt Out is a one of a kind initiative where many Queensland rescue groups come together to tackle dog and cat homelessness, helping animals and communities in the process. If you've been considering welcoming a new furry family member to your fold, why not adopt instead of going to a shop? Come along, support your local community and open your heart and home to a rescue animal.
Pleased to Meet You! RSPCA pets are vet checked, microchipped, desexed, wormed and flea treated. Here's some bahaviour training at work. Photo courtesy of RSPCA.
1. Pets are good for your physical and mental health.
2. You'll save a life and reduce euthanasia rates of homeless animals.
3. You won't be supporting any dodgy dealers like puppy farmers.
4. It's cost effective because they're usually vet checked, micro-chipped, desexed, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated. The cost of buying a rescue pet is usually less than all these checks and services would add up to and helps rescue operators to recoup some expenses. It's also usually less than buying a pet elsewhere that may have had none of these checks and treatments.
5. The animal has gone through behaviour checks so you know beforehand what you're going to get.
6. You'll receive love and companionship.
4 Good Reasons to Adopt an Adult Pet
1. What you see is what you get. There are no surprises about the animal's final size or temperament.
2. Dogs and cats are gentler with children than scratchy kittens and boisterous puppies.
3. Feel great, knowing you're giving a beautiful animal the safe and comfortable senior years they deserve and a home for life. No pet should have to live out its final days in a shelter.
4. The bonds you form are just as strong and the love you receive is extra sweet. Just ask my rescue cat Polly. She was 10 when I adopted her from RSPCA and now she's lucky 13. She's the sweetest, most darling cat I've ever had and I love her very much. Luckily for me she gives lots of head boops, snuggles and licks so I'm pretty sure she loves me back.
Polly Catches a Sunbeam Safe in the Knowledge She Has a Loving Home for Life.