How you can adopt a pet this weekend for just $29

Animal lovers wanting a new addition to their family can help the RSPCA clear its shelters this weekend for just $29.

The annual event to find “forever homes” for sheltered animals will kick off again across the country from Friday with adoption fees heavily reduced until February 23.

“The organisation aims to rehome as many animals as possible over the three-day adoption drive starting this Friday,” the RSPCA said in a statement.

“Last year, a whopping 2654 animals, totalling 90 per cent of any animals in our care, found their ‘furever’ homes across the country.”

Kevin, who is a Great Dane/Mastiff, is hoping 2020 will be his lucky year. Source: RSPCA

In NSW alone there are 700 animals up for adoption, including bunnies, cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.

For those looking for something different, ducks, chickens, a sheep, miniature horse, guinea pigs, mice and turkeys are also looking for new homes.

“This weekend we want people looking for a new family member to consider adopting, not shopping, for their newest family member,” RSPCA NSW animal care services general manager Ashley Stephenson said.

Sheepy is available for adoption this year. Source: RSPCA

“Some animals, such as Kevin the Great Dane, did not find a forever home last time. We are hoping this year is his lucky year.”

However just because you can pull $29 out of your wallet doesn’t guarantee you a new companion. The RSPCA says normal adoption procedures still apply to ensure pets go home with the right family.

“This includes one-on-one meetings with prospective adoptive parents and future fur-siblings,” the RSPCA said.

Reduced adoption prices do not negatively affect the welfare on animals, the RSPCA says, with the Clear the Shelters promotion running since 2016.

Anybody wanting a miniature horse look no further than Charlie. Source: RSPCA

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing animals that have been in our care for months on end finally finding a loving home. It’s a positive outcome for all involved,” Ms Stephenson said.

“Not only can these animals find new homes and families far sooner, it means that we are able to put more time and effort into caring for animals that desperately need our help.”

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