From today, all RSPCA NSW shelters and care centres are closed to public walk-ins, and animal adoptions will be processed via ‘Adopt from Home’, which will see the entire adoption processed via phone or video call and the animals being transported to their potential forever homes by RSPCA staff.
These changes come as further restrictions were announced by the Federal Government, and as new laws enacted by the NSW State Government came into effect this week to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“We have seen so many animals go into their forever homes, and we hope they’re bringing you some much needed love, warmth and company,” says RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.
“We are adapting to the changes as best we can to give our animals an opportunity to find loving homes, and to ensure our doors are still open for animals in need.”
RSPCA NSW has seen an incredible increase in adoptions across the state’s shelters and Petbarn adoption centres over the last two weeks, which saw just over 500 animals adopted across the state.
This represents an increase of 28% in adoptions across the state, compared to this time last year. For Petbarn adoption centres only, the increase has been a staggering 48% compared to this time last year.
Though the new adoption process will by via phone or video call, normal adoption procedures will apply to ensure every animal goes home with the right family.
There will be some compulsory purchase requirements also such as a carry box and/or lead and car harness. We will ensure that their new family also has all of the essentials needed to ensure the success of their new pet in the home.
Once the adoption is approved, an RSPCA staff member will drive the animal to their potential new home for a meet-and-greet. If everyone is happy, the adoption will be finalised.
RSPCA NSW shelters and care centres will remain closed to public walk-ins until further notice. Emergency surrenders and strays will be handled via appointment only.
The changes to the usual adoption process are temporary. Any person wishing to adopt a pet with Adopt from Home, please fill out an appointment request form and a staff member will be in touch.
RSPCA NSW reminds the community that we are operating with a reduced number of staff, and are thankful for your patience at this time.
All animals available for adoption can be found online at www.rspcansw.org.au/adopt.
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