New Year New Home for RSPCA Victoria’s cats and rabbits

RSPCA Victoria has hundreds of animals that urgently need new homes – the New Year New Home promotion running from Friday 8 to Monday 11 January 2021 is reducing adoption fees for adult cats and rabbits to just $21 to help find them loving homes.

As many Victorians commence the new year with the ongoing option to work from home, for those considering adding a pet to their family, now is the perfect time to adopt. RSPCA Victoria’s New Year New Home will mean the sound of new paws in many homes around the state.

RSPCA Victoria ‘s CEO, Dr Liz Walker, says the adoption campaign is the perfect chance to give a little love to the animals who aren’t always in the spotlight.

“Cats and rabbits are often misunderstood creatures. We hope New Year New Home encourages the adoption of these terrific animals so more people can experience the joy, companionship and affection they offer,” says Dr Walker.

“We’ve found these types of adoption campaigns to be very successful in the past. This is a perfect time of year to welcome a new animal into your home. Many Victorians will spend the first part of January on holidays, giving them lots of time to help their new family member settle in.”

RSPCA Victoria assures the community the adoption process will not change at all during New Year New Home apart from the reduced cost. RSPCA Victoria’s adoption process matches animals and people, ensuring all animals go to the best suited home with an appropriate environment. The process is tried and tested, based on certain criteria such as space, work schedules and whether there are children or existing animals in the home.

Studies have shown that there is no difference in the care provided for an animal whether adopted through a fee-waiver program or for a fee.

New Year New Home Fast Facts

  • Available at all RSPCA Victoria Animal Care Centres and participating Petbarn stores
  • Running from Friday 8 to Monday 11 January
  • Adoption fee for an adult cat (five months and older) is usually $120 but it will be reduced to $21 during this adoption promotion.
  • The adoption fee for a rabbit is usually $68 but it will be reduced to $21 during the adoption promotion.

As always, the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and the community remains our top priority. Animal adoption at RSPCA Victoria remains via online application, visit to view and apply for animals available for adoption. Adoption fees for senior cats (over ten years) and senior rabbits (over five years) will continue to be waived as per the normal RSPCA Victoria adoptions process.

All cats and rabbits adopted from RSPCA Victoria are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated to ensure they are ready to start a happy new life and a happy new year.

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