RSPCA adoptions hit record high for state

Bev and Tom Brisbane with their son Matt and their new dog Bosco the fox terrier cross they adopted from the RSPCA.
Bev and Tom Brisbane with their son Matt and their new dog Bosco the fox terrier cross they adopted from the RSPCA. Sarah Harvey

RSPCA Qld celebrated its biggest month for adoptions in the charity's history last month, with 1652 animals finding new homes in January.

Fox terrier cross Bosco's new Churchill family is among the thousands who have chosen to adopt an RSPCA animal rather than buy from a pet shop or breeder.

Bev Brisbane said her family decided to adopt a dog after the death of their last pet.

"We were ready for another dog and we checked the RSPCA," Mrs Brisbane said.

"We found Bosco and now he's basically got the run of the house."

The fox terrier cross was adopted as a "black tag" dog, which means he had previously suffered either abuse or neglect and was seized as part of an RSPCA investigation.

Ms Brisbane said Bosco had adjusted well to his new life.

"He's really playful and goes for two walks a day," she said.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said he hoped the record adoption rate was due to a change in culture.

"Hopefully more and more people are seeing the RSPCA as a place to get a great pet," he said.

Mr Beatty said it was hard to know exactly why the 12.5% increase in adoptions had happened last month.

He said adopting from the RSPCA made sense financially.

"All our animals are micro-chipped and de-sexed and, in the case of adult dogs, have had behavioural tests," Mr Beatty said.

RSPA Qld also has a special adoption program this month, called Love, Laugh Play!, which may help to promote adoptions.

The campaign allows people to name the price they want to pay for their new pets.

On average, it costs the RSPCA $350 for each cat or kitten and $450 for each dog or puppy to conduct vet work and provide care before they are re-homed.

Topics:  animals pets queensland rspca

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