Each year, more than 38,000 animals turn to the RSPCA for help.
For this weekend only, it’s going to be especially easy to rescue one.
Read: Adopting a rescue dog will save a little life, and change yours. In the best way possible.
The legends over at the RSPCA are currently overloaded with animals waiting to find a forever home.
Buffy is 7 and works part-time as a receptionist at the local real estate agent. She spends a lot of time on the phone dealing with people who bother her, and is frankly DONE with any rudeness. But Buffy is also kind and warm, and mostly likes to eat. She can shake hands which, yeah, makes her pretty proud. She'd like you to adopt her on her own because other dogs are silly and get in her way.
Max doesn't know how tall he is and that's okay. He is 3 and it confuses him that he has such a pronounced chest. Most importantly, Max is fast, and he wants you to know how fast he is. Can't you see it in his eyes? 'I'M SO FAST MUM' he'll tell you. 'LOOK HOW FAST I AM.' He would like to go to the dog park please and show the other dogs how fast he is. Jokes about him not being that fast aren't funny.
Copper doesn't quite know what that toy is next to him, and it's... distressing. He is only 4 months old and still needs a nappy and a bottle. Copper thinks that anything that moves is alive and it scares him. He needs to be held like a baby at all times and, yes, you can put a little baby hat on him and some booties. He doesn't mind.
From our partner
Muffy is quite secretive about her life. She's seen some things, been to some places. She's quite aware that her name sounds like you're pronouncing 'Murphy' wrong. Muffy is very, very chill. She'll have some hay, please, and would like some other goat friends to keep her company. She has a few games they can play. She may or may not have been born in Russia. It's not clear how she made her way to Australia. Her age and/or general demeanour is also ambiguous.
Heidi is an ex-Hollywood actress, as you could probably tell from her stylish bandana. She's been in several films, such as 'Bark Bark Land,' 'The Good, the Bad, and the Doggy,' and her all-time favourite, 'The Dogfather.' She knows her angles, obviously, and has beautiful eyes. She's 4, and is very ladylike. Heidi is always on for a chat, but she's still learning her words.
Narla can sit, and likes to show it off whenever anyone's looking. She works at the local bank where she can showcase her excellent sitting. She's quite... arrogant, and thinks other dogs aren't doing very well at being dogs. Most of the time she's serious, until someone mentions her true passion: walking. Nothing excites her quite like going for a walk to the park. Then she returns to the bank, very serious, have to count the money, yeah.
Patch doesn't understand why he's called Patch. Many people have explained it's because he has a black patch over his left eye, but Patch just replies 'WHAT BE EYE. WHERE MY BALL.' Patch likes when people throw his ball, but when they ask for it back, he says 'NO THROW ONLY CATCH.' Patch is 2 and very playful, so would like lots of toys, thanks.
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Squid doesn't have time for 'lesser' humans. Which is most of them. If they're not feeding her. She is 2 and likes to be loved and given affection for the Queen she is. 'My eyes are so beautiful,' she often says to herself. 'And what about my permanent white mittens?' Some say she's a Princess, but Squid says she just knows what she deserves. She doesn't care for children because they're dirty and you never know where their hands have been.
Okay, Rhonda is fed up with this. She wants a home already. She's pretty sure she'd be the best thing to ever happen to your family. She's run her own cleaning business for 17 years now (but Rhonda, you're only 2?) and is a tough cookie. Children bother her because she just doesn't know what they're thinking so we can all just be adults, please? Rhonda is an independent woman like Beyonce, but yeah, she needs you to feed her. She doesn't understand why she's always asked whether she likes other dogs because she's not a dog - she's a classy lady.
Chandler doesn't know how all of this happened. One day he was just being a rooster, and the next he was looking for a new family. He's very good looking and used to work as a male model. He's been told his bone structure is impeccable, which it is. He likes to show off his red... bits. He now works in construction during the day and gets up bright and early.
FRODO. CHILL. Frodo is a little on edge, but only because he is aware of how quickly things move and also how tiny he is. He likes to run and hide and explore, but would like you to make sure things are safe, please. Frodo wouldn't mind some friends - both people and mice get along with him because he makes them laugh with his neurotic personality and fear of all the things. When people are scared of him he gets very confused, because only 'big things are scary,' he says. And he is not a big thing.
From our partner
Night has a lot of feelings. More than she knows what to do with. She's only 1, but she's seen some stuff. You can tell by her eyes. They're... startled. She needs to be reminded regularly that everything is okay, and she's pretty sure that piece of string you're holding is alive and likely to hurt her. So stop it. Put it down, please. She doesn't like her name because it suggests she's not scared of the dark. Which she is. Because she's scared of everything and would like you to please hold her at all times okay thank you.
“RSPCA NSW desperately wants to find forever homes for every single one of our shelter animals,” they say on their
website. “For this, we need your help.”
From Friday to Sunday (24-26 February 2017) adoption rates will be reduced to a bare minimum: from hundreds of dollars down to $29.
That’s probably less than you’ve already spent this week on coffee.
Listen: after you’ve adopted your dog, consider picking up after them with these whacky dog-poo bags. Post continues after audio…
“Anyone looking for a new addition to their family is urged to visit an RSPCA NSW shelter, Care Centre or NSW Petbarn Adoption centres,” the website reads. ”
“For three days in February, adopting a pet costs just $29, whatever the animal’s age, size or species.”
Adopt a dog; a guinea pig; a horse, if you please.
A $29 adoption fee means tonnes of cash leftover to spoil your new friend silly. Toys, beds, food – the works.
Watch: Harry the rescue dog dresses up in some very handsome outfits…
Through the RSPCA, you needn’t worry about any of the admin that usually comes with adopting an animal, either:
“All cats, dogs, rabbits and male guinea pigs adopted through RSPCA NSW come desexed and microchipped. All animals adopted from RSPCA NSW are vaccinated, up to date on worming and checked by a veterinarian.” – RSPCA
The Important Stuff…
What: Discount adoption rates.
When: 24, 25, 26 February 2017.
Where: All RSPCA NSW shelters, Care Centres and NSW Petbarn Adoption Centres. (View full list of shelters here.)
You can find out more about the adoption sale, here.
You can donate to the RSPCA, here.