You can adopt a dog for just $100 this month to help ease pressure on Victorian animal shelters

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You can adopt a dog for just $100 this month to help ease pressure on Victorian animal shelters

RSPCA Victoria’s ‘Hundred Dollar Hounds’ adoption promotion is taking place for one day only this month.

If you’re feeling a little lonely and have been considering a companion (or you want to earn brownie points as best partner ever for Christmas), now might be the perfect time to act.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be available for just $100 for one day on Saturday, 20th August, as part of RSPCA Victoria’s ‘Hundred Dollar Hounds’ adoption promotion.

RSPCA Victoria animal adoption locations

  • Burwood East
  • Peninsula
  • Epping Animal Welfare Facility
  • Warrnambool
  • Wangaratta.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here

Currently operating at full capacity for the first time since 2017, RSPCA Victoria shelters are caring for hundreds of animals across the state.

The ‘Hundred dollar hounds’ promotion is being held to ease capacity pressure on shelters and is running at all of RSPCA Victoria’s animal care centres in Burwood East, Epping, Peninsula, Wangaratta and Warrnambool. While walk-in appointments are welcome, they are subject to availability, so people are encouraged to make an appointment online before heading into a shelter.

RSPCA Victoria Animal Care Manager Nadia Peiris said RSPCA’s shelters are currently operating at capacity due to a number of factors including fewer reclaims of stray and lost animals that come to RSPCA via councils, more animals with behaviours that require retraining prior to adoption and a decline in adoption applications.

“For us, it really is a perfect storm that is impacting our ability to move animals into their forever homes, which we know is the best place for them.

“We hope that this ‘Hundred Dollar Hound’ adoption promotion will encourage those thinking of welcoming a dog into their family to take that step,” Ms Peiris said.

Ms Peiris said that while RSPCA Victoria operates at capacity for cats annually during kitten season, the organisation has not been at capacity for dogs since the introduction of The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017.

“The last time RSPCA Victoria operated at capacity was prior to the introduction of The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017 which introduced a range of amendments to the Domestic Animals Act 1994. These amendments reformed the dog breeding and pet shop industries in Victoria, as well as better regulating the sale of dogs and cats.

“The amendments included restricting pet shops to selling dogs and cats sourced from shelters, pounds or enrolled foster carers, resulting in fewer dogs and cats being bred in Victoria, a decrease in the number of illegally bred and then seized by RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate and more space for RSPCA Victoria to house other animals in need of our care.

“In fact, while dogs and cats make up the majority of the animals in our care, RSPCA Victoria is currently operating at capacity for all animals. The public can help us by coming into our shelters to adopt dogs, cats, rabbits or guinea pigs.”

For the ‘Hundred Dollar Hound’ adoption drive, all dogs come vet and behaviour checked, microchipped, vaccinated and desexed. To ensure these pooches are given the best chance at a long, healthy life, RSPCA’s team follows the same careful adoption process to ensure every placement is the right decision for the animal and their new owner.

“Our adoptions staff will make sure to understand a potential adopter’s lifestyle and match them with a dog to ensure a long and happy life match.”

To book an appointment as part of Hundred Dollar Hounds, visit the website here