Because you're reading this, we know you're not someone who received a pet for Christmas, only to decide it wasn't for you. We know you're one of the good folks. You're probably wishing that you did receive a loveable animal as a gift, even if you already have one — or several — that you adore.
We understand your yearning, and so does RSPCA Queensland. In trying to find permanent homes for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens surrendered into their care from all over the state, they're bringing all those cuddly creatures to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 13 January for their fourth annual pop-up adoption event.
Entry is free, and includes demonstrations, entertainment, food, and activities, as well as RSPCA stalls and information. And then there's the hundreds of animals waiting for your affection — and for you to take them home with you. 485 critters found homes last year, in case you're wondering.
Although you can't put a price on the happiness a new four-legged friend will bring — and although this year's rates haven't yet been announced — in previous years, those wanting to adopt an older cat or dog have been offered a cheaper price. Kittens and puppies aged under four months will also be looking for someone to love them.
There's more to pet adoption than overdosing on cuteness, of course, with making the commitment to care for an animal serious business. For further information, read RSPCA Queensland's FAQs. And, while you can take a pet home with you, you can't bring your existing furry pal.