Because you're reading this, we know you're not someone who once 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 the RSPCA New South Wales. And, to find permanent homes for pups surrendered into its care from all over the state, it's lowering the adoption fee to $100 between Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, September 2.
The week-long initiative is in honour of National Dog Day on Sunday, August 26 — but because every dog deserves more than its day, the RSPCA is extending the campaign across eight days. Although you can't put a price on the happiness that a new four-legged friend will bring, it's hoped that the low adoption fee will encourage people who have been thinking about adding a pet to their fam (and have considered it thoroughly) to make the commitment this week.
The adoption fees — which usually range from $20–600 — help cover some of the costs of vaccines, training and microchipping for the animals.
Across NSW, there are hundreds of animals that need a new home full of love and pats. There's more to pet adoption than overdosing on cuteness, of course, with making the commitment to care for an animal is serious business. For further information, read RSPCA's FAQs and head to a shelter.