Adopt, don't shop for furry friend: save money and a life

WITH the RSPCA, it is easy to save money and a life too.

When adopting a rescue animal from the RSPCA or another group, their vet check, desex, vaccinations and often, worming and flea treatment, are part of the cost of the animal.

But when buying a puppy or kitten, that outlay is on top of the cost of the pet.

Animal organisation Pet Rescue states adoption fees for various animals generally sit between $200 and $800.

Adopting a pet is not free because animals must be examined by a vet, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed.

Fortunately it is very rare for new owners to pay the costs rescue groups fork out themselves to care for the animals before their "forever home" is found.


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Australia's oldest, largest and most trusted animal welfare organisation, the RSPCA, received about 120,000 animals in our animal shelters and adoption centres across the country in the 2013-14 financial year.

More than 7000 dogs and puppies and 15,000 cats and kittens were humanely euthanised during that same period.

In the past 10 years the RSPCA has adopted out, reunited with their owners and released into the wild 670,000 animals, including 380,000 dogs and puppies and 220,000 cats and kittens.

Adoption and reclaim rates nationally have been steadily climbing each year, saving and improving the lives of many animals.

But many more owners reclaim lost dogs from the RSPCA than they do lost cats.

For those who are not keen on cats, there are various types of rescue organisations trying to find animals new homes, including those for retired greyhound racers and working dogs, Staffordshire bull terriers, horses and ponies and others.