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[VIC] Reduced Adoption Fee of $22 for Adult Cats (Was $120) and Rabbits (Was $68) @ RSPCA Victoria


Adopt don’t shop.

Running at RSPCA Victoria’s metropolitan sites at Burwood East, Peninsula and Epping Animal Welfare Facility, Wangaratta and Warrnambool from 4th – 18th January 2022, adult rabbit adoption fees will be reduced from $68 and cat adoption fees will be reduced from $120, in honour of what is sure to be another big year in the world of animal welfare.

The New Year, New Home campaign aims to show Victorians the value of rabbits and cats as
companion animals and how they can make the perfect option for people who live in smaller

Did you know this about rabbits?

  • Rabbits love to play with toys.
  • Rabbits can be litter trained, just like cats.
  • Rabbits thrive on an indoor lifestyle.
  • Rabbits are most active during the morning and evening, making them the perfect pet for
    those who maintain a busy lifestyle during the day.

Did you know this about cats?

  • Cats can live a healthy and happy life when kept contained to the home.
  • Cats are fastidiously clean animals.
  • While cats require social interaction to be happy, they also love their privacy.
  • Like dogs, cats enjoy a regular routine.

All rabbits and cats adopted from RSPCA Victoria are health checked, microchipped, vaccinated and

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  • +38

    Great to see this, adopt don’t shop

      • +11

        Nope. I adopted my cat and she's the prettiest kitty In The whole wide world

          • @kehuehue: Ever been to a cat cafe? I've never seen such beautiful cats in real life before.

            All cats are lovely, but some are professionally really, really ridiculously good looking.

        • +4

          And here's the evidence
          Honey https://imgur.com/a/RVhjlmP

          • +1

            @Jake17: Very pretty.

          • @Jake17: I expected a (profanity) pic but the cat look pretty

  • -3

    Any idea how many dogs rspca kill each week?

    • Do you think they want that info know ?

      Just like the Silly Cash Cow you can't find out the most likely 5% return of funds publicly .

    • +6

      Probably not many

      RSPCA Australia believes that physically healthy and behaviourally sound companion animals that are suitable for adoption should not be euthanased

      • there's a reason many of them are at the pound..

        • -2

          Well they're usually pitbulls for a reason.

          • -2

            @StaticzAvenger: Agreed, every time I consider adopting one I see the list and there's all kinds of aggressive dogs like pitbulls, something something terrier, boxer, mastiff and what not. The one greyhound that we did get a while ago was fantastic though.

            • +1

              @CocaKoala: I thought that that was because pitbull and bull terrier (etc) owners just tended to be less aware what they were getting themselves into rather than the nature of the dogs. I've owned bullies and staffies and never had any issues at all with them. I could be wrong though, I dunno.

              • +1


                I've owned bullies and staffies and never had any issues at all with them

                I am glad you have had no issues, and I also think that you are likely a responsible owner. However, there may also have been an element of good luck given the statistics involving these dogs.

                I thought that that was because pitbull and bull terrier (etc) owners just tended to be less aware what they were getting themselves into rather than the nature of the dogs.

                The owners of these types of dogs tend to be a irresponsible/ignorant general, but the animals themselves are quite aggressive (sort of why those owners tend to like these types of dogs to begin with).

                • @CocaKoala: Wow, okay. I had no idea about the statistics of bullies.
                  I've also owned larger dogs that can be aggressive like Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Airedales and more, those sort of animals requires a lot of care and discipline. The only dog that I ever had that I didn't trust around other people was a Collie. It was a very nippy creature and even displayed aggression towards children. Great animal, but couldn't trust it with other people.

                  • +1

                    @illogicalerror: This is the usual case. There are a number of disciplined owners who know how to care for and look after their animals, and even the most aggressive of the dogs in this case behave well almost all through their life, leaving an impression that they are somewhat of a gentle giant.

                    However, if due care is not provided or if the animals are not socialised properly and/or if their behaviour is not kept in check then they can become quite aggressive/dangerous. Something that a responsible owner may know about because they don't push the animal into that territory ever.

                    I also fully understand what you are talking about collies and a mate one that became quite nippy especially around food. It usually is play for them out of excitement as they think you're just another dog but we must teach them that they cannot nip human beings as our skin is far more delicate than theirs. I suspect that most of the collie "bites" reported are these ones. They are definitely not in the same league as breeds like the pitbulls or rottweilers.

                    • @CocaKoala: I've spent my whole life as a dog owner. When I was a boy of 7 I begged my parents for a dog and they said only if I took it to obedience classes every Saturday morning. So I got my dog and did the obedience classes for about 2 years. That doggo was some sort of silky\schnauzer cross thing, great dog. I learned just as much or even more than he did back then. Obedience classes are a great thing. I cannot recommend them enough for new dog owners.

                      One of my staffies used to lay around eating bricks, literally. That sort of crushing power is amazing. I can imagine if he wasn't a big sook and used that power to munch on something squishy like a human it'd be terrible.

                • -2

                  @CocaKoala: How does that tell you it’s the breed that’s aggressive? And not the irresponsible owners?
                  You listed Mastiffs too.. they are some of the most pleasant dogs I’ve met.

                  All dogs are good mate.. it’s how your raise them. Some need a little more care than others but they are all inherently good

                  • +2

                    @Pinchy: You have a point, but do you think that there are no irresponsible people owning golden retrievers? Yet you don't seem them topping these charts. Some dogs are bred to fight, like a Tosa. Other dogs are selectively bred for their protective nature (which could come out as aggression towards "outsiders"), so they will be aggressive. Golden retrievers (as an example) is bred to please people, and they will not turn aggressive if the owner was irresponsible.

                    Anecdotal statements like "I had a Rottweiler that was so sweet" makes very little sense because they're just that - anecdotes.

                    All dogs are good mate.. it’s how your raise them. Some need a little more care than others but they are all inherently good

                    It's a bit tedious I've to repeat myself here. If I owned a labrador and a pitbull, and I did not provide proper care for them both, guess which one is going to bite people on the streets? There is your answer to which dog breed is dangerous.

    • +5

      Wouldn't have to kill them if people would stop buying them thinking everything is going to be alright without much intervention.

  • +1

    wouldn't the cat eat the rabit

    • Ah, you remind me of the horror of seeing my rabbit was bitten by a neighbour's cat T_T

  • Rabbit farts

    • New favourite insult right there.

  • +3

    Love my two adopted cattos. Good deal for cheap (profanity)

    • +2

      Yes, because the boarding, food, kennel hands, etc., of these animals should be free..

    • +1

      Why? The cost of adopting and supporting an animal (I didn't want to say "owning") in bad health is much much more expensive than just getting one. Animals should be extremely costly so not every muppet can buy them and discard them like trash.

        • +3

          you can't, they can't survive in the wild and it is illegal.

          • +2

            @Niceye: They can, but are a huge pest in Australia, ruining farmland and outcompete natives, weird that this isn't common knowledge on an Australian forum.

  • +1

    Do rabbits get along with other rabbits? I've got a female bunny about 1 yo. She is quite happy but not sure if she would like to be in company of another bunny.

    • Yes but you have to bond them. You should also make sure both are desexed.

    • +1

      They certainly can!

      But you need to introduce them slowly, almost like bunny dates.

      If not done correctly, they will get extremely territorial and aggressive.

    • You need to desex them, which can be a bit expensive as well.

  • Puuuurfect

  • Good to see at one of my locations a feral ( they call it stray ) cat to suit me .

  • -1

    Covid will jump to rabbits and cats…

    • +1

      Then you should take steps now to corner the market on cat and rabbit masks.

    • All rabbits and cats adopted from RSPCA Victoria are health checked, microchipped, vaccinated and


      • last time I got a cat desexed and 1st round of vax it was $220 and had to drive 50 mins to get it done

  • +18

    OzBargain needs tags like [serious] because everybody comes in trying to be a comedian instead of actual talk of the deal.

    • -13

      Why don't you pick up the road for some nice fresh meat ?

      • +8

        I re-read your comment a few times and still didn't get it. This community sometimes…

        • +1

          Hmmmm must be that jug of Wild Turkey I got .
          I'm drunk all the time even though I had so far like a shot a week .

    • -2

      you can literally scroll past the posts you don't like lmao, these jokes aren't harming anyone (maybe the rabbits)

      • +3

        We cant do that. We must silence any comments we don't like

        • +1

          Silenzio Bruno!

  • +14

    I'm at crossroads with this, one part of me is glad to see more people adopting rather than buying a new kitten from breeders (especially illegal ones).

    On the other side, if you thought $120 was too expensive for a cat, $22 won't make much difference after a couple of months - your $98 savings will be bugger all.

    After being part of an Animal Rescue organisation, I've witnessed people who shouldn't have pets impulse buy because of sales or cuteness, then abandon the animal in 6-12 months. So we changed our adoption process with site visits and thorough screening - we haven't had a single abandoned animal since.

    Whilst this deal will make the short-term costs less, the long-term costs will remain the same. It really doesn't help in the long-run for a problem we're already stretching beyond our needs.

    If you want to help, get into fostering with your local animal rescue group and adopt an animal for a full fee. The rescue groups are not-for-profit, but they also have bills, from vet fees, food, toys, medicine, transport, blankets, to clothing for the colder months.


    • +2

      Good for those who already have pets or have lost a love one.

      • +1

        It's a minority of pet buyers, but still a valid point :)

    • -5

      Then after 6-12 months they go back to shelter. So what? They will have spent that 6-12 months in a better place. I haven't owned a cat btw.

      • +11

        Animals have feelings. Being abandoned once (or twice or more) can damage them just as much as humans.

      • +9

        My cat spent 12 months with her old owner and was worse off for it. She was attention starved (also food starved, poor thing was skin and bones), I can't use a spray bottle in the same room as her because the sound freaks her out (she's getting better, but they obviously sprayed her with a water bottle a lot). Sometimes I had to sit next to her just so she felt safe while eating, otherwise she simply wouldn't eat. Took a good 6 months to build routines for her. Absolutely amazing animal, except when she decides to run around the house at 3am.

        If someone doesn't know how to look after a cat, they simply shouldn't adopt one. It's not like putting a roof over their head makes everything magical if they're not taken care of.

    • Agree completely.

  • +3

    It’s better when the cat comes to you and cost $0

    • Hey that's what my cat did, took about 4 months until we properly adopted her though

    • Cats adopted from shelter are usually vet checked, neutered and microchipped. If you do all that for your cat it should costs roughly the same or more than the adoption fee.

    • +1

      a stray just turned up on inlaws porch a few days ago, now they have 1 cat and 2 kittens. 100% going to cost a bomb

      last I heard they are thinking about keeping, wtf the cats will prob out live them!

  • Not sure if this is still gonna be the case but in 2019 i tried to find a cat during the same promotional period but couldnt find any and they gave me a raincheck voucher to come back anytime until end of March to still get the $22 deal…

    I eventually adopted one few days before the voucher expired and has since then become a needy cat during this pandemic!

  • Rabbits can be litter trained, just like cats.

    Are they easy to train like the cats though? Cats hardly need training.

    • Not on all the little shits they leave all over the place .

      • +1

        1st time seeing the little shits literally meaning little shits.

    • +1

      Not very easy from experience. They poop everywhere.

  • Rabbits

    How much is shipping to Qld? $65,275?
    Can you label it as a guinea pig?

  • +6

    never really thought much of cats then mum wanted to adopt one and hes the best thing ever, i think i prefer cats than dogs now. Hes beautiful

  • -1

    It's really up to you, but if you're serious about getting a cat, I'd recommend avoiding RSPCA at peak periods or during 'sales'. They're trying to clean house before the inevitable Christmas surrenders, and the interconnected accidental litters through Feb, and the atmosphere is pressure-laced and competitive. Mid/late Feb is a good time to get adult cats or an unwanted kitten without the creepy energy.

    Also, while most shelters have some baggage, I've always found the team at Lort Smith to be a better bet than RSPCA in Melbourne. They were as honest as possible with us when we adopted (though the person who surrendered our cat had clearly told them a lie or five).

  • You can have your pick of the litter of free roaming rabbits in the outskirts of Melbourne - they're literally everywhere.

    • If you can catch them. 😉

    • 100's in sight so must be 1000's in some suburban reserves as well at dusk .

  • Cheapest (profanity) in town.

  • Free toxo with every purchase

  • Why is owning a pet rabbit justifiable if they are an introduced pest in Australia?

    • +2

      Nobody is adopting wild rabbits as a pet. Might as well ask why cats are being fostered when tigers kill humans.

    • +1

      Cats and dogs are also introduced pests in Australia?

    • "All rabbits and cats adopted from RSPCA Victoria are health checked, microchipped, vaccinated and

      Ok, I'm okay with this now.

  • +3

    We have never bought a cat or dog!

    We have always adopted them

  • Chicken is still cheaper

    • -1

      Also less likely to offend the wifey than when you make cat stew.

  • Need this in NSW and other states

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