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[VIC] Reduced Adult Dog Adoption Fee $200 @ RSPCA


Adopt an adult dog for $200 this month.

Whether you’re spending time at the park, at the beach or enjoying a BBQ in your own background – summer is better when you have your best mate by your side. That’s why, during the month of December, RSPCA Victoria is offering Mates Rates on all adult dog adoptions. We’ve lowered the adoption fee to just $200, so now is the perfect time to adopt your new best mate.

We have lots of friendly adult dogs waiting to meet you. All dogs have been desexed, microchipped, and health and behaviour checked – so they’re ready and waiting for you to take them home and shower them with summer loving!

To find out who’s available jump onto or visit an RSPCA shelter today (Burwood East, Peninsula, Wangaratta or Warrnambool). Appointments are not required for Burwood East or Peninsula – we welcome walk-ins! Our friendly team will help find the ‘pawfect’ new friend for you.

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  • +87

    Please. If you’re going to adopt any pet, think about the long term future of the animals.

    Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing supposedly responsible pet owners ditching their pets because all of a sudden their lifestyle has changed.

    • +52

      For life, not for Christmas.

      • +14

        For life, not just a pandemic lockdown

        • -1

          For whatever shitty reasons, please don't leave your dog poop on sidewalks or grass.

    • +9

      Makes me lose faith in people when I see that sort of thing around Xmas, NY, end of pandemics, Easter etc tbh. Sometimes I accept that stuff happens and people have to surrender a pet for good reason. But it happens way more than it should. We adopted a 7 month old black labrador rotting away in someone's backyard, he is now 8, my best mate and an absolutely brilliant dog who has won gun dog and nose detector trials, and makes life better everyday.

    • -3

      Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing supposedly responsible pet owners ditching their pets because all of a sudden their lifestyle has changed.

      I would like to think that your advise isn't really necessary for those considering the adoption of an adult dog.

      The thought of a dog being put up for adoption twice in it's life breaks my heart though.

      • +1

        Some need it spelled out , unfortunately that's society

        • -2

          I'm aware of that, but how many people are actually adopting adult dogs and surrending them for adoption again at a later stage?

  • +20

    Please pick up their 'number two' too

  • +11

    Think about the on going cost for having a dog

    • +9

      Prior to getting one absolutely, but bloody hell I'd go without food myself before i let my best mate go without. I'd literally sell the bloody car if she needed an operation. I can't fathom people that mistreat their animals (dogs in particular) as there is nothing i wouldn't do to make sure mine is happy and health.

      • +4

        Plenty of people in the world who are at the other end of the 'care factor for dogs' spectrum. The ones that buy a dog as a novelty, then get bored and frustrated when they realise it's almost like taking care of a child.

        They're the ones that need to buy a soft toy instead.

      • After one surgery, one dental visit and another surgery coming up, this is the most expensive rescue dog I've ever owned. She's worth it though.

    • +1

      If you can't afford the vet, you can't afford the pet.

  • +22

    Also be good to think about if you are able to walk them (most will require/look forward to walks), breed type’s personality - especially if you live in an apartment, dog training, where to house them if you plan to go overseas, how to avoid separation anxiety, plan ahead as they shed fur… etc

  • -5

    Considering how much it costs to look after one this is like an inverse deal

    • +7

      What an odd viewpoint

      You could apply that to a house, a car, anything.

      • You get something concrete in return

        • something concrete in return

          yeah dogs give that too. Please carry a bag

      • +7

        I was just about to say the same thing.

        My wife twisted my arm to grab a doggo almost 4 years ago and I happier for it. The ongoing costs are worth the good times and she was one of the things that made lockdown bearable. You can be having the worst day, but they seem to make everything better… Unless you have a terror that detroys your furniture…

      • -2

        very good point you raised
        Ill get rid of my car and get that great dane and ride it to work and the shops instead of polluting the environment with my car fumes

    • +3

      Yep, buying a pet tends to show how shallow & self-absorbed millions of Australians are.

    • +9

      this is the most ozbargain perspective on pet ownership ever

      • +1

        Thanks. Proud of my membership :)

    • I adopted my cat at an RSPCA pop up adoption event for $20. Bargain!

      She was diagnosed with cancer 4 years later and cost me $12k in vet bills (pet insurance may have been worth it in this case, haha). No regrets though. She was my bestie and I miss her so much.

  • +18

    Lonely, need someone to keep you fit, will never cheat on you unless likes your partner better….There is nothing better than adopting a dog and saving a life…..You will be rewarded tenfold.. The hardest thing is they don't live as long as us…. but as mention… If you travel, go overseas or your not home often think about how the dog will feel… Also a dog is for life….Only you know if you can be a responsible dog owner.

    • +1

      You will be rewarded tenfold

      What exactly do you mean? As in memories or something along those lines?

      • Memories, companionship, someone you can count on to be there for you in tough times (emotional times), protector, will keep you your family and house safe… The list goes on. Dogs wear many hats. They have saved family and kids from bad situations( eg. snakes , alerted families of house on fire, fought of intruders)…Mental well being, teach you responsibility…..

        • +1

          They have saved family and kids from bad situations

          One of mine just stood there while my daughter was falling over and held onto him. Just for that she says he is her hero. lol
          Also a few of our neighbours had break-ins a year or so again. They hit basically every house that didn't have a dog, but didn't touch the houses with dog residents.
          Dogs are the best…

  • +15

    They are not toys. Please think twice before adoption.

  • +8

    What a horrible time to do this. So many people will be in an xmas mood and do this, and not think about the long term impact of having a living animal that lives for a decade or more.

    • +3

      When is the right time? I might be an optimistic but the other outcome of the dogs not finding homes is euthanasia?

      • -3

        Pretty sure RSPCA has a no kill policy

        • +1

          Not in Qld.. Unfortunately, it's pretty much impossible to be 'No Kill', unless you only accept animals that you know are going to get adopted (and leave the rest to other shelters to try to adopt out), or you have endless resources. The latter is a pipe dream, and the former doesn't really help in the grand scheme of things.

      • +3

        The fact that they've reduced the fee at christmas is the problem. Why not do it in July? They're doing it at xmas because they know people will get them as xmas gifts.

        • +8

          They do it in response to the number of animals they have in care. They're not trying to get their sales targets up for a bonus. Happy to take issue with the reason they have lots of dogs in care though, which is likely people ditching them ahead of holidays and puppies.

    • +1

      They probably have to make room for after Xmas.

    • Agree to a point….. Prospects should be vetted to be sure they are mature enough and understand what they are getting into. However the pounds are full and even if 10% were returned the other 90% found a home……

  • +16

    Also please consider adopting a greyhound! Greyhound rescue groups have stopped accepting dogs the industry is pumping out so many. They are amazing and very low maintenance animals.

    • +13

      The best dog to have for those living in apartments. They sleep all day, never bark, don’t shed and only need a short walk.

      • +1

        really? i would've thought greyhounds needed a lot of space to run around?

        • +6

          Greyhounds are sprinters, not runners. They only have short spurts of energy and you wear that out of them with a brisk 15 minute walk around the block. After that, they sleep more than cats do.

    • +4

      I've just adopted one - she's moving in on Saturday to start our trial together. I am so excited! They're a wonderful breed.

      • +2

        They are fantastic, but just make sure you give her time to settle in. People expect them to live up to the stereotype as soon as they arrive. It will take a while before she feels at home and can fully relax.

        • +1

          Sorry to jump on your response again! Just 100% agreeing with you but also to add that often their anxiety is because they have not been in a home before, having spent most of their lives in holding pens so to all of a sudden have this much space, it drives up their anxiety.

          This good thing is that you know they are happy because their teeth start to chatter. I've never seen it in any other dog and I believe it is unique to their breed.

  • Is the reduced adoption fee starts now or in December? I can't find it on their website.

  • +2

    Seems irresponsible to do this at xmas time.

    • +1

      At the end of the day RSPCA just like any other non profit organisation wants to get rid of their inventory and increase their cashflow.

  • I dont get chick for $0,8 months old one for $25-$30-$35,if its live stock market then make sense

  • +2

    What kind of staffy will people be adopting?

    Can someone explain to me why every dog for adoption is a staffy? Is it bogans?

    • I think it might be Bogans combined with illegal dog fighting, or people wanting guard dogs.

      Then they realise that staffies get so attached to their families that they defend them from everyone else, and can no longer invite guests home.

      • -1

        Staffies are amazing dogs but I've never seen them aggressively defensive when raised properly. I have friends with them and when I am over, they just want pats all the time.

        The problem is they are absolute escape artists. If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile so people end up getting rid of them as a result.

        If you can escape proof your yard, and train the staffie, you'll have an amazing family dog

  • About 11% of dogs and 20% of cats sent to the RSPCA are euthanized…

    That's A LOT better than the stats use to be if you look at past reports. And yes this does include sick animals. Still, I can never bring myself to donate to or support them knowing some of that support would go into destroying healthy animals. I wish they would split out that function to a different organization, even if that was just a technical change.

    • Strange mental gymnastics you're going through for that though. The reason they have to euthanize animals is generally lack of funding to care for them. By refusing to support them aren't you just making it worse?

      It's not like they want to euthanize animals if they can avoid it…

      • +1

        No support other pounds that have a no kill policy….. There has been bad press about the rspca going around//I sincerely hope t's not true…..

        • It's all just branding… Those pounds are just selective in the animals they let into their care. Animals that wouldn't be killed at any another pound anyway as they're easily adoptable. It doesn't really help the number of animals that end up being euthanised. Supporting rescue organisations is good, but no kill v kill is meaningless to me in the grand scheme.

          Best way to support the actual animals is to adopt or become a fosterer if you're able. Particularly the difficult to rehome animals if your circumstance permit.

          • -1

            @NigelTufnel: Not killing animals is just branding? And you accuse me of mental gymnastics?

      • What is strange is claiming someone you disagree with is doing mental gymnastics. If anyone's doing the gymnastics it's you. The RSPCA don't permanently home animals. Funding shelters that destroy animals means you're funding that destruction. It doesn't do anything to increase the number of people adopting animals, and ultimately if those animals aren't homed they're destroyed.

        • Well, agree to disagree then.
          Unfortunately, the sad reality is there are too many animals needing rehoming and not enough resources to care for them or people willing to adopt for all shelters to call themselves 'no kill'.

          • -1

            @NigelTufnel: I don't deny animals need to be put down sadly. I just don't want to fund it any more than I have to through taxes!

  • Any labradors?

  • +1

    I struggle with the concept of paying anything, let alone $200 to save a dog's life.
    Yes, I know dogs/pets are expensive and long term, yudda, yudda, yudda.
    I am talking about someone charging a fee for what is, or should be, a charitable and kind act.
    Next we'll have little old ladies charging scouts for helping them across the damn road.
    Is it a donation that comes with a free dog? Also reprehensible.

    • +3

      It's to try to cover the average cost of housing/caring for the pets while in their care. Lots of these animals need significant medical attention before they are fit to be rehomed, that costs money. Where should it come from, or should they just not bother with those animals? $200 is probably the equivalent of a few months worth of food and tick/flea treatment alone.
      Governments aren't going to fit the whole bill…

      Of course you could do a 'user pays' system and track the individual costs of housing each animal and charge that when it gets adopted, but no-one's ever going to adopt the animal that's had $3,000 worth of surgeries and care before being able to be rehomed. Is that better?

    • +2

      It is still only a fraction of what breeder's charge!
      The problem that shelters have is that it costs money to re-home a dog. They come desexed and with all their vaccinations and that alone would cost them close to what they charge for an adoption. Unfortunately, the fact is that if they didn't charge for adoptions then a lot more pets would be euthanized as they simply wouldn't have the funding to keep anything except a small portion of the youngest and healthiest pets.
      We paid $300 for our dog from The Lost Dogs Home, and she was a 1.5-year-old Maltese terroir. We were more than happy to pay that, and we know that it wouldn't have even come close to covering their costs (she was originally in an illegal puppy farm, so she required months of training). That was 8 years ago, and I still donate to them on a regular basis as I know they need the funding to keep their doors open.

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