RSPCA Victoria is holding an end of fur-nancial year run out, removing the adoption fee on all makes and models of adult cats.
The tongue-in-cheek cat fee-waiver campaign comes with some serious messaging to encourage Victorians to desex their pets.
Each person who adopts a cat during the promotion which runs to Sunday, will also receive a discounted RSPCA Victoria desexing voucher to pass on to a family member or friend.
Animal care manager Liz Walker said the charity is hoping to bring a renewed awareness of the need for pet owners to desex their animals.
“In the past six months alone, RSPCA Victoria has cared for more than 5500 cats,” Ms Walker said.
“The majority of those come in as strays or unplanned litters of kittens. This is a cycle we see repeated year after year, and one that places an unnecessary burden on both the animal shelters and the public that care for them.
“That’s why we’re providing new cat owners a 20 per cent discount desexing voucher that they can pass on to someone they know to encourage responsible pet ownership.”
Bendigo Animal Hospital vet Clare Montgomery said desexing pets was important.
“There are so many unwanted litters in Bendigo, and unwanted strays,” she said.
“Apart from, that an un-desexed pet is more at risk from a number of health and behavoural issues, and more likely to wander.”
The fee-waiver promotion applies to all cats aged four months and over available at all RSPCA Victoria Animal Care Centres. Visit rspcavic.org or call 9224 2222.