Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

For many Australians pets are important members of the family. A pet can be a joy but they are a big responsibility.

If you’re thinking of bringing a new pet into your home choose the adoption option and make the RSPCA your first port of call.

Choosing the right pet for you is fun, but takes time, planning and lots of research. You need to consider very carefully both your needs and the needs of any animal that comes into your life.

Too often, the RSPCA is left with the aftermath of impulse purchases. Last year the RSPCA accepted more than 130,000 animals from the community.

If you do decide you have room for a pet in your life and can provide it with the care and attention it deserves then consider adopting from an RSPCA shelter first, that way you are not only giving an animal a second chance but we can match you with the perfect pet for your family. Dogs and cats adopted from the RSPCA are also desexed, wormed, vaccinated and microchipped.

Please remember that pets are a life-long commitment but given the chance, they will love you for life.

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Desexing your pet

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Microchipping your pet cat or dog is very important. If your pet becomes lost then you are far more likely to become reunited if he or she is microchipped.