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11 December 2012

The RSPCA’s Lonsdale Shelter is under pressure, as it deals with an annual influx of cats, kittens

and rabbits.

RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter said when the warmer weather hits,

so does the kitten breeding season.

“As of close of business yesterday, we were caring for 153 cats and kittens,” she said. “54 of

those are ready to be adopted.

“In addition, we have about 80 kittens in foster care, which will return to the shelter when they

are ready to enter the adoption process.

“At the peak of the breeding season, it’s not unheard of for us to receive 25 cats in a single day.

Cats are capable of breeding from just a few months old, so many of the arrivals are unwanted

litters of kittens.

“Lonsdale has also been inundated with an unusually high number of rabbits. Right now we

have 15 available for adoption and more in foster care.

“Dog numbers are consistently high. We are caring for 87 at the moment, 29 of them are ready

to be rehomed. It’s keeping staff and volunteers incredibly busy.

“We work tirelessly to care for and re-home as many animals as possible, but this time of year is


“We would urge people who want a pet to please adopt through the RSPCA.

“RSPCA animals are vet checked, microchipped, desexed, vaccinated and wormed. They have

also undergone behaviour tests to ensure they will make great pets.

“However, before making this decision it’s vital that people realise animals, such as cats, can live

up to 20 years and require a solid commitment. That’s why pets should never be given as


People can also help by becoming an RSPCA foster carer. These homes are safe havens for

animals that are too young, old, sick or stressed to cope in a shelter environment.

People interested in becoming a foster carer for the RSPCA are encouraged to email

volunteers@rspcasa.org.au. They must be over 18 and have home and contents insurance.

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