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6 February 2013

A busy festive season combined with the temporary suspension of dog adoptions last month has

placed further pressure on the RSPCA, with a record number of dogs now needing new homes.

RSPCA (SA) Executive Manager of Animal Operations, Kerriann Campbell, said 48 dogs are

currently available for adoption. More than 60 others are waiting to be assessed.

“We are always busy but this is unprecedented,” she said.

“We only have 32 adoption kennels so we are accommodating dogs in our boarding area, which

is also nearing capacity.

“We’re urging anyone committed to finding a new pet to please visit our Lonsdale shelter.

We have dogs of all shapes and sizes, young and old, each with a different story. Every one of

them deserves a second chance.

“They have all been vet checked, vaccinated and behaviour assessed to ensure they will make

great pets.”

Ms Campbell said the shelter was already contending with the annual influx of animals in the

lead up to Christmas, when parvovirus was detected last month.

“We immediately implemented stringent protocols to ensure it was contained and protect the

dogs in our care,” she said.

“This included suspending dog adoptions for over two weeks. We have since reopened but have

a backlog of healthy and happy dogs looking for new homes.

Ms Campbell said there were many reasons people surrendered their pets, including financial

hardship, travel and moving house.

There is no evidence any of the dogs currently available are unwanted Christmas presents. This

usually arises months later.

“The decision to adopt should never be impulsive. Animals are a lifelong commitment. But if

people are ready to open their hearts and their homes, please visit the RSPCA,” she said.

“We have lots of beautiful dogs – not to mention cats and rabbits – patiently waiting for their

new owner to walk through the door.

And with so much choice, the chance of finding your pawfect match has never been better.”

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