Where can I see what animals are available for adoption?
You can view all RSPCA Queensland animals available for adoption here. Our website refreshes every hour, so be sure to keep checking throughout the promotion!
How can I check if an animal is still up for adoption?
Our website is the best way to see if an animal is still available to adopt. The website refreshes frequently on the hour, but sometimes a pet may be in the process of being adopted while still showing online.
If you have your heart set on a certain pet, ask the front counter staff when you arrive if they are still available to adopt and where they are located on site so our volunteers can help you on the day.
Come with an open mind and heart and a few different pets in mind to avoid disappointment if particular pets are adopted prior to your visit.
Where can I adopt an animal?
Clear the Shelters is happening right across RSPCA Queensland locations. This includes RSPCA Adoption Centres, Sit Drop Shop stores, World for Pets, RSPCA Op Shops, and relevant Petbarn locations.
Standard location opening hours apply so be sure to check your location operating times here.
Can I bring my pet in to meet the animals?
Usually we have meet and greet options available for dogs to come into the shelter to meet other dogs, however, as Clear the Shelters is very busy, we cannot offer meet and greets prior to adoption for February 22-24. If you do have a pet at home, our Adoption Counsellors can advise the best way of introducing pets. We also have some information on our blog that is helpful for settling-in new pets at home and introducing dogs to each other.
How much is the adoption fee?
All RSPCA Queensland pets are $29* to adopt during Clear the Shelters. Animals which have a standard adoption fee that is less than $29 will remain at their current adoption price (eg. mice, small birds, poultry, rats and guinea pigs.)
Why aren’t adoption fees always this low?
We would love to be able to offer lower adoption fees year-round but as a charity, this simply isn’t feasible. Even when we have full price adoption fees, this only covers a portion of that individual pet’s costs in getting them ready for adoption and caring for them during their stay.
Can I put an animal on hold before I get to the centre?
RSPCA Queensland cannot place a hold on animals, as this could prevent them from going to their forever homes sooner. Adoptions are processed based upon first come, best home.
The discounted adoption rate is available from 22 to 24 February 2019 only and there are no rainchecks. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the discounted adoption price outside of the set dates. If you are adopting a pet from foster care or ones that do require property checks, if your adoption application is processed during these dates, that pet will be adopted at the promotional price.
Why is this event busy with queues and processing times?
Please be patient with our volunteers and staff on the day. Every adoption enquiry is processed as a first come, first served basis and we want to ensure each pet is a match for the potential owner with checks and procedures in place. We cannot ‘hold’ pets before you arrive as mentioned above, so make sure you: pre-register your details here to save some time on the day, open your heart to a range of pets available to adopt to avoid disappointment if the pet you had in mind is adopted prior to your visit, and book the time you wish to visit (Wacol Only).
ABOUT BOOKING AT WACOL (Brisbane Animal Care Campus)
Why do I need to book to attend at Wacol? Is it free to book?
We’ve tried to streamline your adoption experience this year as our Brisbane RSPCA Animal Care Campus at Wacol is the busiest centre we have in Queensland during this promotion. To avoid queueing and overcrowding on the day, we’ve asked potential adopters to find an hour timeslot that works for them to visit the Campus to look at pets. It is FREE to book your ticket.
This way our volunteers and staff can attend to you better on the day by having more time to answer your questions, processes adoptions, and so our pets don’t get overwhelmed with crowds around their pens.
*Please note: booking your timeslot and pre-registering to adopt is not a confirmation of a pet adoption or ‘hold’ system.
If I’m bringing my family, is it just 1 ticket?
Yes, just book 1 ticket for your group.
If I want to adopt more than one animal, is it just 1 ticket?
Yes, just book 1 ticket.
What information do you ask for when booking a ticket?
We just ask for name, phone and email when booking your visit.
What is your cut-off time to book my ticket?
You can book your spot at any time, any day, until the promotion ends at 5pm Sunday (unless timeslots have all been booked out).
Can I still attend if the online bookings are full?
Yes. There may be space that come available for you, but please be patient with our team.
What if I can’t make my timeslot?
You can cancel or change times to visit Wacol online when you reserve your initial booking via Eventbrite.
What do I need to bring to adopt?
If you are attending the Brisbane Animal Care Campus at Wacol we ask you please bring your Eventbrite booking time with you so we can allocate your visit accordingly. Bring either your printed ticket or show your ticket to our volunteers on your mobile device when you arrive.
If you are adopting at any other RSPCA location you don’t need to bring booking details.
For all adopters, please bring your ID and information about pet approval if you are renting. Only those 18 years and over can adopt a pet.
Most of our locations will have products you can purchase onsite (eg. carry cases, leads, collars, food, bowls etc) for your new companion.
Why are animals being adopted at a discount rate?
We have hundreds of animals available to adopt right across the state and some have been patiently waiting for homes for more than 100 days. Offering a discounted adoption fee is a great incentive to bring more adopters into our facilities to meet our amazing companions. Normal adoption procedures still apply, so even though the adoption fee is discounted, the same time and effort goes into matching each animal to the right family.
Won’t they just be impulse purchases at this lower adoption fee and get returned?
There is absolutely no evidence that the adoption price point has any impact on the animal’s subsequent welfare nor does it increase return rates of pets to our the RSPCA compared with other times throughout the year.
There is a lot of international and Australian research published on this topic, and RSPCA Queensland follow-ups around animals adopted during this promotion and similar adoption events we host have found excellent welfare outcomes, completely on par with regular adoption price points throughout the year.
How do you know they are going to the right home? What is the adoptions process?
We always want to ensure our pets find their perfect, forever home. No matter the promotion or adoption fee, normal adoption procedures apply so pets and owners can find the right choice for their lifestyle. Our trained Adoption Counsellors go through a rigorous process to ensure every family is the best match for that individual animal; taking into consideration that animal’s energy requirements, size, medical requirements, individual personality and needs, and so on.
An Adoption Counsellor will provide the interested adopter with details about the animal, eg. Medical procedures that pet has had like desexing, their dietary requirements, behavioural information, any medications or ongoing treatment that may be required.
Each new owner will go home with an animal health-check card. This will include important, individual information about the animal, including the date when the animal received parasite control and vaccinations. If relevant, the card will also tell the owner when the animal will need to undergo desexing stitch removal, or if ongoing parasite preventatives or vaccinations are required.
Adoption Counsellors will also provide information about introducing pets to existing pets in the home for a smooth adoption experience. More pet care advice can be found on our blog.
Our team will also run through our 14 day health policy with adopters.
Following the adoption, RSPCA Queensland is also able to provide over-the-phone support if the new owner has any questions or concerns.
Are the animals desexed and veterinary checked?
All cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, worm and flea treated. Extra medical information is provided at the time of adoption for individual pets. Other pets are also vet checked and vaccinated with appropriate identification but may not be desexed due to species. This will be discussed at point of adoption.
What if I arrive and there are no animals left to adopt?
New animals become available in our shelters each and every day so be sure to check back on our adoption page here to see what animals are currently available. The website refreshes frequently on the hour, but sometimes a pet may be in the process of being adopted while still showing online.
Having less animals available to adopt is a great thing, we can’t wait for our pets to find loving new homes rather than waiting in a shelter environment.
What happens to the animals that don’t find their homes?
Animals in our care that aren’t adopted during the promotion will still patiently wait for their new home. There is no time limit or age limit for animals looking for a second chance. This is why we run adoption promotions, to help our long-term animals find their forever homes faster.
We are also always looking for foster carers to help give pets time away from the shelter environment while they wait to be adopted.
Plus, after this event, our team will have even more time for cuddles, training and enrichment at a one-on-one level with our remaining pets in care.