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RSPCA is at Cat-pacity and needs more humans


RSPCA NSW’s Hunter Shelter is over cat-pacity with more than 160 cats needing a new fur-ever home. 

In a bid to find their purr-fect human, the centre is offering would-be pet owners in the Hunter region reduced adoption fees until Sunday 25 April.

Polly is a 6-month-old domestic short-haired kitten available for adoption at the Hunter shelter

RSPCA NSW senior operations manager Adam Bruce says the latest adoption drive is a timely reminder that pets should not be a seasonable acquisition.

“We like to say ‘adopt don’t shop’,” he said.

“It’s one way we, as a community, can help deal with unethical breeders.”

The Rutherford-based centre currently has 50 felines available for adoption, with 110 still undergoing processing.

Twenty-eight per cent of the cats are former strays, or cats that have been impounded by Hunter councils.

Thirty-nine per cent are currently undertaking vet checks, awaiting surgery or are under quarantine.

“Our cats and kittens are from various walks of life,” Mr Bruce said.

“Just like humans they have their own personalities and traits which is why we suggest you drop in and speak to the team, arrange a meet-and-greet, so we can help you find your paw-fect match.

“The cats want to choose an owner just as much as the owner wants to.”

Sadie is an RSPCA Golden Oldie at 10-years-old

Mr Bruce said all RSPCA cats are adopted complete with microchipping, vaccinations, are desexed, have up-to-date parasite control and medical clearance.

“We’ve got cats of all ages, from playful kittens right up to our golden oldies who are more settled down,” he said.

“It’s important to find one with the same temperament as yourself.”

From Friday 16 April until Sunday 25 April the adoption fees have been reduced from $180 to $100 for adult cats and $230 down to $150 for kittens.

Over 660 cats and kittens are currently in care across the state.

Shelters continue to see high numbers of cats coming into care through Inspectorate operations, strays and impound and emergency boarding.

Cats and kittens available for adoption can be viewed online at or at an RSPCA shelter or care centre.

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