Press Release – SPCA Auckland
Auckland SPCA’s half-price ‘Rescue Me’ animal adoptions campaign has paid off handsomely with a whopping total of 508 animals finding new homes.
The charity was at crisis point in early April – completely overrun with animals and potentially unable to provide shelter for further animals in need.
“So we offered people the chance to adopt a pet for life at half price for three weeks from 2 to 22 April, and I’m thrilled to say it was a huge success,” says SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin.
“So we want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who responded to the call and adopted an animal. Due to their kindness and generosity we now have the capacity to respond to animals who need shelter, treatment, love, and care, while they get ready for their new home for life.”
The 508 animals adopted included 229 kittens, 167 cats, 36 rabbits, 34 dogs, and 29 puppies, plus chickens, pigeons, guinea pigs and a goat.
“We have had some wonderful stories back from families that have adopted an animal and are absolutely delighted with their new family member,” says Kalin. “The fact is, animals that are treated with love, care and respect always return far more than they demand.”
Kalin says when people adopt from the SPCA, they not only rescue an animal in need, but they also get a ‘ready-made pet’ that has been vet checked, de-sexed, micro-chipped, wormed, treated for fleas, and has had initial vaccinations.
“We will continue to have a steady stream of animals ready at the village for adoption. So please, if you have room in your family for one more, come out to the SPCA Auckland Animal Village in Mangere and let one of our animals steal your heart.”
Tortoise-shell cat ‘Pepper’ was adopted during the first week of the campaign and has instantly fitted in with her new family. Her new owner describes her as energetic, playful, talkative, and curious, like “three kgs of pure dynamite on four legs”.
“She is a little sweetie, entertaining as well as lovable, and she has firmly wriggled into our lives and our hearts,” says Pepper’s new owner.