RSPCA Pet Adoption Week

Posted on: 06 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

The RSPCA have asked anyone interested in giving an animal a much-needed start in life, to follow television presenter Kate Humble’s example as Pet Adoption Week (PAW) gets underway.


The presenter of Autumn Watch, Spring Watch and Animal Park, recently adopted Badger, a crossbreed terrier from the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre.

Badger was severely underweight when he first arrived at the centre, but after some tender loving care he’s looking forward to a happier, healthier life.

“RSPCA Pet Adoption Week is vital for ensuring as many animals as possible get a really good second start in life," says Kate.  “If you give an animal like Badger a new home you give him new hope.  It’s brilliant and I’ve loved every minute of adopting my dog."

"If you know you’re ready for the responsibility of looking after a pet, it’s the most rewarding thing you can do.”

PAW runs all this week until Sunday, 15th June and the RSPCA is hoping to find homes for a whole host of animals and breeds.

Professionally trained staff work hard to rehabilitate all animals in the Society’s care. Before they can be adopted, each animal has a behavioural assessment and health check to help match them with the right new owner.

At any one time, the RSPCA has hundreds of animals looking for loving new homes, from large horses to tiny mice – and everything in between.

Each year the RSPCA rehomes around 70,000 animals that are either unwanted pets that have been dumped, victims of cruelty or neglect, or have been handed over by those whose circumstances have changed.

RSPCA animal centres and branches will be holding open days and other events throughout PAW, so check with your local centre to see what’s going on in your area.

A survey carried out by the RSPCA showed that 89% of people in Great Britain who have adopted a pet said it was a good experience and 87% of people said they would recommend adopting a pet to others.

Why not visit one of the RSPCA's many adoption centres during Pet Adoption Week 2008?  For an information pack about adopting an animal from the RSPCA, call the dedicated Pet Adoption Week phone line on 0300 123 8484, or visit www.rspca.org.uk/paw.

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