All these rescue pets wanted for Christmas was a new family.
Following The Advocate’s feature on the 12 dogs of Christmas and 12 Cats of Christmas, some lucky animals found their forever homes.
At the RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Devonport six of the cats that were featured found their adoptive families.
Deborah Brockett said there were a few kittens given to children for Christmas while others were people looking for a while to get a feline friend.
“The funniest thing that happened was two people in their early twenties couldn’t decide between Toby or Percy,” she said.
They adopted one cat then their mother came back for the other one, so everyone got a home.
Cat adoptions are picking up again as people return from holidays ready to commit to a new pet.
The RSPCA are always looking for people to be foster families for young kittens as they need to be about 10 weeks old before being desexed and ready for permanent adoption.
“The RSPCA supply everything, they just need your love and attention,” Ms Brockett said.
Foster families need to have hard flooring at home to accommodate messy kittens and ensure other cats are vaccinated.
At the Devonport Dog’s Home, there were also some adoption success stories with two of the three dogs featured finding homes.
Supervisor at the Devonport Dog’s Home Jan Reinke said there were fewer stray dogs found after Christmas than expected.
“People go away on holidays and leave them in care of other people and the dog could go looking for original owner.
“We’ve also had a few surrenders due to people moving houses.”
The Devonport Dog’s Home allow prospective pet owners to have an adoption trial.
The home takes care of the vet care and does not charge a fee for the trial.
“It’s a nice settling in period to see if they’ve made the right decision.
“Not many come back after that period.”[“Source-theadvocate”]