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Surge in pet ‘adoptions’

Half-price discount for seniors to reduce isolation during pandemic

THE number of ‘Covid-Pet’ adoptions is rising and while it is hard to resist the cuteness of a puppy or a kitten, there are plenty of advantages to adopting an older dog or cat instead.
While senior pets occasionally come with their own issues, they don’t always need the same amount of training or rigorous exercise required by a younger animal.
NSW seniors looking for a canine companion or a feline friend, can also take advantage of a 50 per cent discount on adoption fees for senior pets, aged over eight years, at RSPCA NSW shelters.
Acting Minister for Seniors, Geoff Lee, says the offer is open to NSW Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holders.
“Whether it’s a devoted dog or a cuddly cat, our furry friends improve health and wellbeing by reducing the feelings of social isolation and loneliness often experienced by seniors,” Mr Lee said.
RSPCA NSW spokesperson Kieran Watson says the RSPCA is committed to finding the right homes for the right animals.
“The Seniors for Seniors program gives seniors in our community greater access to animal companionship while highlighting some of our affectionately nicknamed ‘golden oldies’ in our care,” he said.
“If you are interested in providing a forever home for some of our older residents, please visit our website [rspcansw.org.au] to see what pets are available to adopt from our Sydney Shelter.”
The offer includes a 10 per cent discount on veterinary treatment at RSPCA NSW hospitals and is among a number of new offers available to NSW Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holders this month. Details: seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.