At RSPCA Qld we do everything we can to find homes for over 44,000 animals who walk through our doors each year. We understand that it’s not always possible for people to visit one of our shelters, which makes the work of our Community Outreach team particularly important. Our dedicated Community Outreach team continue to play an integral role in increasing the number of animals we rehome outside of the shelter environment through developing a series of programs within the community.
Pet Barn Adoption Program
Working closely with 17 Pet Barn adoption stores in Brisbane and regional locations, who house and rehome RSPCA cats, has played an important role in increasing our adult cat adoptions. With 8 more Metro and Gold Coast Pet Barn adoption stores opening their doors to RSPCA animals over the coming year, we hope to see even more cats at our Pet Barn locations finding their furever home soon.
Adopt from Foster Program
Through the Adopt from Foster program, our Community Outreach team aim to find permanent homes for the many RSPCA animals in foster care. Over the past year approximately 215 animals in foster care found a permanent home as a result of this program.
Kitty City at World for Pets Springwood
Our Community Outreach team are also responsible for our Kitty City at the RSPCA World for Pets store at Springwood, which aims to rehome slightly more introverted cats. Our adoption volunteers make great headway with confidence building and preparing these cats for their new home. With the new Kitty City opening at the end of 2014, there will be the capacity to house and home a greater number of cats within the World for Pets store.
Pop-up Adoption Days
Establishing partnerships within the community to facilitate pop up adoption days outside of the shelter environment is a key focus for our Community Outreach team. For example, in collaboration with our partner, Retail First, we held a Pop-up Adoption day at the Toowong Shopping Centre for ten days, where we adopted out over 20 kittens during the school holiday period in January 2014. This promotion was the start of an ongoing plan to host more Pop-up adoption centres within the Retail First shopping centres.