In response to the lockdown on non-essential services and activities in South Australia from midnight tonight, RSPCA South Australia has announced the following:
• Lonsdale shelter will remain open for adoptions by appointment only. Please see further information below.
• Intake of surrendered animals by owners is suspended at all three shelters
• Onkaparinga District Cat Desexing Programme (due to resume tomorrow) is suspended
• All Op Shops will be closed
• Volunteering is suspended
• Dog Training classes are suspended
• Intake of new animals for boarding is suspended
The Lonsdale shelter will remain open for adoption bookings until 7:00pm tonight. As occurred during Victoria’s lockdown, RSPCA South Australia expects to be allowed to continue to adopt animals during the next six days.
Bookings will remain essential and anyone interested in adopting an animal from the Lonsdale shelter is advised to regularly check the RSPCA South Australia website as new animals are posted online daily – https://www.rspcasa.org.au/adopt-a-pet/
The Lonsdale shelter will also remain open for the intake of stray animals from members of the public.
The Whyalla and Port Lincoln shelters will also continue to take in stray animals during the lockdown, but will not be open for adoptions or intake of surrendered animals. (Opening hours can be found at –https://www.rspcasa.org.au/services/shelters/)
It is essential to phone ahead of arrival at any of the shelters, to ensure staff are available to admit stray animals.
Anyone attending at the shelters (for any purpose) is required to wear a mask, and must not attend if feeling unwell or if they have recently been in one of the COVID hotspots identified by SA Health.
RSPCA South Australia staff involved in non-essential services will be working from home.
Vets and vet nurses are classified as essential services and can travel to work. The organisation is seeking clarification from the government on the classification of the following staff:
• Shelter staff directly involved in animal husbandry and care (There are currently more than 300 animals in care within RSPCA South Australia’s three shelters.)
• Animal Welfare Inspectors and Rescue Officers RSPCA South Australia CEO Paul Stevenson said he is confident the above workers meet criteria as essential services that must continue during the lockdown, as occurred during Victoria’s lockdown. However, the organisation is awaiting final direction from the State government.
Anyone who has lost a pet is advised to first call their local council to check if the pet has been impounded. If the pet has been brought into RSPCA South Australia’s care as a stray, it can be collected from the shelter during opening hours, located here.
RSPCA PetVille at Hillcrest will remain open for click-and-collect purchases of essential pet supplies.
Any further changes to operations will be shared on RSPCA South Australia’s Facebook page.
Anyone wishing to support the charity in its rescue and care of
animals during this time can donate to the current RSPCA Guardian Angel Christmas appeal. rspcaguardianangel.com.au