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Adoption blitz begins as RSPCA SA is at ‘Cat-pacity’

If you’ve been thinking it’s time for a furry best friend, the RSPCA have the purrfect match for you.

With an all-time record 925 cats currently in care, RSPCA SA is launching an adoption blitz to make it easier for people living some distance from the Lonsdale shelter to adopt a cat. For anyone thinking of adopting a feline friend, right now is the time to do it.

There are over 200 kittens and 81 cats available to adopt today from the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter and Petbarn outlets across Adelaide. More will become available over the next weeks.

“We have truly beautiful cats of every shape, size and colour who need new homes, so we’ve decided that this month we’re going to remove all obstacles to people who might be looking to adopt, and this includes distance,” RSPCA SA’s Animal Care Manager Stuart Timmins said.

All RSPCA cats are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and behaviour and health checked. Adult cats are just $39 and kittens are $245.

“Cats are intelligent creatures and great fun to have around, and the saying that a cat makes a house a home is definitely true. We’re coming into winter, and there’s nothing like a purring cat on your lap to keep you warm.”

Currently, the Lonsdale shelter has 443 adult cats and 482 kittens a 158% increase from this time last year.

Image Source: RSPCA SA
4 year old Queso is just one of the animals hoping to leave the Lonsdale shelter soon and find his purrfect home.

For the past six months the shelter has taken in an average of 17 felines every day, this amount of new arrivals has been described by Timmins as “alarming”.

The main reasons for this influx in feline intake has been linked to new cat by-laws introduced by local councils, raised community awareness regarding stray cats, other shelters not accepting stray cats and the continued impact of kitten season from October to March.

“Around half of the increase we’re dealing with is the result of residents catching and bringing in stray cats,” Mr Timmins said.

“This has, of-course, happened ever since our shelters have been open, but never to this degree.

“As an open shelter, we will not turn homeless animals away,” Mr Timmins said.

No adoption appointment is required to adopt from RSPCA SA

RSPCA pop-up adoption locations:

Lonsdale RSPCA – 25 Meyer Rd (open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am to 3pm)

Hillcrest RSPCA Petville – 345 North East Road open weekdays 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.


  • Hendon – 113-115 Tapleys Hill Rd, Hendon. Ph 7087 2216
  • Holden Hill – 1/578 North East Road, Holden Hill. Ph 7087 2225
  • Melrose Park – Melrose Plaza – 9/1031 South Rd, Melrose Park. Ph 7087 2229
  • Mile End – 122-138 Railway Tce – Homemaker Centre, Mile End. Ph 8351 8130
  • Noarlunga – 84 Dyson Rd, Noarlunga Centre. Ph 7087 2219
  • Norwood – 31 The Parade, Norwood. Ph 8363 3255
  • Prospect – 3/252 Churchill Rd, Prospect. Ph 7087 2222

For more information see the RSPCA website.

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