RSPCA Queensland tries new approach to increase rehoming for cats and dogs

Courier News: “THE Queensland branch of the RSPCA has broken ranks with the organisation interstate by selling refuge animals in commercial pet shops.

Cats and dogs from RSPCA shelters go on sale today at Petbarn in Lawnton, just north of Brisbane, and the RSPCA’s World for Pets Superstore at Springwood in Logan City, south of Brisbane.

If the trial is successful, other Petbarns and pet shops across the state will be offered RSPCA animals…..”


DRP comment: the article speaks about the RSPCA ‘selling’ animals, but we consider this an innacurate label to a trial designed to rehome more rescued animals AND replace traditional pet shop sourced puppies and kittens. RSPCA Queensland CEO Mark Townend told us:

I picked 4 pet shops that I were believed were “good” examples of pet shops and then sent our Scientific Officer out to inspect the premises with an extensive checklist. The pet shop owners were aware of why we were doing the Inspection and were very open to us.  At this point we started with just one of those pet shops.

I really believe it can make a differences by getting undesexed animals from unknown sources out of petshops and replace them with desexed RSPCA animals that need a home.

This has been done completely independently of PIAA.”

We say: “Well done RSPCA Queensland”

Tell us what you think! We’re interested in your views!


11 thoughts on “RSPCA Queensland tries new approach to increase rehoming for cats and dogs

  1. Marie H February 11, 2009 / 1:20 pm

    The RSPCA Qld is doing the same as what AWL Qld has been doing, successfully, for some time.

    They select quality pet shops (that do not commercially sell puppies & kittens) as a venue for bringing their dogs & cats for adoption, to the attention of the public.

    This differs from the ‘commercial’ sale, in that there is background vet work done on the animals (& documented) like desexing & vaccinating. Also ID is ensured via microchipping.

    There is also the usual screening of new owhers by the welfare organisations with all-important support re aftercare.

    This way of presenting ‘rescue’ pets for adoptiion overcomes the problem of travelling long distances to get to a shelter. Also many people find it too distressing to go to a shelter & pick out one animal, leaving so many behind.

    It’s an excellent idea, overall.

  2. Karen McMillan February 11, 2009 / 6:51 pm

    when i first read this I was shocked, the breaking ranks thing got me.
    However, upon more thought, yes it’s good.
    The AWL does this well, the owners of the pet shops they use are fantastic people who really do care about animal welfare and they are open for ongoing assessment.
    Anything that really does improve the current system of killing is good, the ownership problem will also be addressed as the microchipping is one thing that really does work.

  3. deathrowpets February 16, 2009 / 3:19 pm

    Thank you!.We don’t see it as breaking ranks at all. We see it as trying another way to get people to rehome a needy animal as a first choice, rather than going for yet another pet shop puppy or kitten in the cycle of endless breeding and promotion.
    We know AWL in Queensland have had much success with this, so good on RSPCA Queensland for trying.

  4. Marie H February 18, 2009 / 3:36 pm

    RSPCA Qld’s venture in rehoming via pet supply stores, is being overviewed via a special scholarship at the University of Qld Business School.

    This is a unique combining of marketing with the ethical aims for the welfare of the animals involved. As well as researching the venture.

    Full information is in the University of Qld News.

    Interestingly, the Centre for Companion Animal Health , also at the University of Qld , has a research priority of investigating & making suggestions re the ‘terrible’ numbers of dogs & cats PTS in pounds/shelters.

  5. Mel February 23, 2009 / 10:58 am

    Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Victoria have been doing this for over a year with Pets at Home. They even bring in the staff from the pet shops so they can learn additional skills & get an understanding of how things are done in the shelter.

    I agree that Shelters can be distressing places to visit for some people. I think that these initiatives combine the best from both of these two very different worlds. Suurely it must lead to further successful adoptions – ahhh if only there was some standardised data collection occurring nationally :)

  6. the Responsible Pet Owner March 10, 2009 / 11:03 am

    One way to help alleviate the situation we face with pets being left to face their last breath alone… is to begin responsible pet ownership education at the youngest age we can. Rasing children to believe or know, that pets are a lifelong commitment is the most important. Helping adults with how to teach them is also important. Schools can get involved by creating pet clubs or groups, they can teach humane educaiton in the classrooms.

    We have a sad situation when pets are left to die alone. Statistics can show us the current problems we face and we need to know what those stats are. At the same time, responsible pet ownership skills need to be taught so both issues are addressed at the same time.

    Save as many pets as possible, educate as many people as possible, raise our children as quickly as we can to be responsible pet owners. Keep reporting, keep blogging, keep networking and we will be part of the positive change.

    I think it could be important to note, that its the life we save that counts. Not where we save, or how, but that the pets life is saved. There isn’t an ideal refuge point of sale/adoption place for many to turn to. Maybe by raising awareness at these shops, the public will see what can happen if a pet is given up, they need to be re-homed. It would be ideal to think that these new owners would then offer a rescue pet a forever home based on their experience.

  7. Tracey March 30, 2010 / 4:26 pm

    Looks like the RSPCA boss – second from left – has opened his first envelope because things are getting problematic for him. He is complaining about negative comments about RSPCA on the Internet Google “rspca corruption” or “rspca poodles” or “stanford prison experiment” to fine out more.

    The two envelopes:
    The then priminister Bob Hawk left Paul Keating two envelopes. The first to open when things got bad for him. The second for when things got really bad. When he opened the first it, it said “blame everyone else for your problems” which of course Paul Keating did. When things got really bad he opened the second envelope which said “prepare two envelopes”

    The Boss at RSPCA is not far from getting the sack!

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