RSPCA’s half-price offer to attract cat lovers

THE love and companionship of a cat is priceless, and for a while you can adopt a purr-fect friend for half price at the Orange RSPCA shelter.

There are 106 cats and kittens at the Orange shelter, and an overload of cats at shelters across the state, so the RSPCA has launched a half price deal.

Until Tuesday April 30, all cats will be $85, with kittens available for $100.

Shelter manager Marissa Clifford said many cats and kittens were in urgent need of a new family.

“Kitten season used to be October to now, but it seems to have spread out a lot,” she said.

“There’s not really a time we don’t have them.”

Ms Clifford said a cat could fall pregnant at just five months old, and could become pregnant again as soon as it had given birth, having between one and nine kittens at a time.

“When all the shelters fill up this is why we do this [have a sale], so we don’t have to euthanise and we can re-home them,” she said.

Ms Clifford said the average life span of a cat was 15 years, so, despite their need for adoption, she said it was not a decision to be taken lightly.

“It’s absolutely a lifetime commitment and a great option if you have already decided to welcome one into your family,” she said.

“It’s definitely not a spur-of-the-moment decision.

“There are a lot of facts to consider when bringing a new pet into your home.”

Orange RSPCA is at 71 William Street and is open from 10am to 3.30pm every day except Tuesdays.

For more information call the shelter on 6362 6171.

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