Coffs Harbour RSPCA pet adoptions up on last year as locals skip the puppy scams to adopt or foster pets

RSPCA’s Emma Van Gerven with Pickles, the Shar Pei pup.


WITH the recent focus on puppy scams, adopting your pet from the RSPCA might seem a better option.

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And it seems Coffs Coast locals are onto it, because despite this being the quietest time of the year, adoption numbers are up.

Adam Bruce, RSPCA NSW Senior Operations Manager – North Region, told News Of The Area that since July 1 this year, 35 dogs and 24 cats have been adopted from the Coffs Harbour shelter, as well as five rabbits and three birds.

“It’s heart-warming to see adoptions are up compared to this time last year,” he said.

But there are plenty more still waiting for a good home, including the adorable Pickles.

Pickles (pictured), is a six-month old Shar Pei cross with a big personality who has been in care since May.

She and the other animals available for adoption can be viewed online at

The shelter re-opened to the public in June, and the pandemic has brought some other changes.

Adam said, “It means that some adoptions may take longer than they normally would, but we are happy we are able to successfully rehome animals in loving households whilst keeping their welfare, and the welfare of everyone at our shelter, front of mind.”

And you can still feel the love if being a short-term foster carer suits you better.

“The current pandemic has impacted our volunteer numbers in some areas but we have an incredible increase of interest into our foster care network,” Adam said.

“Foster carers are essential volunteers as they help us provide temporary shelter for animals outside of the shelter environment.”

All is not lost if you’re unable to keep a pet at home.

“Although some of the volunteer positions may not have direct contact with animals…there will be opportunities for puppy and kitty cuddles during your time spent helping your local RSPCA NSW Shelter,” Adam said.


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