RSPCA Victoria is celebrating the success of its ‘‘Clear the Shelter’’ campaign, with 634 animals adopted across the state, including several in the Benalla area.
It was the first time that RSPCA Victoria had held an adoption promotion with a flat fee of $29 for all animals, and the first time it took part in an adoption campaign simultaneously held across multiple states by fellow RSPCA member societies.
The success of the campaign, which ran from Friday, February 23, to Sunday, February 25, is unprecedented.
A similar Clear the Shelter campaign in Victoria in early 2016 saw 616 animals adopted across four days.
RSPCA Victoria chief executive officer Liz Walker said the statistics were impressive, but it was the stories behind them that made them so meaningful.
‘‘It is truly heart-warming to know that 634 animals have spent their first night at home in a new family,’’ Dr Walker said.
‘‘Our team celebrates every successful adoption, so we are obviously thrilled that we have been able to rehome such a large number of animals.
‘‘We are extremely grateful to have the support of the Victoria community, and we are very thankful for the patience and tolerance that potential adopters displayed during the incredibly busy weekend.
‘‘It is fantastic to see that more and more Victorians are choosing to adopt.
‘‘We still have sweet, affectionate animals available across Victoria, and encourage anyone interested in adoption to visit rspcavic.org’’