RSPCA NSW /PET BARN Media Release 5th March 2012
PETBARN AND RSPCA PARTNER TO REHOME MORE ANIMALS
Petbarn and RSPCA NSW are pleased to announce the launch of their long-awaited partnership program.
Beginning this month, select Petbarn stores throughout NSW will house RSPCA shelter animals awaiting
The aim of the partnership is to build RSPCA Adoption Centre ‘capsules’ in Petbarn stores. RSPCA shelter
animals will be transported to these locations and cared for in-house until they are rehomed.
Petbarn National Services Manager Mark O’Brien said the partnership comes about after three years of
“We are thrilled to be working so closely with the RSPCA on this new initiative in the hope that by
providing an additional outlet for adoptions, more animals’ lives are saved.”
At present, the agreement is for the rehoming of kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. However, future
rehoming efforts might also include pocket pets such as guinea pigs and rabbits.
RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said that while these animals will be adopted out of Petbarn stores,
Petbarn staff will follow the same adoption procedures that operate in RSPCA NSW shelters.
“The animals’ wellbeing is crucial to the success of this program,” said Mr Coleman. “They’ll be cared for
by RSPCA-accredited staff members who will follow the same strict care, enrichment and adoption
guidelines as the RSPCA.
“This partnership offers a non-traditional method for rehoming more shelter animals, which is in line
with RSPCA’s long-term strategic plan.”
Petbarn will not retain any animal adoption costs; they will be returned to the RSPCA.
Pilot programs will commence this month. Cat adoptions will take place in Petbarn stores located in
Bathurst, Brookvale, Caringbah, Chatswood and Wetherill Park. The first facility purpose-built to house
both cats and dogs will be in Dubbo and will launch in April this year.
Gail McWhinnie, Petbarn – 02 9932 2143
Annika Pattrick, RSPCA NSW – 0488 905 353