RSPCA shelters reopen as the Rescue Run nears the finish line

The RSPCA is encouraging NSW residents to participate in the Rescue Run to help animals in need. Photo: RSPCA NSW/Facebook.

By TILEAH DOBSON

Those who enjoy exercise and supporting a good cause still have time to join the RSPCA Rescue Run before its last day on 31 October. The initiative involves participants raising money by running, walking or rolling 67km to support the RSCPA’s inspectors. Participants can sign up at rspcarescuerun.org.au and will receive a personal fundraising page, with access to resources in order to share your progress with family and friends.

The aim of the Rescue Run is to represent the estimated 67 domestic animals experiencing cruelty in NSW every day. With every dollar raised for the Rescue Run, inspectors will be able to continue their mission of protecting animals.

RSCPA fundraising manager Inbar Millo is encouraging the community to participate in the Rescue Run.

“Every participant in the RSPCA Rescue Run is a step closer to helping every animal in need,” Millo said.

“RSPCA NSW inspectors investigate over 14,000 cruelty reports each year and are empowered to do so by the generous support of the community.”

Those who are concerned they will be unable to finish the 67km in full need not worry. The challenge can be completed over multiple days. Participants can share their progress over social media with the RSCPA by tagging @RSPCANSW and using the hashtag #rescuerun.

So far, $124,504 of this year’s $150,000 goal has been raised, with 806 individuals participating in the fundraiser.

The Rescue Run’s aim is to help support inspectors who can continue their mission of protecting animals in need. Video: RSPCA/Vimeo.

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Shelters reopen

And this is not the only good news coming from the RSPCA. Shelters across NSW commenced reopening yesterday, Tuesday, 26 October. These shelters were closed to the public during the state’s four-month lockdown.

However, only members of the public who are fully vaccinated will be able to visit these shelters. The reopening has sparked excitement for both employees and animals alike as they await their potential forever homes.

The RSPCA is committed to following Covid-19 safety protocols to protect both the public and the animals in their charge. Following health advice from the NSW Government, the RSPCA will continue using their online application forms during adoption processes. They are encouraging potential adopters to use their website to see which animals are available for adoption.

Older animals are reported to be the least likely to be adopted from shelters. Photo: RSPCA NSW/Facebook.

Once submitted, their team will peruse your online application and contact you to discuss matters such as lifestyle, experience and the needs of the animal. These steps are necessary in order for the RSPCA to ensure a great match between animals and adopters.

If successful, the RSPCA team will allocate an appointment at the selected shelter in order for you to meet and bond with your new friend and complete the adoption process.

Shelters are now open in Sydney (Yagoona), the Hunter region (Rutherford), the Illawarra (Unanderra), the Blue Mountains (Katoomba), Coffs Harbour and the Central West (Orange).

Tileah Dobson is the news editor of the Sydney Sentinel.