Senior citizens looking for a canine companion or feline friend can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount on adoption fees for senior pets at RSPCA shelters.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the new offer is open to NSW Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holders.
“A significant proportion of the Central Coast’s population is made up of seniors and I know there are many in our community who would benefit from the company of a devoted dog or a cuddly cat,” Mr Crouch said.
“The RSPCA’s Central Coast Shelter at Somersby is offering a 50 per cent discount on adoption fees for pets aged eight years or older.
“This new partnership with the RSPCA is a fantastic deal for senior citizens on the Central Coast as well as providing a loving home for an older animal.”
Seniors who take up this offer will also receive a 10 per cent discount on veterinary treatment at RSPCA animal hospitals.
Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said free delivery of the new pet could be arranged for seniors living within 45 minutes of an RSPCA shelter.
“This is the perfect partnership between pets and people. Our furry friends improve health and wellbeing by reducing the feelings of social isolation and loneliness often experienced by seniors,” Dr Lee said.
If a senior is no longer able to look after their pet, the animal can be returned to the RSPCA or re-fostered under the free Home Ever After (HEA) program.
The 50% adoption fee discount is one of many new offers released to NSW Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holders in July.
For more information and a full list of offers, go to: www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.