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If you've ever been hankering for a pet, but never had the cash to stump up the adoption fee, the RSPCA has got your back.
The animal organisation will this weekend launched its annual 'Clear The Shelters' sale, meaning a vast array of animals will be available with a fee of only $29.
There are more than 700 animals up for sale in New South Wales, including dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, turkeys, ducks and horses.
May we repeat: you can get your very own horse for less than a family meal at a fast food restaurant. One of the horses up for grabs is called Charlie and he's a 17-year-old miniature. How amazing would that be? Provided you had a suitable environment to care for him, of course.
If you wanted to go even more off-piste with your pets, you could pick up Sheepy the nine-month-old sheep - again, as long as you have a home loving and big enough to accommodate an animal like that.
The RSPCA said: "Even though the $29 adoption fee does not come close to covering the cost of treating and caring for the animals, you can't put a price on finding forever homes for animals in need."
Particular mention goes to Kevin, the Great Dane x Mastiff who was one of the few animals not to be adopted during last year's big sale.
He's been in a shelter for a little more than 100 days and looks like he would adore a forever home. He's currently in a foster care home, but the RSCPA's Ashley Stephenson is hoping 'this year is his lucky year'.
The adoption drive will begin this Friday and will last for three days.
Last year, a whopping 2,654 animals were adopted across the state, which is a bloody good effort. Folks at the organisation have their fingers and toes crossed that we'll see a similar sign-up in 2020.
Ashley Stephenson added: "This weekend we want people looking for a new family member to consider adopting, not shopping."
So, if you're dying for a pet who won't cost the Earth then this weekend could be the best bet. Make sure though that you're fully equipped for a new pet and committed to looking after an animal for years.
A pet is for life, not just the weekend.
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