12 Strays of Christ­mas

Give a lov­ing an­i­mal the best gift of all – a home

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PETS are a favourite Christ­mas present for young fam­i­lies and cou­ples look­ing to wel­come a new soul into their home.

But be­fore you knock on the door of a breeder, think about how you can bring new joy into your home and save a life at the same time. There are hun­dreds of an­i­mals in shel­ters who would love noth­ing bet­ter than to cud­dle up with you on a cold night and of­fer you their com­pan­ion­ship.

Quite sim­ply, you can cre­ate a Christ­mas mir­a­cle.

The RSPCA shel­ter in Malaga has 292 an­i­mals in its care, in­clud­ing some in com­mu­nity foster care. On this page are 12 ter­rific adop­tion op­tions – our 12 Strays of Christ­mas.

This year alone, it has adopted 905 an­i­mals in need of a lov­ing home.

“An­i­mals who re­quire re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion can spend any­where from eight weeks to sev­eral months or much longer in our care,” said Alex Ne­bi­gin, the me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor for RSPCA WA. “No mat­ter how long it takes, RSPCA WA will ex­plore all med­i­cal and be­havioural av­enues to en­sure an­i­mals in our care are given the best chance of find­ing lov­ing new homes.”

Peo­ple who aren’t in a po­si­tion to adopt a new pet, but want to help a home­less an­i­mal can sup­port RSPCA’s Guardian An­gel Ap­peal. Visit the Guardian An­gel web­site to be matched with an an­i­mal in care at the RSPCA. To adopt an an­i­mal:

Call the adop­tions team on (08) 9209 9300 or drop in to the An­i­mal Care Cen­tre in Malaga, which is open 10am to 5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day and 10am to 4pm on Satur­day, Sun­day and pub­lic hol­i­days.

To see all an­i­mals wait­ing for a sec­ond chance, visit adop­tapet.com.au

RALPHIE Kelpie - Male, 1 Ralphie has come all the way from Kal­go­or­lie af­ter be­ing aban­doned. He’s a big boy with an even big­ger heart. Ralphie is clever and al­ready knows how to ‘sit’ and ‘lay down’. He’d do any­thing for a treat so is a quick learner. He loves wa­ter and would en­joy hit­ting the beach with his new owner. He could live with older chil­dren.

ANDY Labrador – Male, 8 Andy is a hand­some and play­ful boy. He can be a bit clumsy at times, so is guar­an­teed to bring some joy and laughs into your fam­ily. He’s con­fi­dent and would thrive in a home with rou­tine and strong guid­ance. Andy can be a bit ex­citable, so would pre­fer a home with older kids. He could also live with a calm, fe­male dog.

RIZZO THE RAT Rat – Fe­male, age un­known Rizzo the rat is a pretty low-main­te­nance black and white lady. All she needs to stay happy is fresh wa­ter, pel­lets and veg ev­ery day, and a nice clean cage to live in. Rizzo is a clever girl who loves to keep busy and en­rich her life with toys. She will pro­vide hours of en­ter­tain­ment play­ing in her cage and en­joy­ing rat-friendly foodie treats.

PATCHES Do­mes­tic short hair – Fe­male, 3 Patches is a friendly and out­go­ing cat who was aban­doned by her pre­vi­ous own­ers. She hasn’t let the past get her down and is now pa­tiently wait­ing for her luck to turn around when a new owner ar­rives to take her home. Patches is a con­fi­dent lady who will not be shy about let­ting you know when it’s time for cud­dles.

FRANKI & FELI­CIA Do­mes­tic short hair – fe­males, 1 year / 6 months Feli­cia and her baby girl Franki are look­ing for their purr-fect new home. The sweet fe­lines were very timid when they ar­rived at the RSPCA, but with plenty of love, they’ve learnt to trust hu­mans again. Franki and Feli­cia are in­sep­a­ra­ble and will need to be re­homed to­gether.

RICK THE ROOSTER Dutch Ban­tam - Male, age un­known Rick is a hand­some brightly-coloured red and yel­low rooster with his own spe­cial per­son­al­ity. He’s an out­go­ing boy and doesn’t mind be­ing han­dled, but mainly en­joys sim­ple plea­sures like re­lax­ing in the sun. If you’d like to adopt Rick, please bring a box or carry cage with you to safely trans­port Rick to his new home.

BELLA Boxer – Fe­male, 4 Part-goof­ball and part-sweet­heart, she’d make a great run­ning buddy but once you set­tle in for the night she’ll make it clear how much she loves a cud­dle. Bella can be a bit wary of new peo­ple, so she needs a pa­tient fam­ily in her new home. She would love to be the only dog and is best suited to a home with no chil­dren.

BON­NIE Do­mes­tic medium hair – Fe­male, 11 weeks Bon­nie is a sweet lit­tle kit­ten, who can be a bit shy to start with, but once she’s used to you and set­tled, Bon­nie will hap­pily spend the day purring away on your lap en­joy­ing all the at­ten­tion. She has a play­ful side too and loves to keep busy with toys and be given the oc­ca­sional cat-friendly treat to en­cour­age that lov­ing bond.

ZEUS Kelpie – Male, 7 months Zeus’s nick­name is ‘cud­dle bunny’ be­cause of his af­fec­tion­ate na­ture. He’s a lit­tle pocket rocket with oo­dles of en­ergy, but he lives for love and pats. Zeus was sur­ren­dered to RSPCA with a sore and in­fected eye. He’s fully re­cov­ered and is ready for his sec­ond chance. Zeus will need a pa­tient fam­ily will­ing to in­vest time in his train­ing.

TIM­O­THY Abyssinian – Male, 10 weeks Tim­o­thy is a shy lit­tle fel­low who will need time to set­tle. With con­fi­dent han­dling and time to bond with his new owner, Tim­o­thy will flour­ish into the per­fect com­pan­ion. He’ll need a se­cure hutch and plenty of fresh wa­ter, pel­lets and veg daily. Guinea Pigs love com­pany, so Tim­o­thy would do best if re­homed with his brother, Ter­rance.

SNOWY Do­mes­tic short hair – Male, 8 Poor Snowy thought he was go­ing to his fur-ever home back in 2012, when he was first adopted. But, un­for­tu­nately, cir­cum­stances changed and Snowy has found him­self back at RSPCA. Snowy is a sim­ple gent, who’s just look­ing for a lov­ing home where he can re­lax in the sun or on the couch en­joy­ing a good chin rub.

RAOUL Lop Eared – Male, age un­known Raoul just loves hu­man com­pany and can’t wait to shower his new owner with plenty of bunny cud­dles and kisses. In his new home, Raoul will need a safe hutch or en­clo­sure where he can stay cool in sum­mer and snug­gly in win­ter. Raoul loves munch­ing on fruit and ve­g­ies and would en­joy fresh wa­ter and pel­lets ev­ery day.

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