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RSPCA Wacol – Should You Take Your Kids?

Thinking about adopting a new furry family member from the animal adoption centre at RSPCA Wacol?

If you’re thinking of taking the kids along to help you choose the coolest cat or dog with the waggiest tail but you’re worried about traumatising them with rows upon rows of caged, miserable, traumatised or dangerous death row animals then you can stop worrying right now.  All animals at the RSPCA Wacol adoption centre have undergone vigorous health and temperament checks.  The animals are happy and healthy, just waiting for a pat, scratch or cuddle – with no grubby wire cages to be seen.

The real reason you shouldn’t take your kids to RSPCA Wacol

There is another reason that you might not want to take your kids along to RSPCA Wacol though.  First opened in 2012, the RSPCA Wacol centre looks and feels like you’re visiting a trendy pet super store set amongst beautiful native gardens.  Not only is it populated with extremely lucky, unwanted and stray animals, it also has a café, op shop and pet supply store.  If you do decide to take the kids along, be prepared to spend the whole day, don’t even think about taking the kids if you’re in a rush.

These damnably cute and adorable animals simply demand to be oohed, ahhed and fussed over by children and kids-at-heart.  Every.  Single.  One.  And there are literally hundreds of animals available for adoption, cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and other small animals, so it could take some time.

You’ll also need to master your negotiating skills if you plan on taking the kids along to RSPCA Wacol unless you’re keen to come home with several new family members from every species up for adoption.

3 reasons you should take the kids with you


All jokes aside, adopting a pet is a long term commitment for your family both in terms of ongoing medical and food costs, but it also impacts upon things like family holidays too.  Do you know a reliable pet sitter or can you afford to board your animals while you holiday?

If you are thinking about adopting a family pet from the RSPCA Wacol there are 3 very good reasons the kids should come along with you:

  1. You need to choose a pet with a temperament that suits your family. Not every rescued cat and dog is comfortable with crazy, noisy kid love.  RSPCA staff and volunteers can help guide you towards a pet who will flourish and blossom with kids around.
  2. It allows kids to see that taking on a pet is a very real and very big responsibility when they can see that each and every pet at the RSPCA up for adoption was once either unwanted by their owners or rescued as stray.
  3. Life experience is important for kids. Seeing the facilities, animals and volunteers at RSPCA Wacol may be the very thing that sparks a passion in your child to study veterinary science or get involved with protecting our native animals, volunteering or helping to fundraise for organisations such as the RSPCA.

Adopt a new furry family member and help a great cause at the same time

While the RSPCA at Wacol may look and feel like a pet store, the reality is far warmer and fuzzier than a mere pet shop.  When you adopt from an RSPCA centre such as Wacol, you’re giving an animal a second chance and helping an organisation to find furr ever homes for even more animals.  The RSPCA in Queensland alone adopted out 17 882 animals over 2015-2016

While you’re at the RSPCA Brisbane Animal Care Campus in Wacol, be sure to stock up on all your new pets needs at their World for Pets superstore, grab a coffee and a bit to eat at their café and hunt for a bargain at their onsite op shop.  All proceeds go back into helping to continue the good work that happens at the RSPCA Wacol, Brisbane.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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