Gladstone RSPCA offering discount adoption this Sunday
RSPCA Gladstone is overflowing with animals looking for their forever homes.
And president Nicole Allison has pointed to backyard breeders as part of the problem.
Ms Allison said a lot of people were selling pets illegally, whether they were breeding animals accidentally or on purpose.
"For someone to adopt a puppy from someone online, they're encouraging backyard breeding when they can spend that money and adopt a rescue puppy," she said.
To help find a home for the dozens of cats and dogs the branch is taking care of, RSPCA Gladstone is holding a special cat and dog adoption day tomorrow.
40 cats and 57 dogs (including 17 puppies) will be put up for adoption - well over the usual cap of 35 each - at special discounted rates.
"We are inundated with animals at the moment," Ms Allison said.
GALLERY | Dogs up for adoption this weekend
"Most of our adult dog adoption fees are discounted to $99 for this adoption event as part of a Queensland-wide promotion.
"We lose huge amounts of money with these promotions as we spend (hundreds) on each animal in vetting, but our main aim is to try to find them loving homes so that we can continue saving their mates from death row in our pounds."
"(RSPCA adoption) might seem like a lot of money up front, but when you consider the big picture, $600 or $700 worth of treatment that you're getting plus being able to save a life is pretty good value," Ms Allison said.
The RSPCA Gladstone Adoption Day takes place tomorrow at two separate locations - Albert Rd, Gladstone across from the power station from 9am to midday for dogs, and at 17 Pams Ct, Beecher from 10am to 1pm for cats.
The full list of cats and dogs available to adopt on Sunday can be seen at www.adoptapet.com.au