This Valentines weekend show your love to some of the cute, cuddly, friendly and eager-for-a-home animals at the Marlborough SPCA.
The society is holding an open day in the form of an adopt-a-thon this Saturday from 10am to 4pm, with one-off discounted prices for animal adoptions.
There will be a bouncy castle for the kids, a sausage sizzle and light refreshments on sale throughout the day.
“We will have a whole bunch of activities throughout the day starting with kids animal-themed crafts, story time and activities from 11am,” said Marlborough SPCA office manager , Kate Horrey.
At 2pm they will hold “furry speed-dating” where people can spend time with a host of animals from both the SPCA and the community.
“We will have not only cats and dogs but also pet rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, two goats and even a horse,” said Kate.
“The idea is for people to have the chance to interact with a variety of different pets.”
The main focus of the day is to encourage people wanting a family pet to adopt from the SPCA, although there is no obligation, she said.
It is also a good chance for the society to showcase its facilities and give the public a better idea of what it does.
Adoption prices will be halved for the day, with kittens costing $60, puppies $110, cats $50 and dogs $100 each.
This includes desexing, a vet check, micro chipping, a vaccination, de-worming and de-fleaing – a large saving compared with commercial costs.
“We want to make Valentines about the animals this year, about giving them a second chance for love,” said Kate.
“It would also be a good first date.”