Central Coast Mariners’ defender, Antony Golec has signed on to assist RSPCA NSW with their ‘Clear the Shelters’ initiative where potential adopters can visit their local RSPCA to adopt an animal for just $29.
A cat lover at heart, Golec has become an ‘Adoption Advocate’ for the RSPCA who will not only help raise awareness for the RSPCA’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ initiative, but also spend his spare time volunteering in the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah.
On average, the RSPCA is filling up with 100 animals entering their care every day. Some animals in RSPCA NSW’s care have been waiting for new families for more than 200 days. The discount offered during the ‘Clear the Shelters’ campaign aims to bring more adopters into RSPCA NSW’s facilities to meet their fantastic residents to ultimately find them safe homes.
Growing up, the imposing centre-back had a cat named Simba and currently has a kitty named Nallah. Although cats are Antony’s animal of choice, he also has two Pomeranians named Mia & Ace.
Today at the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah, Antony was introduced to four of the resident cats, as well as eight kittens where he was unveiled as the RSPCA’s newest ‘Adoption Advocate’.
Antony’s newest charitable venture came when he approached the RSPCA and asked if he could be involved and make a difference after visiting their care centres on the Central Coast.
“I love animals, I grew up with cats and dogs so for me it was a no-brainer to get involved in such a great cause,” Golec said. “I have a soft spot for animals so it was a really easy decision for me.
“The care centre here at Tuggerah is really close to the training ground so to be able to come here and help out after training or on days off and to play with the animals is really exciting. I want to be able to help out as much as possible, whether it’s taking the dogs for a walk or to help promote rescue animals that need a home, the bonus is being able to play with the animals!
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“There are a lot of animals out there that unfortunately people take on board and can’t look after them, so they need all the love and care they can get – they can bring a lot of love and excitement to your life so it’s not a hard decision to make,” Golec said.
Louise Bromly, Manager of the Tuggerah Care Centre spoke about the excitement of having Antony’s support.
“It’s really exciting to have Antony on board,” Louise said. “He can really help us spread the word about our Clear the Shelters promotion this weekend so we can find these animals their forever homes.
“This is a great promotion because it gives people who are thinking about adopting an animal an incentive to pop on down to the RSPCA and find the next companion for their family.
“Adopting an animal is a life-long commitment so although the prices are reduced, people just need to make sure they are prepared to spend the animal’s whole life with them and that it’s not a rushed decision.
“Antony was absolutely perfect with the cats here today so I have no doubt that he will be walking out of here with a few cats in no time,” Louise said.
Quick facts about the RSPCA ‘Clear the Shelters’ promotion
- RSPCA’s Clear the Shelters’ Promotion runs from February 23 – February 25
- Last year saw NSW alone rehome a record-breaking 753 animals during Clear the Shelters, which was 90% of animals available for adoption
- RSPCA Tuggerah staff do follow up calls for each animal adopted out
- A large majority of people find out about Clear the Shelters promotion from social media
- Animals are $29 to adopt. All animals with an adoption fee less than $29 will be free.
- Normal adoption procedures apply, so even though the adoption fee is discounted, the same time and effort goes into matching each animal to the right family. For example, a dog who prefers a quiet, mature household may not be well-suited to a home with young children.