There’s been plenty of talk about State of Origin but that’s not the only interstate challenge this week. Queensland and New South Wales are going head to head in the RSPCA’s annual “State of Adoption.”

Isobel Larkin reports.


The aim of the game is to re-home as many animals as possible, from the first State of Origin game, to the last.

Queensland are the underdogs with only nine shelters in our state, while New South Wales has twelve.

Even still, we’ve been on a winning streak since the first State of Adoption kicked off.

Michael Beatty, RSPCA Qld: “It’s a terrific idea. It’s a blatant rip off, as you know, of State of Origin, but we can all have a bit of fun with that. And, on top of that, if you can re-home more animals then it’s all been worthwhile.”

Queensland hopes to take out an historic eighth title in a row, after finding homes for 2000 pets to New South Wales’ 1900 last year.

Michael Beatty, RSPCA Qld: “Last year, we did it by a cat’s whisker and this year, we’re hoping to do the same, maybe even a dog’s whisker which is slightly bigger.”

And, it’s not just dogs needing homes.

There’s cats, reptiles and many other animals looking for new families.

Michael Beatty, RSPCA Qld: “We just encourage anyone who’s looking for a pet to come to the RSPCA first because RSPCA animals really do make the best pets.”

Now Phoebe here, who’s ready to be adopted, is going to help us pick a winner.

Go on Phoebe, go, go! Queensland. That’s what I like to see.

Isobel Larkin, QUT News.