South Australians are being urged to adopt more animals as the spread of the coronavirus could impact those in animal care operations.

With staffing numbers at risk from the spread of the pandemic, RSPCA South Australia have called on South Aussies to help out by adopting a pet into a loving home.

Starting today, adoption fees at RSPCA’s centres are being reduced in an attempt to find homes for more cats and dogs.

The past three weeks has seen a 16 per cent increase in the number of animals in RSPCA’s care, with more than 400 kittens in need of a new home.

Meanwhile online bookings will be introduced for those who wish to visit shelters in an attempt to practise social distancing.

RSPCA SA’s chief Paul Stevenson said that the virus has the potential to close down shelters, a trend that is already happening in the US.

“This virus is impacting on multiple fronts, leaving us with more animals and less people and funds to care.”

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“Our animal operations are at a critical point.”