Forget State of Origin. We’re all about the RSPCA’s take on the series.

It’s the epic battle that has New South Wales and Queensland pitted against each other — the RSPCA’s State of Adoption.

This competition is for the good of furry animals in both states with the main aim to re-home as many animals as possible between the first and last State of Origin matches. Starting on May 27 and wrapping up on July 9, QLD and NSW will go paw-to-paw in what RSPCA staff and volunteers have admitted is a blatant rip-off of the football series.

“Of course it’s a rip-off on the whole concept but if we’re re-homing more animals then it’s all worthwhile,” says RSPCA QLD spokesman Michael Beatty.

“We will start as the underdogs, if you’ll pardon the pun, because Queensland has nine shelters, while New South Wales has twelve. But Queenslanders are used to that tag and it just stirs us on.

“Once they’ve seen the fantastic animals we have up for adoption, we know they’ll find their perfect match and for us the perfect match is Queensland winning by a cat’s whisker!”

Last year saw Queensland take home the coveted State of Adoption title for the sixth year in a row, with over 2000 animals finding homes between the two states. So what will this year bring?

The competition is fierce, so take home a champion this State of Adoption!

State of Adoption runs from May 27 until July 9 at an RSPCA shelter near you. For more information click here.