If you’ve decided it’s time to add a furry friend to your family, make a diary date for Sunday 4 February.
That’s the day pet rescue organisations will visit PETstock stores across Australia between 10am and 2pm with animals looking for forever homes, in a bid to end pet homelessness.
The initiative, led by not-for-profit animal rescue organisation PetRescue and charity foundation PETstock Assist, is part of National Pet Adoption Day.
PETstock Chief Executive Officer, Shane Young, said about 200,000 healthy pets remained unclaimed in Australia’s pounds and shelters every year. If just one in five pet seekers chose to adopt rather than shop, pet homelessness could be eradicated nationally.
“Our goal is for every pet to find their forever home and we’re getting closer,” Mr Young said.
“Pet Rescue figures show adoption of pets is increasing – last year it rose 15 per cent – but we still have a way to go.
“Last year’s National Pet Adoption Day resulted in more than 500 pets finding homes and we’re aiming for even more this year.”
Pet Rescue Cofounder Vickie Davy said pets of all types, sizes, breeds and ages would be available on National Adoption Day, so everyone was sure to find their perfect match.
“The rescue group will give you an overview of the animal’s personality and behaviour, so you know exactly what you’re going to get – great for those wanting a four-legged friend but who may not have the time or temperament to raise and train a young puppy or kitten.
“Adopted pets have unlimited love, affection and gratitude for their new homes and can make great companions for people of all ages.
Before joining their forever family, adopted pets are de-sexed, vaccinated and treated for parasites as well as having undergone a comprehensive veterinary and behaviour assessment.
Why rescue animals make great pets
- Already trained – most rescue pets have been house pets in the past, they come toilet trained and with basic manners so you’re not starting from scratch.
- You know what you get – grown animals have developed personalities, are more mellow (and less destructive!) than a young pet.
- They have more love to give – abandoned pets are eager to become part of a loving pack and will bond with a new family as soon as they feel safe and secure.
- It’s cost effective – a rescue pet has been health-checked, de-sexed, vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.