A national campaign is encouraging Australians to adopt rather than shop for a new pet.
National Pet Adoption Day on Sunday, February 4, aims to raise awareness of pet adoption options.
PETstock Engadine has joined the campaign and will host PetRescue affiliated rescue groups on the day to help rescue pets find families that will love them forever.
Gyton Grantley, one-time mobster and host of Channel TEN’s Pooches at Play, has thrown his weight behind the national campaign to unite families with abandoned animals.
Gyton, who grew up with pets and now looks after a chocolate Labrador called George, says that close to 40 per cent of homes have pets and that he hopes to encourage as many owners as possible to consider adopting their next animal, instead of purchasing.
‘‘The tide is turning when it comes to pet adoption thanks to the hard work of rescue organisations and the passionate people behind them,’’ Gyton said.
‘‘Increasing numbers of Australians are realising there are tens of thousands of homeless pets out there waiting for someone to love them, and they’re choosing to adopt.
‘‘But there’s still a lot more work to do.
‘‘I’m encouraging shire residents to attend National Pet Adoption Day at PETstock Engadine to learn more about local rescue pets and maybe even meet some beautiful pets up for adoption.
‘‘We want even more people to take the next step by adopting a pet in need and if people are unable to have a pet in their life, then we urge them to educate others on the benefits of adoption and fostering.’’
Every year, approximately 200,000 healthy pets find themselves homeless in Australia’s pounds and shelters – a statistic PETstock’s charity foundation PETstock Assist, and its major charity partner, PetRescue, are determined to change.
PETstock chief executive officer, Shane Young, says if just one in five pet seekers chose to adopt a pet instead of shop, we could end pet homelessness in Australia.
‘‘Our goal is for every rescue pet to find their forever home, and we’re getting closer,’’ he says.
‘‘PetRescue figures show the adoption of pets is increasing year-on-year, demonstrating how saving every homeless pet in Australia is possible, but we still have a way to go.’’
‘‘Last National Pet Adoption Day saw more than 500 pets find forever homes and we’re hoping to increase on this figure in 2018,’’ Shane says says.
PetRescue Co-Founder, Vickie Davy, says people may be surprised by who they find at Natinoal Pet Adoption Day.
‘‘’Pets of all types, sizes, breeds and ages will be available for adoption so everyone is sure to find their perfect match,’’ she says.
‘‘The beauty of adoption is that people can adopt a pet that’s the perfect fit for them. The rescue group can give you an overview of the animal’s behaviour and personality so you know exactly what you’re going to get – great for those wanting an animal but who may not have time to raise and train a young puppy or kitten.
‘‘Adopted pets are filled with unlimited love, affection and gratitude for their new homes.’’
Before joining their forever family, adopted pets are de-sexed, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for parasites, as well as having undergone a comprehensive veterinary assessment.
- Details: petrescue.com.au