To help with this, olympian, television personality and animal rescue advocate Giaan Rooney is heading up the national campaign encouraging Australians to adopt not shop for pets. Giaan, who grew up raising rescues, is urging Australians to adopt differently in 2020; to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to animal adoption and consider a pet they haven’t before.
“It was love at first sight with my most recent rescue, Lester,” she says. “Despite being one leg short, Lester was the perfect dog: obedient, easy to train, loving and grateful. He gave me so much and wanted so little in return. His passing last year still makes me tear up today. Our family will certainly be rescuing again when we’re ready for a new pet, and I encourage all would-be owners looking for a pet to consider adoption.”
PETstock Assist Charity and Events Coordinator, Jess Guilfoyle, says ‘Adopt Different’ is a call to would-be owners to think differently about adopting a pet.
“We want people to be open to different types of animals and breeds, to make considered and sustainable choices, and to give rescue pets a chance at a better life,” she says.
“Contrary to popular belief many animals are surrendered to rescue groups through no fault of their own. Like little Lester, who was surrendered after suffering a broken leg requiring medical attention and amputation.
“We’re encouraging all animal-lovers to attend Adoption Day on February 15, to meet pets in need, educate themselves on adoption and reconsider any biases they may have towards rescue animals.
PetRescue Co-Founder, Vickie Davy, has seen firsthand the incredible bonds that form when new owners open their mind and adopt different.
“A lot of people start their search for a new pet with a certain type, breed, or age in mind. However, your perfect match might not be the pet you think,” she says.
“If you have your hands full with kids, an older, more settled dog or cat may be a far better fit than a young, energetic puppy. Or, if it’s your child’s first pet, a smaller animal such as a guinea pig or reptile may be a better option and a great introduction to the responsibility of pet ownership.”
Rescue pets receive extensive training and behavioural assessments before being rehomed, allowing potential owners to make an informed decision on the right pet for their lifestyle.
When is National Pet Adoption Day?
Where: Participating PETstock stores across Australia
Time: 10am to 2pm (3pm in Western Australia)
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
For more information on National Pet Adoption Day visit petstock.com.au