Everyone knows the catch phrase ‘adopt, don’t shop’ when it comes to looking for a family pet. There are many animals that are abandoned or abused and left at animal shelters across Australia, and by adopting a pet not only do you get a lifelong friend, but you save a life.
To celebrate National Pet Adoption Day on Saturday February 9 selected PETstock stores across Australia will be hosting an animal adoption day from 10am to 2pm. The initiative is in collaboration with PetRescue and PETstock Assist and the event will have pet adoption experts from local animal rescue centres on-hand in the store to answer all your questions.
In an Australian first, all breed labels will be removed from pets listed on petrescue.com.au in the week leading up to National Pet Adoption Week to ensure pets are judged on who they are, rather than their breed.
Every pet is unique and individual, and I encourage people considering a new pet to keep an open mind – you may just be surprised by who you fall for,” says PETstock Assist Charity and Events Coordinator, Jess Guilfoyle. “Love really does know no breed.”
Animal behaviourist Dr Kate Mornemont has an important message for families considering adopting a pet.
“Personality and temperament are influenced by previous experiences and individual differences. This is why you get so much variation both within and between breeds,” she says. “Many well socialised and trained pets find themselves in need of a new home. Even those pets that may not have had a great start to life can become wonderful companions. With some love and guidance, their personalities shine.”
Every year around 200,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australian pounds, so adopting really does make a difference.
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