PEOPLE looking to make a furry addition to their family are being asked to ignore an animal’s breed and focus on which personality will suit them and their lifestyles.
Next month, PETstock stores around Australia will participate in the fifth National Pet Adoption Day (NPAD), which aims to find loving homes for more animals.
Bathurst PETstock manager Lauren Brooker said that offering a platform for adoption of rescue animals ensures that people can get new pets while saving dogs and cats from euthanasia.
On Pet Adoption Day, coming up on February 9, PETstock stores will have a mix of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available to view.
In an Australian first, all breed labels will be removed from pets listed on petrescue.com.au in the week leading up to NPAD, to ensure as many loving pets of all types find the homes they deserve without people being influenced by breed.
Ms Brooker said people who come into the store can fill out an application to help match them to the ideal animal on the day or within a couple of days.
“We put a lot of effort into matching animals based on their personalities,” she said.
“It's important to be honest on your application. It’s not going to affect your application in a bad way, it’s just to make the most appropriate match.”
What are the benefits of pet adoption?
This is what Vickie Davy, co-founder and CEO of PetRescue says:
- You can find the perfect fit – rescue groups can give you an overview of the animal’s behaviour and personality, so you know exactly what you’re going to get and find a pet suited to your lifestyle.
- 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.
- More mellow – adopting an older animal means they are more mellow (and less destructive!) than a young pet and can be a better fit for families with young children.
- More love to give – abandoned pets are filled with unlimited love, affection and gratitude for their new homes and are eager to become part of a loving pack. Additionally, adopting a pet can teach valuable lessons to children on the importance of responsibility and empathy.
- Save two lives – the life of your rescue pet and the life of another animal that can now make it to rescue.
- It’s cost effective – before joining their forever family rescue pets undergo a vet check and behaviour assessment, are de-sexed, vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.