PETstock Assist has been changing the lives of rescue pets and humans through its National Pet Adoption Day campaign for the past six years and now, it is launching National Pet Adoption Month 2021.
As the owners of two adopted dogs, Darcy and my recent addition Vindi, I am an strong advocate for giving pets in need a forever home.
To date the National Pet Adoption Day alone has helped re-home more than 12,000 pets, provided much needed education and changed perceptions and behaviour on pet adoption in Australia.
With Australia’s love of rescue pets and commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness at an all-time high, PETstock Assist decided to extend the initiative into a month-long event, to find even more pets homes and educate people about the benefits of pet adoption.
National Pet Adoption Month 2021 also helps celebrate the entire rescue community, including animals who’ve already found their homes, the owners who have committed to giving them the best life possible and the foster carers who lovingly care for them while they wait for their ‘soul family’ to find them.
As always, PETstock Assist is encouraging all Australian’s to Adopt Different this March – to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to rescue pets. To reconsider any biases, dismiss unfair stereotypes and make considered, sustainable choices on what pet is truly the best fit for their lifestyle.
Having been involved in this initiative for a number of years now, I’m thrilled with how far the adoption landscape has come in Australia. While there’s still a lot of work to be done to eliminate pet homelessness, thousands of animals have been lucky enough to get a second chance at a loving home since the inaugural event in 2013, not to mention the record number of adoptions we saw in 2020 during lockdown.
On Saturday March 13th, you can visit a participating PETstock store to meet some animals that are looking for their forever home, or meet a local rescue group to find out more about their work and how you can get involved in this great cause.
To find out more about National Pet Adoption Month 20201 visit the PETstock Assist website.
About the Author: Lara Shannon is a certified dog behaviourist and trainer, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara runs her own dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area, is a sought after pet expert speaker and Author of Eat, Play, Love (Your Dog).