We’re terribly excited at PoochesHQ to be able to support National Pet Adoption Day 2018 to help encourage Australians to adopt rather than shop for pets. Our very own Gyton Grantley is an Ambassador for this great cause and it is one that is close to both Darcy and my own hearts.
We had our crew on hand to film a story for Series 2 about National Pet Adoption Day, which took place on Sunday 4 February 2018 so check out the video in this post to find out what happens when pet rescue organisations pay a visit to PETstock stores across Australia with homeless animals to help them find families that will love them forever.
Every year, approximately 200,000 healthy pets find themselves homeless in Australia’s pounds and shelters – a statistic that can be reduced drastically if we all commit to playing our role in creating change.
Whilst PetRescue figures show the adoption of pets is increasing year-on-year, we still have a way to go. Incredibly, if just one in five pet seekers chose to adopt a pet instead of shop, we could end pet homelessness in Australia.
If you are keen to know more about pet adoption, or are even considering getting a new pet soon, then do make sure you put a note in your diary today to head down to your local PETstock store during their next adoption day. Find your local store here to get in touch and find out more about their other local pet adoption initiatives.
Pets of all types, sizes, breeds and ages will be available for adoption, and the beauty of adoption is that you can adopt a pet that’s the perfect fit for you an your family. Rescue groups and volunteer foster carers can give you an overview of an animal’s behaviour and personality so you know exactly what you’re going to get.
Adopted pets are also de-sexed, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for parasites, as well as having undergone a comprehensive veterinary assessment.
Last National Pet Adoption Day saw more than 500 pets find forever homes and we hope that this figure will increase tenfold! You can help by spreading the word, or heading down to your local store on the day.
If you’d like to contact the store first to find out what is planned for your area, you can find details at www.petstock.com.au or visit www.petrescue.com.au to learn more about their work and view pets up for adoption in your local area.
Imagine if we could end pet homelessness once and for all. How amazing would that be?
Lara and Darcy x
About the Author: Lara Shannon is co-Host of Pooches at Play and has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour &Training with the National Dog Trainers Federation. Lara also runs her own dog training & minding business in Melbourne’s Bayside area.