Adopt a little mate
As adorable as puppies in pet shop windows are, giving a pre-loved pet a new home spreads the love in more ways than one.
Adopting from the RSPCA, a registered rescue group or the local pound actually saves two lives – that of the animal adopted and that of the animal that occupies the kennel it was in.
In 2015-2016, the RSPCA received 137, 391 unwanted pets in its animal shelters and adoption centres. “There’s a general oversupply of animals in the community,” says Stefania Kubowicz from RSPCA NSW. “So sadly there’s some level of euthanasia involved.”
Before you purchase a new pet, there are a few other important queries to get savvy about.
Won’t it have behavioural problems?
Many people think adopting a pet from a shelter means it will come with behavioural issues.
“There are a myriad of reasons why pets end up in the shelter system,” says Debra Tranter, founder of Oscar’s Law, an organisationion campaigning to end the factory ry farming of puppies and their sale through pet shops. “Its s owner’s situation might haveve changed, rental
properties may have a no-pets policy or their elderly owners died. In addition, every pet that’s available for adoption has been through a professional behavioural assessment and deemed suitable for adoption.
A legitimate rescue group or organisation would never allow a pet to be adopted into a family that wasn’t matched well, in terms of energyergy levels, exercise requirements, ts, the breed and age of the pet, and nd its temperament.”
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Purebreds end nd up at the pound, too. For instance,ance, the popularity of TV shows like Game Of Thrones has seen a rise ise in the demand for Siberian huskies. People want the beautifulautiful breed and make an impulsepulse purchase, butut when they realise its unique demands,mands, they surrender der it.
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“There are plenty of breedspecific rescue groups and we often see purebreds in shelters as well,” says Stefania.
“If you want a golden retriever, cocker spaniel or a labrador, you can find one, rescue it and save its life. Be patient,p as youy mayy not find your dog straight away. Visit a few shelters and then go back.”
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Unless the store is aligned with a registered shelter or the RSPCA, you’re not technically rescuing a pet. “The truth is that many pets for sale in stores come from unregistered breeders and factory farms,” says Debra. Fortunately, many pet stores around Australia are becoming wiser and will only sell pets linked with animal shelters. Pet Barn, which has partnered with the RSPCA, is a greatg example.p To look for animals, visit adoptapet.com.au