Adopt a lit­tle mate

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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.”

I had myy heart set on a pure­bred…ure­bred d…

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.

Pets shouldld never be an im­pulse buy.y. If you’ve re­searchedarched a par­tic­u­lar breed and know it will be suited to you­rur home and lifestyle,e, then look for it in inn a shel­ter or res­cue group.gro oup.

“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.”

Don’t ppet shop p ppup­piespp need homes,s,homes too?

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 adop­

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