Day for adop­tion

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Fur babies big and small will descend on Pet­stock Hor­sham and Stawell on Fe­bru­ary 9 as part of the fifth an­nual Na­tional Pet Adop­tion Day.

Or­gan­is­ers, Pet­stock’s char­ity arm Pet­stock Assist and lead­ing adop­tion site Pe­tres­cue, are hop­ing to double the num­ber of pets adopted dur­ing 2018, to 1000.

In an Aus­tralian first, all breed la­bels will be re­moved from pets listed on pe­tres­ in the week lead­ing up to Na­tional Pet Adop­tion Day, to en­sure as many lov­ing pets of all types find the homes they de­serve.

Pet­stock Assist char­ity and events co-or­di­na­tor Jess Guil­foyle said she hoped the move would help Aussies for­get any pre­con­cep­tions they have about res­cue pets or breed char­ac­ter­is­tics and get to know the an­i­mals for who they are.

“Ev­ery pet is unique and in­di­vid­ual, and I en­cour­age peo­ple con­sid­er­ing a new pet to keep an open mind – you just might be sur­prised by who you fall for,” she said. “Love re­ally does know no breed.”

An­i­mal be­haviourist Dr Kate Morne­ment said there were more im­por­tant fac­tors than breed that de­ter­mined a pet’s per­son­al­ity and tem­per­a­ment.

“Per­son­al­ity and tem­per­a­ment are also in­flu­enced by pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences and in­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences. This is why you get so much vari­a­tion both within and be­tween breeds,” she said.

“Many well so­cialised and trained pets find them­selves in need of a new home. Even those pets that might not have had a great start to life can be­come won­der­ful com­pan­ions. With some love and guid­ance, their per­son­al­i­ties shine.”

Ev­ery year about 200,000 pets re­main un­claimed in Aus­tralian pounds, a statis­tic Pe­tres­cue co-founder Vickie Davy is de­ter­mined to change.

“I hope by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to look for an in­di­vid­ual pet rather than a par­tic­u­lar breed we can ed­u­cate peo­ple on the in­cred­i­ble ben­e­fits of adopt­ing a pet in need,” she said.

Na­tional Pet Adop­tion Day will be at Pet­stock stores across the coun­try on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, in­clud­ing Hor­sham and Stawell, be­tween 10am and 2pm. Pet adop­tion ex­perts from Wim­mera an­i­mal res­cue groups will be on site.

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