Day for adoption
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 petrescue.com.au 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.