PetRescue-affiliated rescue groups will pay a visit to PETstock Shepparton on Sunday, February 4 to help rescue pets find families that will love them forever.
The initiative, led by PETstock’s charity foundation PETstock Assist, and its major charity partner, PetRescue, aims to raise awareness of pet adoption as part of their National Pet Adoption Day.
Actor Gyton Grantley, the host of Channel TEN’s Pooches at Play, has thrown his weight behind the national campaign that encourages Australians to adopt rather than shop for pets.
Mr Grantley, who grew up with pets and now looks after the adorable chocolate Labrador George, said close to 40 per cent of homes had pets and he hoped to encourage as many owners as possible to consider adopting their next animal, instead of purchasing.
‘‘The tide is turning when it comes to pet adoption thanks to the hard work of rescue organisations and the passionate people behind them,’’ Mr Grantley said.
‘‘Increasing numbers of Australians are realising there are tens of thousands of homeless pets out there waiting for someone to love them, and they’re choosing to adopt.
‘‘But there’s still a lot more work to do. I’m encouraging Shepparton locals to attend National Pet Adoption Day at PETstock Shepparton to learn more about local rescue pets and maybe even meet some beautiful pets up for adoption.’’
Every year, about 200000 healthy pets find themselves homeless in Australia’s pounds and shelters — a statistic PETstock and PetRescue are determined to change.
PETstock chief executive officer Shane Young said if just one in five pet seekers chose to adopt a pet instead of shop, ‘‘we could end pet homelessness in Australia’’.
‘‘Our goal is for every rescue pet to find their forever home, and we’re getting closer,’’ Mr Young said.
‘‘PetRescue figures show the adoption of pets is increasing year-on-year, demonstrating how saving every homeless pet in Australia is possible, but we still have a way to go.
‘‘Last National Pet Adoption Day saw more than 500 pets find forever homes and we’re hoping to increase on this figure in 2018.’’
PetRescue co-founder Vickie Davy said people might be surprised by who they find at National Pet Adoption Day.
‘‘Pets of all types, sizes, breeds and ages will be available for adoption so everyone is sure to find their perfect match,’’ she said.
Before joining their new family, adopted pets are de-sexed, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for parasites, as well as having undergone a comprehensive veterinary assessment.