Adopt, don’t shop for a pet

Let's help save some of the 200,000 animals living in rescue shelters this National Pet Adoption Day [Sat, Feb 9th]

07 Feb 2019 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Saturday February 9th is National Pet Adoption Day—an initiative run by PETstock Assist and animal adoption site PetRescue.

National Pet Adoption Day, which is now in its fifth year, encourages Aussies to drop any preconceptions they might have about rescue pets and to visit their local PETstock store this coming Saturday (Feb 9th, 2019) to meet rescue fur babies big and small.

PETstock Assist Charity and Events Coordinator, Jess Guilfoyle, says, “Every pet is unique and individual, and I encourage people considering a new pet to keep an open mind – you may just be surprised by who you fall for.

“Love really does know no breed.”

Animal behaviourist Dr Kate Mornement says there are many more important factors than breed that determine 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 says.

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

PetRescue co-founder Vickie Davy adds, “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.

“Just like humans, personality is individual and it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”

National Pet Adoption Day is taking place this Saturday (Feb 9, 2019) at PETstock stores nationwide from 10am-2pm. Drop by your local store to meet an array of beautiful pets. You never know, you might just find your perfect match!

07 Feb 2019 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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