FUR babies big and small will descend on PETstock Mandurah on Saturday, February 9 as part of the fifth annual National Pet Adoption Day.
PETstock’s charity arm PETstock Assist and adoption site PetRescue is hoping to double the number of pets adopted.
In an Australian first, all breed labels will be removed from pets listed on petrescue.com.au in the week leading up to adoption day to ensure as many pets of all types find the homes they deserve.
PETstock Assist Charity and Events coordinator Jess Guilfoyle hopes the move will help people 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 may just be surprised by who you fall for,” she said.
Every year, around 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.
“Just like humans, personality is individual and it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
“Breeds come in and out of fashion and unfortunately the stereotypes around them can lead to people choosing the wrong pet for their families.’’
Petstock supports the WA Pet Project with cats in store all the time.
On Adoption Day, there will be dogs from K9 Animal Rescue and Perth Rescue Angels.
PETstock Mandurah National Pet Adoption Day is at 15, Rouse Road, Mandurah from 10am to 2pm.