Love knows no breed – rescue pets will shed stereotypes on National Pet Adoption Day
On Saturday February 9, fur babies big and small will descend upon PETstock stores across the country as part of the fifth annual National Pet Adoption Day (NPAD).
The initiative, run by PETstock’s charity arm PETstock Assist and leading adoption site PetRescue, is this year hoping to double the number of pets adopted during 2018 to 1,000.
In an Australian first, all breed labels will be removed from pets listed on petrescue.com.au in the week leading up to NPAD, to ensure as many loving pets of all types find the homes they deserve.
Adopt, don’t shop
They hope that removing breed labels will 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 they encourage people to consider a new pet to keep with an open mind. You may just be surprised by who you fall for. Love really does know no breed.
When: Saturday 9th February 2019, from 10am to 2pm
Where: PETstock stores across Australia
Who: Pet adoption experts from local animal rescue groups. Rescue pets for adoption in attendance at some stores.
Why: To raise awareness of pet adoption and encourage Australians to help a rescue pet in need.
Personality and temperament
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.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.
Every year around 200,000 pets remain unclaimed in Australian pounds. 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.
Which pet is your perfect match?
Breeds come in and out of fashion and unfortunately the stereotypes around them can lead to people choosing the wrong pet for their families. Not all cute fluffy dogs are great with kids and overlooking a big boofy dog (who loves children and naps) means you may miss out on the perfect family dog. From couch potatoes to fitness fanatics and beer buddies, there’s a pet to suit every lifestyle and one of the biggest benefits to adopting is knowing that personality in advance.
National Pet Adoption Day is a fantastic opportunity to find your perfect match.
National Pet Adoption Day will be held at PETstock stores across the country on Saturday February 9. Pet lovers are encouraged to visit their local store to meet animals searching for their forever home and learn more about adoption.