Rescue pet adoption encouraged

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IN a time where friends and family have been kept apart, the positive impact of pets on people’s lives has never been more apparent.

The team at PETStock Chelsea is encouraging local residents to adopt rescue pets this month. Their inaugural “National Pet Adoption Month” takes place in March.

PETstock Assist charity and events lead Jessica Curtis said the event aims to make everyone “think differently about what they can do to help break the cycle of pet homelessness”.

“Those who choose to adopt not shop play a critical role in reducing the number of animals in need,” she said. “Not only by providing a loving home and second chance, but also leading by example. Our rescue parents take the time to learn a pet’s unique personality to find their perfect match, they make a long-term commitment, and ultimately, build a relationship that improves a pet’s life and their own.

“After all time high adoption rates in 2020, this year is truly a celebration of these owners and the commitment they’ve made to their animals who we know, are all unique and different, and that’s why we love them.”

In the last six years, PETstock Assist says it has helped rehome more than 12,000 pets.

AFLW star Sharni Layton is an ambassador for the event. She has adopted three rescue cats, one dog and a horse.

“Knowing that I’ve given my cats a second chance at a safe and loving home brings me so much joy,” she said.

“The companionship and support that they’ve provided in return, especially throughout 2020 and now during the AFLW season, has made such a positive difference to my life off the field.”

To find out more about PETstock Assist’s National Pet Adoption Month visit petstock.com.au

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 3 March 2021

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