More than 10 pets in need of loving homes on Saturday

Bridget Smith preparing for Petstock's Pet Adoption Day with her four-pawed friend Abby.
Bridget Smith preparing for Petstock's Pet Adoption Day with her four-pawed friend Abby. Alistair Brightman

IT WILL be raining cats and dogs at Petstock on Saturday, February 7, with more than 10 pets hoping to find new homes.

PETstock's manager Justin Shipp said the Pet Adoption Day was held together with PetRescue and Wide Bay Animal Rescue to raise awareness about the pets that need to be rehomed.

"At Petstock, we don't sell pets, instead we support local pet rescue organisations by donating food and helping with awareness campaigns such as this," he said.

Wide Bay Animal Rescue's pet co-ordinator Marie Barnes said 80 pets in the Bay were looking for new homes with 10 needing them urgently.

"Last year we had a successful Pet Adoption Day in Caloundra with 12 out of 14 pets adopted into new homes in one day and we're hoping we can have the same results," she said.

PetRescue director Vicky Davy said about 9000 pets were available for adoption across Australia and urged pet lovers to make adoption their first choice.

"One of the great things about rescue pets is they can be matched perfectly with your lifestyle and circumstances so it's a really great way of finding the perfect pet for your family.

"Last year our members re-homed 70,000 animals mostly cats and dogs and we reckon there are another 100,000 out there that are being euthanised before they have the chance to find a home.

"In the next three years, we are hoping to increase the amount of animals that are listed for adoption and increase the amount of people who are adopting a pet so we can stop all these unnecessary euthanasia."

Fraser Coast councillor Robert Garland said the number of animals being euthanised was decreasing due to rescue efforts and rehoming groups, better education and tightening of state and council laws on registering pets, desexing and selling pets.

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