Please watch our short video on just a few of the reasons you should consider adopting your next best friend.
It was estimated in 2007 that approximately 250,000 animals are being destroyed in Australian pounds and shelters every year. Regardless of the exact figures, it is astounding. What is possibly even more alarming is the number of animals that start their lives at puppy or kitten farms, and the horrific conditions in which many of them are kept. Sadly, many dogs and cats are bred purely for profit. They often get little if any interaction, attention or affection. They are often kept in filthy cages where they can barely even turn around. They get little if any medical treatment. They become breeding machines, then when they no longer serve a purpose they are slaughtered or sold on to buyers who are unsuspectingly funding this practice. Thankfully there is more publicity and attention being given to this in recent times, though there are still many people who have no clue this kind of cruelty goes on in our society.
The majority of animals that are euthanised at shelters and pounds each year are healthy and could be saved. There is an increasing number of no-kill rescue groups out there such as Gunyah, but we can only take on so many. So how can you help to reduce the number of animals being put to sleep in shelters every year? And how can you help raise awareness and stop the cruelty of puppy and kitten farms? The answer is fairly simple... adopt your next best friend.
By adopting a shelter animal you are actively choosing not to support puppy and kitten mills and those out to profit from the sale. If the mills don't profit then they can't continue to run. You are also helping to save the life of an animal that deserves a second chance, and you in turn are doing something that is very rewarding. At pet stores anyone can walk in and buy a cute cuddly pet without any question as to whether they can afford the animal or cater for its needs. There are many different breeds and temperaments available in shelters and rescue centres and most will do their very best to match you with a pet that will be suitable to your lifestyle and needs. Any reputable shelter will also provide you with an animal that is vet checked, microchipped, desexed and vaccinated. And all for much less than you would pay a breeder or pet store.