Animal adoption favoured
WITH so many animals under her care needing loving homes, Jenny Savage has been buoyed by research showing adoption is fast becoming the preferred choice for people when they decide to become pet owners.
The president of Rosewood animal welfare group Jaws’n’Paws said many chose the option for humanitarian reasons.
“They like the idea of rescuing an animal more so than going to a pet shop,” Mrs Savage said.
According to the Petcare Information and Advisory Service, twice as many people are getting pets from animal shelters as they were a decade ago.
Among the selection of cats and dogs looking for new homes, Mrs Savage said there were three special cases – cattle dog-cross Red who was abused, mastiff-cross Ronnie who was dumped by the side of the road, and bull terrier-cross Boof, who was left tied to a pole at Brassall.
“It is a nice feeling when they get good homes,” Mrs Savage said.
Petcare Information and Advisory Service spokeswoman Susie Willis said there were a number of reasons why a pet was available for adoption.
“Their owner may be moving overseas, into a rental home or be unable to care for the pet due to illness,” she said.