State Government encouraged ‘adopt not shop’ campaign for new pets

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, holds Fitz, as wife Jill holds the other family pooch

With Christmas almost upon us, the NSW Government is encouraging Central Coast residents to welcome a new furry friend into their home by adopting, not shopping.

“We know at Christmas time people often welcome a new pet into their families or give a cat or dog as a gift to a loved one,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said.

“The Central Coast has one of NSW’s highest rates of pet ownership, so we’re asking people to ‘adopt not shop’ and provide a forever family to furry friends in need.

“As well as being fantastic new companions, rehoming abandoned or lost cats and dogs has the added benefit of reducing the burden on pounds and shelters.

“(My wife) Jill and I have recently adopted our furry friend Fitz and we are so lucky to have him a part of our lives.”

Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, said free lifetime pet registration is now on offer for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animal shelters to ensure more dogs and cats find a forever home.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than giving a ‘furever’ home to a rescue dog or cat and enjoying a lifetime of loving companionship,” Hancock said.

“Anyone thinking about adopting a pet this Christmas should also consider the ongoing responsibility and commitment required to care for a pet dog or cat.

“Pets are a lifetime commitment.

“People also need to think carefully about the type of animal that is right for them and their circumstances including breed, size and age.

“In July we introduced free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue dog or cat, which to date has saved more than $128,000 for nearly 5,000 pet owners.

“We are committed to encouraging responsible pet ownership and strengthening animal welfare standards across the state.”

More information on adoption options can be found on the Pet Registry website.

Terry Collins