Adopt, don’t shop when looking for a new pet – that’s the message this National Pet Adoption Day.
On Saturday, February 9, kittens will be available for adoption at Petstock Batemans Bay as part of the fifth annual adoption drive.
RSPCA Eurobodalla’s Christina Allen said 10 kittens would in store and ready for their fur-ever homes on pet adoption day.
All animals will be microchipped, vaccinated, desexed and ready for adoption. The RSPCA will also be on hand to give advice on adopting a pet and how to smoothly transition an adopted animal to their new home.
The adoption drive will take place across the country in an effort to curb the high rate of pets ending up in pounds and on death row across Australia.
For those looking to adopt an animal of a larger variety, Libby Buttress from Follyfoot Equine Rescue will be in store on the day.
Follyfoot Equine Rescue, based in Malua Bay, rescues and rehomes horses that end up at sales yards or are no longer able to be cared for.
“They can be varying ages, quite aged and in varying condition,” Ms Buttress said.
“Sometimes they are in really poor condition and we feed them up and reassess whether they can be rehomed.
“Some of them are ex-racehorses that we retain and try and get them a new home, or for pony club and give them a new lease on life.”
Ms Buttress said a higher than usual number of horses were ending up in sales yards recently due to the impact of the drought.
“A lot of them are ending up at the slaughterhouse and sometimes they can be quite young horses that haven’t been ridden yet,” she said.
National Pet Adoption Day will take place at Petstock Batemans Bay from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, February 9.