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‘Adopt not shop’ for a new pet this christmas

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Families looking to bring a new furry friend home this Christmas are encouraged to ‘Adopt not shop’ when making their choice.

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,” Mrs Hancock said.

“This Christmas, anyone considering welcoming a new pet into their family is encouraged to ‘adopt not shop’ for their new cat and dog by visiting their local council pound, animals shelter or one of the many approved rehoming organisations across the State.

“Adopting not shopping for a pet gives these animals a second chance and reduces the burden on pounds and shelters. 

“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.”

Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government is committed to encouraging pet adoptions.

“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 5000 pet owners” Mrs Hancock said.

“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.

MEDIA: Damien Bolte | 0498 359 624

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