Adopt Not Shop For A Pet This Christmas

Thursday, 30 Nov 2023

Adopt Not Shop For A Pet This Christmas Christmas is almost upon us and Griffith City Council jointly with the NSW Government is encouraging locals who are considering welcoming a new furry family member into their home to ‘adopt not shop’ this holiday season.
The Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre typically see a spike in people looking to surrender animals in the weeks following Christmas, with new owners overwhelmed by the responsibilities that come with a new pet.
If you are considering adding a pet to your family this holiday season, make sure you consider matching the breed of dog to your lifestyle. For those who have done their research, adopting a pet is a great way to help a dog or cat find a new home.
“We know at Christmastime people often welcome a new pet into their families or give a cat or dog as a gift to a loved one,” said Carel Potgieter, Planning and Environment Manager for Griffith City Council.  
“Therefore, we are asking prospective local pet owners to visit the Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre. We have plenty of cats and dogs seeking a second chance to find their forever families.
“Adopting not shopping for a pet has the added benefit of reducing the burden on our Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre and affiliated Rescue Groups,” said Mr Potgieter.
“Along with the ‘adopt not shop’ message, pet owners are reminded of the three easy steps of responsible pet ownership - microchipping, desexing and registering their pet.”
“Giving an animal a second chance at a forever home is one of the most wonderful and rewarding things someone can do, but please make sure you research before adding a new pet to your family. Please remember, pets are for life, not just for Christmas.”
Enquiries and appointments can be made by contacting our Animal Rehoming Team on 1300 176 077 during business hours.
You can keep up to date with animals available for adoption by visiting our website and the Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre’s Facebook page.
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