It’s definitely not an uncommon thing for families to get a new pet for Christmas. If it’s something you, or someone you know, is considering it goes without saying that this is a long term commitment. Your new furry friend is going to be around long after you’ve thrown out the leftover turkey (who were you kidding….you only took the damn turkey home so you didn’t offend your Mum). But before you rush off to the breeder just pause for a second and think about adoption as an option.
We at Cat Habitat are massive advocates for adopting pets…..just ask Pussa and Soph how well things have worked out for them! The sad fact though is that we are still euthanasing thousands of animals every year because they cannot be rehomed or reunited with their hoomans. For the 2015/16 year the RSPCA received a total of 55,570 cats across Australia and of that 16,205 (29%) were euthanased. The doggie equivalent was 45,256 and 5,872 (13%). Hoomans, hang your collective heads in shame. That’s an appalling number of animals destroyed in a society that has so much material wealth. However on a positive note, especially for cats, is that the number being rehomed/reclaimed has been rising markedly every year for the last five. In 2015/16 this figure was 33,772. Purrrfect!
Have You Got Room In Your Heart For These Furever Friends?
We scoured a number of websites of pet rescue agencies across the country, and these 3 felines really caught our eye. Would they fit in purrrfectly into your home?
Sally is in Sydney and is looking for a relaxing and calm home where she can lie in the sun. Aren’t we all? She is available for adoption through Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.
Chico is in Brisbane and was rescued along with her 6 bundles of joy. She wants a hooman or two to love and she can be adopted through Pets Without Partners. We loved the name of this rescue agency….they sound like our kind of people!
Gracie is a beautiful young lady who wants to live inside to keep a supervisory eye on what’s going on. She’s waiting to be adopted by a lovely person in Perth through the good folks at SAFE Perth.
Pet rescue agencies and their volunteer foster carers do a phenomenal job caring for all manner of animals that find themselves in the unfortunate position of being without a safe and loving home. More power to them.
If it’s not possible to adopt another critter into your life on a full-time basis, think about whether you’d be prepared to be a temporary foster carer. There is plenty of need for these types of carers to take over for short periods of time when regular fosters want to take a Christmas holiday for example. Contact your local pet rescue agency and see what their requirements are.
Otherwise you could always make a donation to the RSPCA or rescue agency of your choice. Many are registered charities so donations over $2 are tax deductible too. Could be a great Christmas present for that person who is so hard to buy for!
Remember, especially at this time of year – Don’t Shop. Adopt.