Charity shines light on plight of abandoned pets during Pet Rescue Month


The Petbarn Foundation is calling on Australians to help save hundreds of pets from euthanasia by promoting adoption in February, which marks Rescue Month.

Now more than ever, Australia’s beloved pets need help as every year after Christmas there is an increase in animal abandonment from shelters and pounds – a problem now made worse by the increase in pet ownership during the pandemic (coupled with the housing crisis), unfortunately resulting in higher numbers of abandoned pets and therefore increased euthanasia rates.

It is estimated that more than 200,000 dogs are turned over to shelters each year and up to 44,000 of these dogs and puppies are euthanized, with some pounds simply unable to hold more animals with limited funding and repatriation capacity. .

“It’s heartbreaking to see the ever-increasing abandonment rates and statistics regarding the euthanasia of thousands of healthy animals,” said Janelle Bloxsom, director of the Petbarn Foundation.

“The emotional toll and financial strain the rescues are under is overwhelming, they can’t do much with limited funds, space and resources, so we were forced to act.”

To help ease the burden, the Petbarn Foundation partnered with SavorLife and donated $200,000 to 20 rescue groups to save 200 puppies from their books. The goal is to transport puppies from pounds to rescue groups faster and easier, making it more convenient for those looking to adopt and reducing the risk of unnecessary euthanasia.

“We hope to encourage Australians to join Rescue Month and demonstrate that there are happy, healthy pets out there waiting to be adopted, and it can be easy and very rewarding,” Bloxsom said.

For all Australians looking to add a furry friend to the family, check out Petbarn’s adoption website to find thousands of beautiful-tempered puppies and dogs of all ages who will be forever grateful to have a home.

The Petbarn Foundation is also proud to celebrate a milestone of 60,000 adoptions at its 150 in-store adoption centers, working with rescue partners nationwide to help abandoned kittens and cats find new homes.

Pet parents can find their perfect match at Petbarn stores with in-store adoption condos filled with beautiful cats looking to find their “furry” home.

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