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The decision to bring a companion animal into your home shouldn't be made lightly, but when you do, consider this... For every animal sold in pet stores, equally healthy and deserving animals in shelters face death row whilst waiting for someone to adopt them. The sale of animals online, from pet stores and unethical breeders underpins an overbreeding crisis which is resulting in hundreds of thousands of needy animals being euthanised every year simply because there aren't enough good homes for them. Your commitment to adopt, not buy, can save lives and help end the pet overpopulation crisis.



This pledge plays a vital role — but you can have an even greater impact for animals today. Here’s how:

  • Avoid making impulse decisions about bringing an animal into your home — adopting is a life-long commitment. When you're ready to add a four-legged friend to you family, find a local rescue shelter. Click here for a list of shelters around Australia.
  • Having your companion animals desexed before reproductive age (between 2 - 3 months for cats and dogs) is critical. 'Accidental' litters are responsible for many of the surrendered kittens and puppies who are euthanised each year because loving homes can't be found for them.
  • Ensure that your companion animals have a visible collar and address tag, and are microchipped so that even if they lose a collar they can be returned home, and will not become a euthanasia statistic!
  • Support 'pet shops' that don't sell live animals, and direct people to shelters if they want a new pet. Some pet shops help rehome refuge animals or help by advertising displaced animals searching for a new home in their windows. These pet shops should also be supported as they are actively helping to solve the pet overpopulation problem.



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