Adopt not shop for a pet this Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us and the NSW Government is encouraging anyone considering welcoming a new furry family member into their home to ‘adopt not shop’ this holiday season.

The ‘adopt not shop’ message is particularly relevant given the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a large spike in pet ownership and additional pressure on pounds and shelters.

We know at Christmas time people often welcome a new pet into their families or give a cat or dog as a gift to a loved one.

Therefore, prospective pet owners are encouraged to visit a council pound, RSPCA shelter or one of the many approved rehoming organisations across the State.

The NSW Government continues to provide half-price lifetime pet registration fees as an incentive for people to adopt rescue pets.In fact, since 2015 more than 54,000 pet owners have saved nearly $1.5 million in reduced pet registration fees.
The Government has also reduced the lifetime cat registration fee by $10 this year to encourage higher registration rates and adoption of cats from pounds and shelters. As well as being wonderful new furry family members, adopting not shopping for a pet has the added benefit of reducing the burden on animal pounds and shelters and, importantly, helps lower euthanasia rates.

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.

Contact your local council pound, RSPCA animal shelter or rehoming organisation to find out more.

The NSW Government is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and strengthening animal welfare standards.