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11 March, 2021

National Pet Adoption Day

IF you’re looking for a new best friend, Saturday is National Pet Adoption Day at local Pet Stock stores where you can meet rescued dogs from two local charities.

By Nicole Gibson

North Queensland Animal Rescue and Born Free Animal Rescue FNQ will be at Petstock Cairns and Smithfield with a wide range of dog breeds and sizes looking for their forever homes.

Breeds included boxer, border collie and staffy crosses with the organisations encouraging locals to choose to rehome an animal over buying from breeders.

NQAR President Jessica Grinter said there was a lot of benefits to rehoming.

“They’re a bit older and you know they don’t have any chronic health issues that have flared that can happen if you get a puppy, you can sort of see how it’s going to look as an adult and they’ve reached a certain level of maturity,” Ms Grinter said.

“I also think that dogs that have been through the pound or been in foster care are a little bit more thankful for having a nice soft bed and having food every night, whereas, sometimes you get a dog from a breeder that’s been a bit spoiled and had everything it’s ever wanted.”

The animals also come desexed, vaccinated and microchipped.

The organisations are also seeking donations due to a drop since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

For more information or to register your interest, visit North Queensland Animal Rescues and Born Free Animal Rescues FNQ websites or social pages.

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