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Just For Pets Save a Life Animal Adoption Day - August 17

Share your love and save a pet’s life on August 17

With an estimated 400,000 animals abandoned every year in Australia, animal lovers are being called upon to express their true feelings and save a pet’s life on Saturday 17th August. 

In its fifth year, the annual Just For Pets Save A Life Animal Adoption day happens Saturday 17th August at your local participating Just For Pets store. Over the past four years, we have proudly helped in the adoption and re-homing of 350 abandoned and unwanted pets, our aim this year is to raise that number to 450. 

The idea is the brainchild of national independent pet store chain Just for Pets, which has teamed up with rescue groups across Australia to give abandoned animals another chance at a happy family life. 

CEO of Just for Pets and Animal Advocate Karen Justice said every year hundreds of thousands of animals are abandoned in Australia and more than 180,000 are euthanized

“Save a Life Day is a wonderful opportunity to adopt a pet as well as raise much needed funds to help animal rescue groups care for the huge number of animals that require veterinary care, food and shelter every year.”

Save A Life day is important because:

  • Animals can spend up to two years waiting in animal shelters because pet lovers don’t often come face to face with them. Making an animal visible is the key to re-housing and adoption.
  • It raises awareness of the importance of pets in our lives. Pet ownership brings with it many health benefits including more physical exercise, less anxiety and stress, and lessons for children (and sometimes even adults!) on responsibility and empathy. 
  • It provides an opportunity to fundraise for pets in need. Each store has played a huge part in raising funds for their chosen rescue by way of BBQ’s, raffles, cupcake stalls and overall donations in stores. 
By showcasing rescue animals in search of forever homes through our national adoption day it gives them an extra window of exposure to pet owners who may not know the options available to acquire a rescue pet. 

On Saturday August 17, selected Just for Pets stores Australia wide will be offering activities such as giveaways, prizes, face painting and fundraising BBQ’s also offering pets up for adoption or meet ‘n’ greets.

All animals up for adoption have been vaccinated, micro-chipped and tested for temperament and their suitability for rehoming. Cats have been de-sexed.

“Pet lovers can help by giving one of these animals a loving home or just turning up in-store to have some fun and help raise much-needed funds.”

For more information about Save A Life and participating stores, visit

About Just for Pets

Just For Pets represents nearly 60 independent pet retailers providing a range of business services together with collective buying power. All stores are independently owned and operated by pet lovers, offering friendly service and experienced advice. Free pet health checks are also offered in 40 stores.

MEDIA RELEASE, 9th August 2019

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