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February is Petbarn's Rescue Month

Calls to Save Puppies and Kittens as Surrender Rates Soar

· Over 200,000 dogs are surrendered to shelters each year, post-Christmas is the peak time

· An estimated 44,000 healthy dogs are euthanised each year, this number is expected to rise due to the increased rise of pet ownership during the pandemic

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

Now more than ever Australia’s beloved pets need help as each year, post-Christmas, there is an increase in pet surrenders to shelters and pounds - an issue now compounded by the rise in pet ownership 
during the pandemic and a pet-friendly housing crisis - sadly resulting in a higher number of abandoned pets and therefore rising euthanasia rates.

It's estimated over 200,000 dogs are surrendered to shelters each year and up to 44,000 of those dogs and puppies are euthanised, with some pounds simply unable to hold more animals with limited funding and rehoming capacity.

Photo (supplied): Puppy Jimmy is among the puppies Petbarn hopes to find a home for after they were found in a cardboard box on the side of the road

Petbarn Foundation Manager Janelle Bloxsom says that she hopes Rescue Month will encourage potential pet parents to recognise the joy of adoption and ultimately save perfectly healthy puppies and kittens.
“It’s heart-breaking to see the ever-growing surrender rates and statistics around euthanasia of thousands of healthy animals.
The emotional toll and financial strain rescues are taking on is overwhelming, there is only so they can do with limited funds, space and resource so we were compelled to act.

Puppies saved during the Moree run
To help ease the burden, the Petbarn Foundation has partnered with SavourLife and donated $200,000 to 20 rescue groups to save 200 pups from pounds. 

The aim is to transport the 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.

Ms Bloxsom continues: “We hope to encourage Australians to rally behind Rescue Month and demonstrate that there are happy healthy pets waiting to be adopted, and it can be easy and very rewarding. 

To any Aussies looking to add a furry friend to the family, check the Petbarn Adoption website to find thousands of beautiful natured puppies and dogs of all ages that will be forever grateful for a home.”

The Petbarn Foundation is also proud to be celebrating a milestone of 60,000 adoptions through its 150 in-store adoption centres, working with rescue partners nationally to help surrendered kittens and cats to find a new home.

Puppy Pippa is also available for adoption
Pet parents can find their “paw-fect” match in Petbarn stores with the in-store adoption condos full of beautiful cats looking to find their fur-ever home. 

Over 1000 dogs can be adopted through the Petbarn website:

Pet owners can also support the cause by opting to feed their dog SavourLife food from Petbarn, with 50% of all SavourLife profits going to Rescue Organisations to help continue to save puppies from pounds.

Donations to The Petbarn Foundation go directly to support people and pets in need.

Learn more at 

Rescue Month is celebrated by the Petbarn community from February 1st - 28th 2022.

About the Petbarn Foundation:

Founded in 2012, the Petbarn Foundation is a national charity that has donated $21 Million to provide critical support to pet welfare programs and charity organisations throughout Australia. All Greencross Companies support The Petbarn Foundation and its initiatives.

MEDIA RELEASE, 1st February 2022

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