Pet adoption for the month of March

Adoption: PETstock Assistant Manager Karli Magnuson, Billie Chessum and Shellie Chessum from Ground Paws Animal Rescue and PETstock team member Chloe Balcombe. photograph alyssa fritzlaff

Alyssa Fritzlaff

PETSTOCK Traralgon are hosting National Pet Adoption Month this March.

The initiative is aimed at improving the lives of rescue pets in need of temporary or
permanent homes and Traralgon PETstock are partnering with local organisation, Grounded
Paws Animal Rescue (GPAR).

Latrobe Valley locals can visit Traralgon PETstock on Saturday, March 19 to meet rescue
pets available for adoption or fostering.

GPAR will be bringing approximately 15 cats down to PETstock to meet prospective adopters.

The team at PETstock Traralgon are passionate about the initiative and are encouraging Latrobe Valley locals to get involved.

Traralgon PETstock store manager Lysa Kewish is excited to be hosting the event.

“It’s a great day, the support from local people is amazing,” Ms Kewish said.

“It is such a good opportunity.”

This month PETstock is encouraging people to shift their thinking to how they can make sustainable choices, removed biases toward pet adoption and consider those pets most in need.

This adoption day will have a special focus on seniors and bonded pairs.

GPAR manager Shellie Chessum will be bringing approximately 15 cats down to
PETstock on adoption day.

“We will still follow our adoption process,” she said.

However, there is the potential for pets to the brought home the same day.

This is not the first time GPAR have partnered with PETstock, and Ms Chessum said that
previous years have been very successful.

PETstock have supported GPAR “from the beginning”, something their team of volunteers
is very grateful for.

Every year 80,000 urban stray cats are killed by councils across Australia, according to PetRescue.

The initiative is run by PETstock Assist, the organisation’s charity, which is committed
to positively impacting the lives of pets and families through providing education, raising
awareness and providing donations.

PETstock Assist’s Charity and Events lead Jessica Curtis said that reviewing current trends in pet homelessness is important.

“The pet adoption landscape changes rapidly, and this year we’re seeing more
cats available for adoption compared to other animals, closely followed by large dogs and bonded pairs – animals that have entered rescue together and need to be adopted together,” Ms Curtis said.

“Growing your family to include an adopted cat, large dog or bonded pair will not only enrich your life, but also the life of the adopted pet by offering them a safe and loving environment to thrive in.”

For more details on PETstock Assist’s National Pet Adoption Month visit