Monday, April 22, 2024

Adoption milestone for Port animal shelter

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s animal shelter is celebrating the rehoming of 300 unclaimed animals in its first year of operation.

The shelter commenced operations under Council’s management on 1 November last year, setting out to return lost animals to their owners and educate the community on responsible pet ownership, Council said in a statement.

“In conjunction with this work, the shelter has also given unclaimed, stray and surrendered animals the chance for a new life, taking every opportunity to rehome the animals that find their way to the facility,” it said.

The shelter’s milestone 300th adoptee was a tortoiseshell cat named ‘Monday’.

The shelter’s team leader, Emmalee Andrew, recalls Monday’s story vividly.

“Monday was brought in after she was found wandering around a house that was recently vacated. We assume she was left behind because she was staying close to the home, she was incredibly friendly and definitely a domesticated cat,” she said.

“After Monday’s 8-day impound stay, a couple who had recently lost their family pet enquired almost immediately. They were the perfect fit for her, so she’s now found a new home with them at their farm in Wauchope.”

“Our primary aim is to reunite pets, and ensure all owners are educated on taking the best care of their pets. Where this isn’t possible, we’re glad each pet is given a second chance with a new family,” said Emmalee.

“When you adopt from us, you’re getting an animal that’s desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and registered. We make sure all new pet owners are equipped with the knowledge and means to provide the best care. You’re not just giving one animal a home, you’re helping us help others by promoting responsible pet ownership,” she said.

The Port Macquarie Animal Shelter uses their Facebook page to bring attention to lost, stray and surrendered animals in the hopes of reuniting them with their owners in the first instance, or finding them a new home.

To read more about responsible pet ownership, visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Pet-owner-responsibilities.

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