Sunday, February 25, 2024

Ballarat shelter marks 3000th adoption

The Ballarat Animal Shelter has recently celebrated the 3000th animal adopted from the facility.  

City of Ballarat Council Mayor, Des Hudson said the milestone was definitely an achievement worth celebrating.

“To say that we’ve had a hand in finding 3000 animals their forever homes is incredible,” he said.  

“Our Animal Shelter staff strive to match our animals into the best environment possible through our adoption process, whilst at the same time caring and providing enrichment for those animals in the shelter who aren’t ready to go yet.

“It is a lot of work, but it’s their passion and enthusiasm which gets us many thousands of pets adopted into families.”

The Ballarat Animal Shelter enables adoptions via the PetRescue platform, which it has used since September 2017, in order to get promote its animals to an Australia-wide audience.

The platform allows the Ballarat Animal Shelter to create profiles for the available dogs, cats and other animals, so that the community understand the animal’s needs before making an appointment to see the pet.  

It holds all the important information, like age, microchip number and even if “belly-rubs are a necessity”.

Ballarat couple Camilla and Simon Barclay said adopting a dog was the obvious choice for their family, and since moving to the area, their children had been asking for a furry friend to join their family.  

“We went to the shelter to meet a dog for our family, and instantly fell in love with Winston – we just had to have him,” Camilla said.  

“He has settled into our family so well, and now the children fight over whose room Winston sleeps in each night.”

The record is also timely, as tender documents were released for the design services for the new Ballarat Regional Animal Facility. 

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