Throughout March, PETstock Assist will host the annual National Pet Adoption Month with an aim to help rescue pets find a home.

Each year 80,000 urban stray cats are killed by council as a way of managing unowned animals, but according to animal welfare charity PetRescue, this only increases the number as the remaining cats produce larger, healthier litters as there is less competition for food.

Jessica Curtis, Charity and Events Leader at PETstock Assist, said after seven national adoption initiatives, it is important to review the current trends so we can break the cycle of pet homelessness across Australia.

“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.”

PETstock Asisst is encouraging Australians to adopt different this March by thinking how they can make more sustainable choices, remove their bias towards pet adoption and address the issue of pet homelessness by adopting a pet that is in need.

“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.”

Sam Mac, TV weatherman, animal welfare advocate, and owner of two rescue cats, Coco and Cleocatra, has partnered with PETstock Assist to help find a home for the thousands of homeless animals across the country.

“I’m a big believer that we don’t choose our adopted animals, they choose us. My cats are so unimpressed by everything I do. They sit there with solemn looks on their faces, judging my every move. But there’s something about their nonchalance that I find so hilarious. There’s a reason cats dominate the internet; they make us laugh!

“The day that I found Coco at the shelter, I fell in love. I believe that deep down they know you’ve given them a second chance at life, and they’ll repay you forever. This may make my life sound really sad, but that little white fluff ball is one of the best things to ever happen to me.”

Curtis said that if you’re not currently able to adopt a pet there are several other ways you can help to solve the pet homelessness problem.

“By fostering or volunteering at your local rescue group, you’re not only providing a safe place or care for an animal in need, but you’re also creating space for stray animals seeking shelter. By donating in store throughout March, you will be supporting PETstock Assist and helping them continue their rescue initiatives.”