According to RSPCA statistics, a little over half of all dogs brought into shelters are rehomed. Some were reclaimed by their owners, but not all dogs were so lucky. Before you pick up that cute little woofer from the pet store, you may want to consider adopting from a shelter. Some people think mixed breed dogs are bodgy, but a bitzer is not only just as good, but maybe better than a purebred. Just like a fruit salad has all sorts of tasty, beautiful and healthy fruits in one dish, a mixed breed has all sorts of wonderful creatures in one pet.

A third of Australian homes house a dog and a quarter of them home a cat. If you would like to join that number- or possibly just want a new mate for Bella or Charlie, try a visit to your local animal shelter, and here are the reasons why!

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Remember dogs and cats are usually in shelters through no fault of their own!

When you go to a Shelter you will find that they are dedicated to matching the right animal to the right person. It’s so easy to fall in love with a fluffy little ankle biter but the counsellors at a shelter know that a pet is forever and it is in everyone’s interest that the right choice is made. Shelter workers know all the animals individually and know who and what would be best for them. You may be thoroughly questioned when you go to a shelter. The counsellors are trying to find not only the pet that’s right for you, but just the right person for each pet.

Shelter pets might have been through the wringer, and they deserve better. Please open your home to an animal in need of one if you can. Please make sure your cat or dog desexed if the shelter has not already seen to it. As cuddly as kittens and puppies are, there simply are not enough homes for all of them. Having your animal desexed and not supporting puppy and kitten mills regulates the population.

Of course once you have your rescue pet, remember you will need to take care of the vet fees which can add up over the years.  To help with the cost of vet fees, you may want to think about Pet Insurance.  Get a quick quote now to see how affordable it can be to get the peace of mind of knowing you have help with the vets fees, for a lifetime.


This infographic was created by Mary Nielsen who founded and is a passionate cat lover, blogger, and part-time music teacher.

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Liz has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Pet Insurance to the market. She has headed up Petsecure for the past 12 years, and is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by rescue groups around Australia, and those who work to promote a better life for all animals.