FOR four-year-old Mac, PETstock's National Pet Adoption Day has been a lifesaver.
The gorgeous moggy is living his perfect life thanks to being rescued by Jane Symons at the annual day in 2016.
Mac was just a kitten when he was brought home by the PETstock employee.
"There are a lot of rescue groups actually which are home based in private homes and they take this opportunity to bring their animals they have for adoption into the public," Ms Symons said.
"When I started at PETstock in 2015, I became aware of the day, so in 2016 I went along to the event at the Latrobe Street store and I ended up coming home with a kitten.
"I adopted Mac on the day. Mac was a kitten, so he was quite young and friendly and he's now grown up with dogs, so it's easier having a kitten."
Ms Symons said the day provided an opportunity to look at rescued animals from across Ballarat, and even if you weren't able to adopt on the day, there were plenty of cuddles to be had.
"It allows the public and the staff as well to have a look at the pets up for adoption from our rescue areas," she said. "It's very handy to be able to have a look at the rescue pets before your adopt them.
"100 per cent I'd recommend people come down on the day, it's always nice to get a cuddle."
The past five adoption days across the country have found homes for nearly 3000 animals. The goal is that a further 1000 animals will find new homes nationally.
PETstock Assist Charity and Events Coordinator, Jess Guilfoyle said the campaign this year was to Adopt Different as a call to would-be owners to think differently about adopting a pet.
We want people to be open to different types of animals and breeds, to make considered and sustainable choices, and to give rescue pets a chance at a better life, she said.
Contrary to popular belief many animals are surrendered to rescue groups through no fault of their own.
Were encouraging all animal-lovers to attend National Pet Adoption Day on February 15, to meet pets in need, educate themselves on adoption and reconsider any biases they may have towards rescue animals.
All pets deserve a safe and loving forever home and through initiatives like this we hope to break the cycle of pet homelessness.
PETstock Delacombe's National Pet Adoption Day will be held on February 15 at Lot 2, 307 Smythes Road, from 10am-2pm.
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