Adopt don’t shop this Christmas

Published on 30 November 2022


Christmas is just around the corner and Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging anyone considering welcoming a new pet into their home to adopt don’t shop.

Christmas is a great time to adopt a pet as most families have time off and can dedicate this period for bonding and settling the pet into their new home.  

There are currently 18 dogs and 14 cats at the Shelter waiting for their furever homes and their profiles can be viewed online at the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter Facebook page.  

Jodie Parnell from the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter said adopting a pet from the Shelter is a rewarding and enriching experience for those keen to add a new member to their family.

“We’d love to see more people thinking about adoption, so make an appointment to come meet our animals that are desperate to be loved, and love in return,” said Ms Parnell.   

“It’s important to remember that pets should not be given as Christmas gifts unless it’s a decision made by the person who is receiving it.

“Animals require a lot of attention and care, and all involved need to be ready for that commitment”, said Ms Parnell.   

For those that cannot commit to a pet full time, you can still spread Christmas cheer by donating food, treats or toys to the animals. Residents can drop something special under the Shelter’s Giving Tree from 9am – 4pm seven days a week.  

For more information please contact the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter on 4429 3410 

Photo: Jodie Parnell - Team Supervisor, Shoalhaven Animal Shelter, Alfie - Team Mascot, Shoalhaven Animal Shelter, and Barney the rescue dog.


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