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Approximately 64,000 dogs and 62,000 cats come through the RSPCA each year. Of that figure, about one third are rehomed via adoption. RSPCA Yagoona shelter manager Adam Farrugia explains that at his Sydney-based shelter alone there are over 100 cats and dogs awaiting adoption at present. "The figures vary throughout the year. In the summer there's always an influx of cats as they breed rapidly during the warmer months. However, no matter the time of year, the most common type of animal up for adoption is a cat. This is followed by large adult dogs, who may be a little more challenging to handle if they are big and boisterous." Pet perspective When thinking about adopting a rescue pet, such as one from the RSPCA, your local council animal shelter or Pet Rescue, you need to consider the animal's needs and background. "Some animals may have minor medical issues, some may be older, they Enhance your life and give a four-legged friend a second chance through pet adoption. may have behavioural complications and will take time to adjust to a new lifestyle," warns Farrugia. "The animal's needs must be at the forefront of your decision when considering adoption." Rescue organisations will provide you with as much information about the animal as possible, such as its history, how it has behaved in their care and what ongoing medical costs might be involved, if any. Animal matchmaking Before heading off to your local rescue shelter, Farrugia advises you reflect on your personal circumstances. "You need to ask yourself why you really want a pet, you also need to assess your lifestyle: if you are active, your family situation -- such as if you have young children -- your housing situation and your history and experience with pets," he says. Ask yourself these questions to determine if and what animal may suit you. From there you'll be able to find an animal that would benefit from sharing your lifestyle. "The key to successful pet adoption is ensuring that the right person or family is matched to the right animal," says Farrugia. Aside from the wonderful feeling you'll have from not only giving an abandoned animal a second chance at life, and from simply having a new four-legged friend, your health will improve too. Research published in the British Medical Jour nal reports that people with pets are more active, fitter, have better moods and less mental health issues, reduced risk of heart disease and more social interactions. Pet adoption can change more than just one life for the better! ANIMAL RESCUE AND YOU Receive 10% o HCF Pet Insurance HCF Pet Insurance can help if your dog or cat falls ill. HCF members receive a 10% discount on new Pet Insurance policies. For more information call 1800 630 681 or see hcf.com.au/petinsurance This product is issued and underwritten by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473, AFSL 241436). Consider the combined Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement available at hcf.com.au/petinsurance before deciding to buy or continue to hold this product. The next step To adopt a pet or find out more about adopting, volunteering or donating, see rspca.org.au and petrescue.com.au or contact your local animal shelter.
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