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Big rewards for families adopting rescued animals

Chanel Kinniburgh, January 30, 2017 5:00PM Herald Sun

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Meghan Roberts with Budd the dog at PetStock, Zetland. Picture: Craig Wilson media_cameraMeghan Roberts with Budd the dog at PetStock, Zetland. Picture: Craig Wilson

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THESE adorable pooches are on the hunt for their forever home.

Seven labrador-newfoundland cross pups are hoping to join new loving families when they go up for adoption on the weekend.

The annual Pet Adoption Day will be held on Sunday from 10am in all PETstock stores around Australia — including over 50 Victorian locations.

PETstock Assist Charity Co-ordinator Jess Guilfoyle said around 23,000 pets a year end up in shelters searching for a second chance at life.

“The bond* that you find with rescue pets is very special, once they feel safe with their forever family the bond is there for life, ” she said.

Pet Adoption Day media_cameraMeghan Roberts with Budd the dog at PetStock, Zetland. Picture: Craig Wilson

“We had over 330 animals adopted last year, we’re pretty proud of it, but obviously we’re aiming for more this year.”

All animals come health checked and with basic training.

The six-week-old pups will join cats, rabbits and guinea pigs looking for a new leash on life.

Pet Adoption Day encourages* people to adopt rather than shop for their next fury friend.

People can visit stores for a meet-and-greet with the animals and information on the adoption or fostering process.

For more information visit petstock.com.au

GLOSSARY:

Bond: A binding agreement or a force that holds things together.

Encourage: to offer support, confidence, or hope

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Activity 1. Creative writing

Many stories, including many fairytales, follow a plot in which the characters are faced with a problem that they work to fix. In stories with happy endings, the problem is solved in the end. Write a story with a happy ending for one or some of the pets in a pet shelter. Include:

— introducing the characters, including details about what they look like and personality

— why they are in the shelter and what life is like in the shelter

— how their problem of being without owners is solved, including the happy ending.

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Pet Adoption Day is one way of spreading the message that there are many pets in shelters that need adoption. Think of as many ways as you can that you could spread this message. Choose the idea you like the most and write or draw a detailed plan about how you are going to achieve your goal of telling people about all the pets in shelters needing new homes.

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