“It has now been three years now since we established our partnership with Best Friends and we are absolutely thrilled with how successful the program has been,” Cat Shelter Manager, Karina Bailey said.
Best Friends Pet SuperCentres are the new ‘breed’ of pet shops in that they do not sell puppies at all, or kittens sourced from breeders. Instead, stray kittens and cats from The Lost Dogs’ Home are transported to the various Best Friends stores surrounding Melbourne and Geelong, where they are able to be adopted by Best Friends customers.
“We initially started out with just the Geelong store, but the Thomastown store, then Maribyrnong and many more came soon after, and since then the program has really grown,” Karina said. “It was only twelve months ago that we celebrated adopting our one thousandth kitten.
“Everyone from the Home and Best Friends are very proud of what we have been able to achieve so far.”
Karina said that with more Best Friends stores opening recently, both organisations are confident two thousand kittens will be adopted before too long.
“We are hopeful that by continuing to give people more access to adopt, they will be more inclined to give a home to one of our unwanted, but wonderful cats or kittens.”
There are far too many abandoned, unwanted cats and kittens arriving in Shelters and Pounds around Victoria every day, Best Friends are doing their bit to educate pet owners and have revolutionised the idea of a pet shop with their motto of ‘think adoption first’.
“It is great that Best Friends share one of our important objectives, that being raising awareness on the benefits of adopting a shelter animal,” Karina said. “It’s so refreshing to see a pet store that is making a significant effort to not contribute to the huge number of abandoned cats and kittens without homes in Australia.”