The Animal Welfare League South Australia (AWLSA) is in the middle of an adoption crisis. Increasing financial pressure on households has led to a critical downturn in the number of animals being adopted creating the lowest adoption figures in a decade.
Damien Marangon, AWL General Manager Operations says that dog adoptions are down 30% and cats 10%, creating record lows.
“There is a combination of reasons that our adoption figures are so low, but they are all related to the financial pressures that families are under. Last year, our adoptions started to plummet as we experienced continual interest rates hikes and this year, with more rises forecast, the outlook is not good. If you combine this with the introduction of a flood levy, discussion of carbon tax and the rise of general household basics such as electricity and water, then people just cannot afford to own a pet.
“Humanity has suffered some truly horrific events in recent times, but the AWLSA urges people to remember our four-legged friends during these difficult times. Research has shown that pets provide owners with both psychological and physiological benefits and the majority of these owners are healthier than those without pets”.
There are many benefits to adopting a dog or cat from the AWLSA. All animals ready for adoption are desexed, micro chipped, vaccinated, health-checked and temperament tested. Add these costs when you buy an animal elsewhere and you can look at spending in excess of $600. So adopting from the AWLSA is a great outcome for the new pet owner and the animal”
The AWLSA is a not-for-profit organisation that receives no government funding, relying on donations to continue to care for the 20,000 lost and abandoned animals that arrive at the AWLSA each year.
Pets need love too so give an abandoned companion animal a second chance at a ‘forever’ home!
The AWL Adoption Centre is located at 1-19 Cormack Road, Wingfield and is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm.