What is Pound Paws?
Pound Paws is an Australian-based charity that is dedicated to rehoming pets in a modern, online approach. The organisation was founded in 2014 by Brittany Bloomer, after she discovered that there was a significant need to reduce the number of animals euthanised and rehome them instead.
“It is our mission to encourage the public to adopt instead of shop, reduce the amount of pets on death row per year, educate the Australian public about responsible pet ownership & create a positive movement for our furry friends.” – Pound Paws
The Pound Paws website is an online search engine curating pounds and rescue groups all over Australia. The website gives potential pet owners the ability to browse available pets on one platform. Browse for your new furry best friend here!
A Sad Reality...
NSW recently passed the Companion Animals Amendment (Rehoming Animals) Bill 2022 which has provided councils with mandatory actions to take when dealing with a seized or surrenderd animal. The aim of the bill is to give seized or surrendered animals a second chance at life, by being placed in a rescue centre.
However, the rise in unethical puppy mills and backyard breeding has led to overcrowding in many rescue centres. Subsequently, rescue centres have limited space, preventing them from accepting animals in need. This is a harsh cycle which leads to the death of many animals in Australia. From July 2020 to July 2021, the RSPCA alone, euthanised 2,502 dogs, an alarming 11.2% of the total dogs received by the RSPCA in that period.
- By adopting, you are making room in rescue centres for other seized or surrendered animals. Furthermore, your adoption fee contributes to the sustainability and operation of these rescue centres.
- Many pets across Australia are abused and abandoned. The RSPCA responds to more than 13,000 cruelty complaints every year. By adopting from organisations such as Pound Paws, you are saving the life of an animal and providing a safe and loving environment for them to be healthy and happy.
- Animals that are adopted from the pound or rescue centres have received comprehensive veterinary care. This includes desexing procedures, as well as receiving any necessary treatment for health issues. Therefore, adopting is an inexpensive option.
- From a practical standpoint, adopting may be advantageous for you as most rescued dogs are already adults and familiar with basic commands and toilet training. Therefore, simplifying the transition of bringing them home.