PHOTOS: Mackay rescue animals find their fur-ever homes
MORE than a dozen rescue animals were adopted in Mackay as part of National Pet Adoption Day celebrations.
PETstock stores across Australia, including North Mackay and South Mackay, played host to animal rescue organisations on Saturday.
The day is about meeting pets available for adoption, chatting with local rescue group representatives and learning more about saving lives through pet foster care.
PETstock North Mackay manager Melissa Francis said the celebrations got plenty of people into the store.
"We want to try to get as many of these foster kittens and cats finding their forever home," Ms Francis said.
Mackay Animal Rescue Society (MARS) cat coordinator Sarah Ladynski said there had been at least five cat adoptions from the North Mackay store and plenty of interest from the day.
"A lot of the cats are strays, surrenders or have been dumped," Ms Ladynski said.
"Some are mums that have come into care with babies."
She said National Pet Adoption Day was an opportunity to spread the message of "adopt, don't shop".
But the celebrations also brought joy to children and adults alike.
"The kids love the kittens - They have been wanting to hold them and cuddle them," Ms Ladynski said.
Over at South Mackay PETstock, rescue dogs were ready to meet their potential new owners.
"We had over ten dogs here in care and we have had seven of those adopted today," MARS dog coordinator Amanda Warry said.
"It was a very good result for everyone."