ADOPTION DAY: Alexis Blue, 9, from Mackay with Leanne Williams.
ADOPTION DAY: Alexis Blue, 9, from Mackay with Leanne Williams.

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.

ADOPTION DAY: Jessica Boland, 6, from Marian.
ADOPTION DAY: Jessica Boland, 6, from Marian.

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.

ADOPTION DAY: Ange Meyer from Bucasia.
ADOPTION DAY: Ange Meyer from Bucasia.

"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.

ADOPTION DAY: Mackay Animal Rescue Society cat coordinator Sarah Ladynski.
ADOPTION DAY: Mackay Animal Rescue Society cat coordinator Sarah Ladynski.

"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".

ADOPTION DAY: Isabella McGann, 8, from North Mackay.
ADOPTION DAY: Isabella McGann, 8, from North Mackay.

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.

ADOPTION DAY: Dana Schmidtke, 3, with her brother Evan, 6, from Mount Pleasant.
ADOPTION DAY: Dana Schmidtke, 3, with her brother Evan, 6, from Mount Pleasant.

"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."

ADOPTION DAY: Kieran Hamilton, 8, with his sister Eden, 6, from Walkerston.
ADOPTION DAY: Kieran Hamilton, 8, with his sister Eden, 6, from Walkerston.


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