Here’s a “good news” story we all need right now to put a smile on our faces – plus pictures of Hopeland’s fur babies to fill your heart with “awwwwwwe”.
It turns out we are a nation bonding with our fur babies through lockdowns, with new research revealing 69 per cent of Australian households now own a pet.
Pictured above Charlie & Evie, rescue pet Loki and Toby.
Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) has just released their report on Pets and the Pandemic: A social research snapshot of pets and people in the COVID-19 era, revealing the increase in overall pet ownership has been driven by over a million additional dogs being brought into Australian homes since 2019.
The old saying, “man’s best friend” still rings true, with these latest findings proving the companionship, emotional support and social benefits provided by pets continue to be highly valued by Australians, and the pandemic has been the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the benefits our furry four-legged friends bring us and our loved ones.
Despite what you might think about “pandemic pet parents”, the AMA report showed that most new (or additional) pet owners said they “had long been thinking of adding a pet to their household, and the pandemic has simply given them the time and opportunity to be home to ‘on-board’ the pets they’ve long wanted”.
It’s raining cats and dogs
It will come as no surprise to any pet owner, that AMA reported the pandemic appears to have strengthened the relationship between people and their pets, as 70 per cent stated being a pet owner has improved their lives during the COVID-19 era.
Those surveyed may have struggled to pinpoint specific changes but we all know how the companionship, comfort, positive mental and physical health, and unconditional love our pets provide us can make every day just that little bit easier.
Purr-fect news for cat people
Cats needing a new forever home have won big. The AMA research revealed that 24 per cent of all pet cats nationally were obtained during the pandemic, and almost half were given freely to their new home.
And now we bring you what you’ve all clicked here for…
The cat walk
Here are some of Hopeland’s totally purr-fect cat babies 🐱 🥰
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Paw-some news for when times are ruff
We are a nation that love our dogs, 19 per cent of all pet dogs nationally have been procured during the pandemic and, while we do care about breed and size, the AMA research revealed that by far the top reason people adopted a dog was for companionship.
The pup-arazzi pics
Introducing, some of Hopeland’s handsome dog babies 🐶 🥰
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We want to see all types of pets
It’s not just about cats and dogs, we know there are birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and more among our Hopeland community.
Here is little Moo Moo, the latest rescue pet of one of our sponsorship team members.
And, we’re even happy to see pics of “neighbourhood pets” like “Bruce Tucker” from south-west Sydney.