Pets of Hopeland: Pet Ownership Booms in the Pandemic – Hope 103.2

Pets of Hopeland: Pet Ownership Booms in the Pandemic

Photos to bring a smile to your face. New research reveals 69 per cent of Australian households now own a pet... and we love seeing them all!

By Natalie BennettWednesday 18 Aug 2021LifeReading Time: 4 minutes

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.

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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 🐱 🥰 

Louie that cat

RSPCA rescue pet, Louie

Loki

Shelter rescue pet, Loki

Graham's cat

Sooty

El's cat

El’s little diva

Colin, Anita's cat

Colin, just wanting to watch his shows in peace

Colin, Anita's cat

Colin getting a lockdown nap in


Share a picture of your purr-fect fur baby with us!

Tag @sydneyshope1032 on Instagram or @Hope1032 on Facebook so we can share your pictures with the rest of Hopeland, and bring some good news to lockdown life.


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 🐶 🥰

Izzy all dressed up for Christmas

Izzy, all dressed up for Christmas

Kaylee dog

Kaylee, jumped in the back of the ute to make sure no one left her behind

Toby with child

Toby helping support the family through home school

Buster, Jodie's dog

Buster

Molly

Molly, not wishing to be photographed, she only signed up for “office buddy”

Hersey and Titan

Hersey

Hersey and Titan

Titan

Broxi the Border Terrier

Broxi the Border Terrier

Phil's dogs Barney and Prim

Barney is the black Labrador & Prim is the Finnish Lap Hound. Barney specialises in supplying lab reports. Prim specialises in yapping.

Skye and Shadow - Chantal's dogs

Skye and Shadow - Chantal's dogs

Skye and Shadow. Look at those blue eyes!

Anna’s dog named Georgie - Isobel's sister

Anna holding Georgie

Neffie. She is a 2-year-old miniature Groodle (Golden Retriever Poodle

Neffie, a two-year-old Groodle

Princess Sparkles, Freddo's dog

Princess Sparkles

Princess Sparkles, Freddo's dog

Princess Sparkles from another angle

Louis, Mike's dog

Louis the four-month-old Maltese Shih Tzu


Share a picture of your fur baby with us!

Tag @sydneyshope1032 on Instagram or @Hope1032 on Facebook so we can share your pictures with the rest of Hopeland, and bring some good news to lockdown life.


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.

Pat's little Moo Moo

Moo Moo

And, we’re even happy to see pics of “neighbourhood pets” like “Bruce Tucker” from south-west Sydney.

A south west Sydney neighbourhood horse known as Bruce Tucker

A south -west Sydney neighbourhood horse that has been affectionately named Bruce Tucker