The happy faces of children met those of expectant would-be pets in Shepparton yesterday as part of National Pet Adoption Day.
The event had PetStock work with Greater Shepparton City Council’s animal shelter to find cats and dogs loving new homes.
It was a successful day, with two dogs and 14 cats adopted out.
‘‘We had people lined up at the door at 9.30am — we didn’t open until 10. We had about 30 people standing in this area looking at the cats and dogs,’’ PetStock Shepparton store manager Kylie Phillips said.
Ms Phillips said it was always enjoyable seeing the interactions between families and the animals.
‘‘We actually had one little girl come in and she cried because she was worried that the older cat wasn’t going to get adopted, so that was very cute,’’ she said.
‘‘As soon as they see one they like, they pick it up and cuddle it and they connect with the animal. It’s not so much that they choose the animal, but the animal chooses them.’’
Ms Phillips said it was rewarding to see the animals go to loving families.
‘‘Especially when you know these animals haven’t come from a good place usually, so for them to go to a loving home, it’s really good to see that,’’ she said.
‘‘A lot of our customers are customers that animals are part of their family, and to know they are going to a decent home and going to be part of the family is great.’’
National Pet Adoption Day is organised annually at PetStock stores across the country.