CAN YOU HELP?: Silver Lining Pet Rescue’s Marianne Mattingly-Ferris, with seven- month-old Shiloh. Pet Stock Maroochydore hosted the not-for-profit group as part of the nationwide pet foster day.
CAN YOU HELP?: Silver Lining Pet Rescue’s Marianne Mattingly-Ferris, with seven- month-old Shiloh. Pet Stock Maroochydore hosted the not-for-profit group as part of the nationwide pet foster day. Kristy Muir

Pet foster carers in demand

HOW much is that doggy in the window?

It's a question Pet Stock Maroochydore store manager Rob Smith is happy he doesn't get asked any more.

Although you can still buy animals of the scaly and feathery kind at this pet store, the furry kind are no longer up for grabs.

Instead, the pet store hosted the not-for-profit Silver Linings Pet Rescue organisation, to boost their profile as part of the nationwide pet foster day.

Mr Smith said Pet Rescue included 800 rescue groups around the country, of which Silver Linings was one. In the past 10 years those groups have saved close to 300,000 animals, including cats, dogs, horses and even guinea pigs.

"We're Pet Rescue's major partner and we help through our Pet Stock Assist Foundation," Pet Stock Maroochydore's Mr Smith said.

"It's quite frowned upon now to have pets in stores and we certainly try to lead people away from impulse purchases of cute and fluffy animals as they end up recirculating through these shelters.

"The fundraiser was also about endorsing and encouraging customers to consider fostering of animals, which is not a massive lifetime commitment."

With such a large volume of animals ending up in shelters and homes, Silver Linings Pet Rescue public relations volunteer Marianne Mattingly-Ferris said it was more important than ever for them to build up their list of foster carers, to save as many healthy animals from being euthanized as possible.

"All you need is a little patience, a lot of love and high fences to keep the animals in," she said.

"Cats will need to be kept indoors until they find their permanent homes and people renting can also become foster carers, they only need to show us proof that their landlord will accept animals on the property."

Visit https://slpr.vpweb.com.au or phone April on 0411 261 212.



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