Cooke: adopt a pet locally

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging anybody who is looking to welcome a new furry family member into their home to consider adopting a cat or dog from their local council or rehoming organisation.

Ms Cooke said people adopting from local pounds and rehoming organisations are not only providing a new forever home for a homeless cat or dog but they can also take advantage of discounted pet registration fees when finding their new furry forever friend.

"Dogs and cats can make wonderful additions to any family - my dogs Tilley and Lolly are always ready to greet me with so much joy regardless of how long I'm away representing the Cootamundra electorate," Ms Cooke said.

"Local councils play an important role in caring for lost and surrendered animals in pounds and shelters, and many will actively seek to find new loving homes for them.

"I encourage people thinking of rescuing a pet to visit their nearest local council pound or rehoming organisation and meet their new furry best friend.

"As well as being wonderful new companions, rehoming abandoned cats and dogs has the added benefit of reducing the burden on animal pounds, shelters and rehoming organisations and, importantly, helps lower euthanasia rates."

For more information on adopting a cat or dog where you live, contact:

Weddin Shire Council - 6343 1212

Temora Shire Council - Paws 'n' Hooves http://www.pawsnhooves.com.au/

Bland Shire Council - West Wyalong Pound 6972 2266

LOOK AT THAT FACE: Steph Cooke is encouraging locals to adopt pets from local organisations such as the Weddin Council Pound.

LOOK AT THAT FACE: Steph Cooke is encouraging locals to adopt pets from local organisations such as the Weddin Council Pound.