Council offers Free Dog Adoption in March

Published Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Fairfield Council is offering 15 local families the opportunity to adopt a dog for free during March.

The adoption initiative is a move by Council to find loving homes for the dogs from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, while providing local families with the opportunity to adopt a new four-legged friend.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the offer is a perfect way to bring dogs in need into the homes and hearts of Fairfield families.

"This initiative will be a win for the dogs and a win for families. It gives a dog a second chance at a bright future with a loving family. It also gives families the chance to experience the enjoyment of owning a dog and welcoming it into their lives.

"Although dog ownership comes with responsibility, for committed owners the rewards can be great. Pets are often a great addition to many families. They a can be good company as well as being good for our general health and wellbeing."

The offer will be open to 15 families who take up the opportunity during March. This coincides with the 2018 Year of the Dog, which has just begun in the Lunar New Year.

All dogs who are adopted under this program will be vaccinated, microchipped, desexed, de-flead and de-wormed. They will also undergo full health and behaviour assessments by SDCH's vet and animal care teams.

Residents will need to live within Fairfield City to take up the offer. Following their selection by Council, they can discuss their family needs with Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, and will be matched with an appropriate dog whose breed and temperament meet their needs.

Council currently provides a number of programs to encourage responsible pet ownership, including discounted fees to de-sex and microchip pet cats.

Research has shown owning a dog can:

- significantly help health and well-being

- provide great companionship

- lift the spirits

- keep us active, and

- help improve emotional and social skills.

The offer is available for 15 families who contact Fairfield Council and successfully complete the adoption process. To register interest call 9725 0872.