Today is World Animal Day and it only seems like yesterday (well maybe a tad longer than that) that I spent this day 25 years ago at Taronga Zoo, launching a major fundraising campaign with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), who I worked for at that time.

Fast forward to today and I’m grateful to still find myself working with, and on behalf of, the animals that don’t have a voice of their own.

Whilst we see and hear many sad stories in the media about the treatment of animals, World Animal Day is a day for celebrating all that we love about our furry, feathered, scaly, slimy friends.   I am also excited to share some greats news from one of the Pooches at Play partners, PETstock, on this special day.

PETstock is an Australian family owned and operated business who set up their charity foundation PETstock Assist to assist abused, abandoned and neglected pets through rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming initiatives. They also support community companion animal projects and disaster assistance and raise awareness about rescue pets, animal health and the impact of animals on human happiness and health.

Today, PETstock Assist have announced that they will be donating $1 million this financial year to organisations and projects that assist pets and families across Australia through their Grant Program, with most of the funding to be allocated to local, grassroots organisations that are best placed to make a real difference, but generally struggle to find the funding to do so.

So, if you support, work with or volunteer for a worthy a local community group or charity that is helping those in need, whether that be animals, people or the planet, then encourage them to visit for further information on how to apply for a grant.

On a personal note, I am honoured to have become an Ambassador this week for Second Chance Animal Rescue who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals that would otherwise suffer, so you’ll definitely be hearing more about their great work in the future as well.

Lara & Darcy x


About the Author: Lara Shannon is co-Host of Pooches at Play and has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers Federation. Lara also runs her own dog walking, dog minding and dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area.