FAMILY PORTRAIT: The Sheean family (from left) Amelia, 4, Lauren, 2, mum Martha Delaney and dad John Sheean, were keen to adopt six-month year old rescued pooch Frankie (far right) from Northern Rivers Animal Services at the National Pet Adoption Day in Ballina on Saturday.
FAMILY PORTRAIT: The Sheean family (from left) Amelia, 4, Lauren, 2, mum Martha Delaney and dad John Sheean, were keen to adopt six-month year old rescued pooch Frankie (far right) from Northern Rivers Animal Services at the National Pet Adoption Day in Ballina on Saturday. Hamish Broome

Adoption: the best way to a pet’s heart

A CHANCE to adopt a homeless pooch or feline had pet lovers drooling on Saturday at Petstock's National Pet Adoption Day in Ballina.

The event gave local animal rescue charities such as Northern Rivers Animal Services the chance to promote their stock of rescued pets and educate people about the responsibilities of adopting one.

Most potential new 'parents' were requested to sleep on the idea, but one family couldn't wait.

John Sheean, his partner Martha Delaney, and children Amelia and Lauren Shean, 4 and 2, had a serious soft spot for six-month year old pooch Frankie, whose owner just a few days earlier had to give her up for medical reasons.

Already dog owners, the family recently gave up a family member's dog which they were caring for a year.

"It feels a bit empty in the house so we thought we'd find another dog to save," Mr Sheean said.

"It's great to give a dog a loving home…. and we get the joy of having other dog in the house.

"It's a win-win."

The family first met Frankie in the morning, before feeling compelled to come back in the afternoon

"I fell in love with her when I came in… she seems great with the kids," Mr Sheean said.

"I'm trying to do the responsible thing and sleep on it.

"But the longer we stay here the more it's coming down to a yes."

Vice president of Northern Rivers Animal Services Robyn Mostyn said there were four dogs and 20 cats available for adoption through the volunteer service on the day.

With a regular turnover of rescued pets, the organisation is always looking for more carers and adopters.

"She's a gorgeous dog and she's going to make a lovely pet," Ms Mostyn said of Frankie.

"She'll be booked in and get all her vet work done now, she's microchipped, vaccinated, she just needs to be desexed and checked over now."

Ms Mostyn said volunteers always advised potential adopters think about it first.

"We've had a lot of people fill out questionnaires, they go home and think about it to make sure it's the right decision for them and their pets. We also have a two week trial period just to make sure everyone gets along, and to make sure they get the right breed."



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