Find the purrfect pet this Valentine's Day
PET dating on Valentine's Day. If you're thinking of the intimate Lady and the Tramp spaghetti slurping scene, it's not quite like that.
This Saturday's pet dating at Lismore Petbarn is about finding the perfect match between owner and adopted pet.
Kats in Traumatic Times Emergency Network (K.I.T.T.E.N.) will be running a stall to talk about responsibilities as a pet owner, and of course find some kittens and adult cats new owners.
"You can't give an unsuitable pet to an unsuitable owner," K.I.T.T.E.N. founder Lucinda Dyason said.
"Just like human beings, there's personality conflicts, there's preferences on attitudes, colour, age and sex.
"So we look to match the owner and the pet that will get on and give the pet a whole life, not a short-term commitment."
Ms Dyason may also have a couple of rabbits available for adoption if they don't find new homes by Saturday.
Lismore store manager Meredith Gallanty said Petbarn partnered with different rescue groups each year on Valentine's Day.
"We're focusing on kittens this time around," she said. "In a lot of the re-home situations it's cats.
"People who have something go wrong, something changes and they need to give their animal up ... a lot of people have multiple cats so more cats come through.
"We seem to find senior cats are the ones people overlook when they're looking for new pets but they're usually very sweet, settled and really good pets."
Ms Dyason said there would be K.I.T.T.E.N volunteers available to talk to people about the responsibilities involved with taking care of a pet.
"There's the responsibility of desexing. Of course, all adoption pets come desexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated and vet-checked," Ms Dyason said.
"We make sure people have permission to have them where they're living and know the difficulty of getting rentals with pets."
The pet dating session at the Diadem St store runs from 11am to 3pm.