Welcome the new year by giving home to a pet

THE start of a new year is a great time to reunite with lost pets or open up hearts and homes to a new furry little friend.

Residents interested in introducing an addition to the family are encouraged to visit Renbury Farm and adopt a pet.

Renbury Farm sits on two hectares of land and is the preferred pound for Liverpool, Camden, Fairfield and Bankstown councils.

Assistant manager Lesley Withers said the festive season was the busiest time of the year, especially for cats and kittens being brought in.

She said the pound had accepted around 30 dogs and 50 cats into its care in the week leading up to this interview.

"These are higher than average numbers for the year but are pretty common during this period," she said.

"Ultimately we would like to get all the animals rehomed, and we have a relatively good success rate for not putting down the animals that are suitable for rehome.

"Some are adopted and some go to rescue organisations where they are cared for indefinitely until permanent homes are found."

Ms Withers said the busiest day of the year for impounds was New Year's Day, as animals — dogs in particular — who were afraid of the fireworks, often fled their homes.

She said the easiest way to prevent this was to ensure animals were kept in a quiet and safe place during the evening.

"If you know there is going to be fireworks, place them in a secure garage or laundry or give them to a friend to care for," she said.

For those adopting a pet, she recommended that they bring all the members of their household to meet the pet, particularly young children.

Kittens and puppies under eight weeks of age are not suitable for adoption directly from Renbury Farm, but are made available to approved rescue organisations.

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