THE loss of one pet helped give another animal a second chance at life.
Horsham woman Judy Gardiner was devastated after losing her chocolate burmese cat about six weeks ago.
Her pet dog, a yorkshire terrier cross silky terrier, was also upset about the loss.
“She was fretting so badly,’’ she said.
Ms Gardiner had collected the burmese pet from a breeder, but a visit to Horsham Petstock convinced her to adopt Connor, a ginger and white kitten that had been dumped at Horsham Pound.
She said Connor had changed her life.
“He’s just so adorable – so lovely,’’ she said. “I wouldn’t be without him.
“I wouldn’t go with a purebred again – the best thing I ever did was getting him.’’
Connor’s adoption was also a special moment for Horsham Petstock – he was the 200th cat it had helped rehouse.
Horsham Petstock has fostered cats at the business since mid-2012.
Every month it also hosts a meet and greet session.
Petstock owner Gary Smith highlighted the efforts of Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support in rehousing animals.
“I don’t think any other council in Australia runs a program like this,’’ he said.
“Horsham council and PAWS should be congratulated.’’
Ms Gardiner echoed his sentiments.
“I reckon they do a fantastic job,’’ she said.
“People who adopt the animals from them adore them.’’
Ms Gardiner encouraged people to support the rehousing program.
“I think it’s the best,’’ she said.
“If I ever get another animal I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I think they do absolutely fantastic jobs.’’ Horsham PAWS president Carolyn Stow said a partnership between Horsham Petstock, Horsham council and Horsham PAWS was the secret to the rehousing program’s success.
She said Horsham Petstock had helped raise the profile of animal adoption in the area.