With National Pet Adoption Day around the corner, Sunbury locals are being urged to consider rescuing a furry new friend.

Sunbury PETstock is taking part in the sixth annual National Pet Adoption Day next month for locals to learn about the process of adopting a rescue animal.

PETstock Assist charity and events co-ordinator Jess Guilfoyle is calling on locals to be open-minded and think differently about adopting a pet.

“We want people to be open to different types of animals and breeds, to make considered and sustainable choices and to give rescue pets a chance at a better life,” she said.

“Contrary to popular belief many animals are surrendered to rescue groups through no fault of their own.

“We’re encouraging all animal-lovers to attend adoption day to meet pets in need, educate themselves on adoption and reconsider any biases they may have towards rescue animals.

“All pets deserve a safe and loving forever home and through initiatives like this we hope to break the cycle of pet homelessness.”

National Pet Adoption Day is on Saturday, February 15 at PETstock Sunbury, 85 Vineyard Road between 10am-2pm.