Why Victorians are a pet-loving lot

Bendigo Advertiser, By CHLOE ROSS; Nov. 15, 2012

EIGHTY per cent of Victorians living with pets believe their animals are vital to their happiness, according to a study released this week.

The Study of Pet Companionship found that Victorians without children placed the greatest emphasis on the animals in their lives, with 81 per cent of respondents valuing the contribution of their scaled, furry and feathered loved ones as crucial. This was compared to 67 per cent of married respondents or 59 per cent who had children.

The study findings rang true for Flora Hill resident Jarrod Martin, who dotes on three-year-old pet dachshund, Delilah. “She’s part of the family,” he said.

Delilah accompanies Mr Martin to work every day at Mirridong Aged Care, where she and another visiting dog have become favourites among residents.

“I’m the maintenance guy there and she will follow me around on the job,” he said. “The residents really appreciate what she brings to the place.”

La Trobe University psychological science Associate Professor Pauleen Bennett said Australia had one of the highest rates of pet ownership, with an estimated 33 million domestic animals.

“This study confirms just how important our pets are to us. Not only do they provide unconditional love and companionship, they boost our happiness.”

The study’s release coincides with the launch of Colgate’s Smile for Change pet gallery. Pet lovers can support the cause by sharing photos of their pets online at www.facebook.com/ColgateAustralia

Colgate will donate $1 for every photo uploaded to The Smith Family to help disadvantaged children. Two photos each week will win a $100 Petbarn voucher.

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2 responses to “Why Victorians are a pet-loving lot

  1. companionanimalnews

    Yes, everything said is correct; we have had 5 dogs and every one has given us or gives us a lot. All undeniable. But read behind the PR here folks. This exact same article appears in Tasmania, Queensland , and other States. Its “80% of Victorians”, then “80% of Queenslanders”, then “80% of Tasmanians”….what’s going on? Well what’s going on folks is that the pet industry ( PIAA, Vet Associations, Food Companies, Breeders, etc, all members of ACAC) are terrified at the declining numbers of owned animals by the public across Australia – all of which impact on their profits and vested interests. So they engage research of this type , urging us all to make sure we all get a dog, or two. So public, don’t be fooled, understand what is going on here. Yes, by all means get a pet if you can guarantee to look after it for life, but get your pet from an animal welfare charity or recognised animal Rescue and rehoming Group. There are thousands desperately needing a home. Never buy an animal from a pet shop ( unless it is working with Rehoming Groups ) thus reducing the demand from puppy farms.
    NB Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Company. They are a large scale provider of dog and cat foods.

  2. It would be great if Colgate also donated money to rescue efforts, or, instead pf using pets as their PR props, capitalised on the opportunity to spread the word about rescue pets

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