Sporting legends cheer on rescue pets for inaugural National Pet Adoption Month

national pet adoption month
Giaan Rooney

Throughout March, PETstock Assist has enlisted top sporting stars to help celebrate its inaugural National Pet Adoption Month initiative to find even more pets homes, educate the public and celebrate the entire rescue community.  

Australian sporting superstars and animal welfare advocates, Sharni Layton, Peter Siddle and Giaan Rooney, have teamed up with PETstock Assist to support the month-long initiative and educate Australians on the benefits of pet adoption. 

Layton and Siddle are no strangers to rescuing animals, each being proud adoptive pet parents to three cats and five dogs collectively.

Since teaming up with PETstock Assist in 2020, Giaan Rooney has welcomed a four-legged rescue into her family.  

“At the beginning of 2020 we began the search for a new furry family member, and it wasn’t long until I met our beautiful dachshund/kelpie cross puppy, Roy,” Rooney said.  

“Adopting Roy has been so rewarding. He’s formed a great bond with my children, who already understand the important responsibilities of caring for an animal.” 

PETstock Assist Charity and Events lead, Jessica Curtis, wants everyone, not just adoptive parents, to think differently about what they can do to help break the cycle of pet homelessness.  

“Those who choose to adopt not shop play a critical role in reducing the number of animals in need,” Curtis said. “Not only by providing a loving home and second chance, but also leading by example.

“But it’s not just pet parents who are changing the lives of rescue animals in Australia. There are countless rescue groups, volunteers and foster carers right across the nation who are all helping break the cycle.” 

For more details on PETstock Assist’s National Pet Adoption Month visit As always there will be an event held at selected participating PETstock stores across Australia on Saturday 13 March. 


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