Would You Like A New Pet for the New Year?

Every year many people are given new pets, particularly puppies and kittens, as Christmas gifts.  Some of those animals are very fortunate and go into homes where they become part of the family.  Others are not so lucky.

Many new pets are taken to animal shelters

After the holiday period each year animal shelters get very busy. Many additional cats and dogs are brought in to them “to be given to a good home”.  Perhaps new owner didn’t want an animal or the novelty wore off.  Often it has became clear that they couldn’t look after the animal properly.

The sad reality is that many of these animals are put down because they have nowhere to go.

Could your new pet be a rescue animal?

Are you are considering a new animal companion? Perhaps now is a good time to think about getting a Rescue Animal, giving one animal a life that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Where can you get your rescue animal?

The RSPCA is known for its work with animals in Australia.  They encourage people to adopt a new pet from their rescue animals. But there are several other organizations that are very committed to the welfare of rescue animals too.  AnimalsAustralia provides seven compelling arguments for why your new pet should be a rescue animal.  Even their images tug at your heart strings. Apparently greyhounds that have retired from racing make wonderful new pets too. If you really want to mess up your emotions for the day have a look at AnimalsAustralia’s heart-warming rescue stories.  Finally, PetRescue has created a comprehensive directory of places where you can get a rescue animal as your new pet.

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Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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