The past 12 months have been a blessing for homeless cats and dogs across the city, with RSPCA pet adoption numbers 'off the charts'.
Petbarn Dubbo store manager Renay Armstrong said the past financial year has been the best year they have ever had in terms of adoptions, and so far, it is looking as though the numbers will continue to remain steady.
"There has been 552 Dubbo animals adopted over the course of those 12 months, and across all of our Petbarn stores more than 50,621 animals have been adopted," Mrs Armstrong said.
Mrs Armstrong said adoption numbers had been increasing long before COVID-19 restrictions forced people to stay home more, although the closure of pounds means that more animals are going to Petbarn.
"We've had a lot more people travelling to Dubbo from other places to adoption animals as well," she said.
"The dogs we have had coming in haven't even lasted an entire day before being adopted."
Petbarn cares for NSW RSPCA shelter animals and 100 per cent of the adoption fee is returned to the RSPCA.
Dubbo Petbarn recently hosted nine brindle puppies from the area that were up for adoption through the RSPCA.
All nine pups found their forever homes within only four days of being put up for adoption.
One of those puppies, Baylee, was adopted by Kattrill George, who said meeting him was a blessing.
"I adopted Baylee instantly after seeing him on the RSPCA page on Facebook," Miss George said.
"I saw one photo of him and his beautiful siblings and fell instantly in love with the little blue collared boy. When I arrived to Petbarn Dubbo he was the only pup left. I had a feeling I was going to add another furry friend to our family, then there he was.
"He found us."
Miss George said it was love at first sight, and Baylee has been a cherished member of the family ever since their first meeting.
"Baylee is just the most precious, well-behaved puppy," she said.
"He is always listening to my voice, he learns very quickly and he is so very cheeky."
Miss George said Baylee has settled in well in his house and has even found himself a furry friend of his own.
"Gosh, he is so loved by myself my daughters and our kitty Toothless," she said.
"Baylee is the biggest, beautiful cuddly bear with nothing but love to share. He is my little shadow."
If you or someone you know is thinking of adopting, you can view all available animals online at www.rspcansw.org.au/adopt.
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