Turns out 1 in 3 Aussies prefer pets over family and ya not wrong!

In some news that’s probably not so surprising, new research has found that one in three Australians actually love their fur-babies more than their own human family members.

The research was commissioned by ING and also uncovered the adorable revelation that a third of people consider their pet their child.

Interestingly, one in four pet owners also admitted that they would end a relationship if a partner didn’t like their pet.

While 40% of those surveyed said they spend more money on their pets than themselves and admit they’ve spent more on their pet’s birthday than for a family member or friend’s special day.

“It’s clear from the research that our furry friends help us with our overall wellbeing and happiness, encouraging us to feel less stressed with life and helping us to focus on the things that matter most,” Dina Kotsopoulos, Head of Wealth at ING said.

The research also revealed that dogs and cats have become such an integral part of Aussie life that owners are, on average, investing more than a full working day (9.6 hours) each week caring and up keeping their fur babies with grooming, shopping, feeding, exercising and entertaining.

“It’s not surprising that so many Aussies are prioritising their pets above everything else and dedicating a full working day each week to look after them,” Kotsopoulos said.

In some very wholesome news, over a third of those surveyed said their mental health has improved since owning a pet, while over half confirmed their pets have had a calming effect on them.

What did we do to deserve these beautiful balls of fluff?!


WATCH: Gold Coasters can access free dog education and training this month

Calling all Gold Coast paw-rents!

City of Gold Coast is hosting a series of free Pet Education and Training Sessions from 19 May to 6 June to help local dog owners learn how to build confidence, increase socialisation, reduce problem behaviour and keep their dogs safe.

Specialist dog trainer Craig Murray told myGC the sessions will cover an array of topics.

“There’s three information sessions and the first one is on body language, the second one is on barking, and the third one is behaviour,” he said.

“To help with your situation with your dog, if you come along to the information sessions, we will be covering all the things you need to know.”

Hot Tomato radio announcer Paul Gale caught up with Craig to find out more about the sessions, and to get a few helpful tips – watch below:

The 2 hour information sessions run from 19 May to 6 June at Helensvale, Nerang and Robina.

Bookings are essential, with individuals and families welcome to attend, however pets must be left at home. To find out more, or to book, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/peteducation

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by City of Gold Coast


Free care for companion animals of GC homeless at AWLQ Pet Support Day

A number of Gold Coasters in need have companion animals, but many cannot afford to keep their pets healthy.

To help, the Animal Welfare League Queensland hosted a Pet Support Day at the St Johns Crisis Centre on Monday, transforming the car park of the centre into a makeshift veterinary clinic.

44 animals were examined and vaccinated, while the team also distributed vouchers for follow-up vet consultations and desexing.

AWLQ spokesperson Craig Montgomery said the organisation is committed to companion animals, and supporting their owners, when in need.

“A homeless person’s animal can often be the most important, reliable companion in their life. AWLQ is committed to ensuring that their best friends are vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, treated for parasites, given food and bedding, with an offer of free desexing vouchers to their owners,” he said.

PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ

When the need arises, AWLQ also assists the homeless to rehome their animals should their situation become too difficult. Mr Montgomery said this is always done with compassion and in the best interest of the animal.

A variety of other service providers were also at the event including The Good Box for Dogs, The Good Box for Blokes & Gals, a St Johns Crisis Centre nurse, and more.


Christmas hope for animals needing new homes this festive season

Abandoned and homeless animals are being given a second chance at life this Christmas, thanks to Animal Welfare League Queensland.

The organisation has worked hard to maintain its services throughout the Covid pandemic, including looking after dogs like Boof and Iggy (pictured below).

The pair has spent 80 days being cared for by AWLQ’s dedicated staff, but will happily be off to their new homes just in time for Christmas.

Iggy and Boof. PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ.

Melinda Phipps, AWLQ State Rehoming Manager, said the Gold Coast community knows if anyone can give a pet a second chance, it’s them.

“It makes us so proud that we were able to help animals in need throughout what has been an incredibly challenging time for many people,” she said.

“We also know that our community joins us in caring deeply about abandoned and homeless animals.

“If you are in a position to give, please know that you will be helping us to provide homeless pets with a safe haven while they’re waiting for their new home,” said Ms. Phipps.

You can donate to AWLQ by visiting awlqld.com.au

Give your love and adopt an adult cat this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to profess your love; however, that doesn’t need to be limited to fellow humans.

Animal Welfare League Queensland is hoping the community will be struck by Cupid’s arrow and adopt an adult cat.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, adoption fees for adult cats have been reduced down to just $29 this week.

“We currently have more than 40 adult cats that are waiting for their second chance. We hope the loving spirit of St Valentine’s Day will inspire the public to consider adopting,” said Ms Phipps, Animal Welfare League Queensland State Rehoming Manager.


Layla | PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s promise is to never euthanise a healthy, sociable or treatable animal in our care.

“The community plays an important role in assisting us to achieve this promise when they choose to adopt. There is no greater gift to an animal in our care than a loving home. When you adopt a pet through Animal Welfare League Queensland, you are providing that animal with a second chance at happiness,” said Ms Phipps.

While love might be in the air for humans this Valentine’s Day, Animal Welfare League Queensland is reminding people to have their pets desexed.

“Cats are prolific breeders in warm climates, with one female cat capable of having up to three litters a year. Cats can begin breeding at four months of age, live anywhere between 10 and 18 years and have up to six to eight kittens at a time. It’s a recipe for overpopulation if they aren’t desexed,” said Ms Phipps.


Merengue | PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s standard adoption processes still apply and all cats are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.

Animal Welfare League Queensland has two Animal Rehoming Centres on the Gold Coast:

  • Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre, 1 Shelter Road, Coombabah
  • Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Centre, 2 Rossmans Road, Stapylton

The campaign runs from 10-16 February 2020, for more information on the cats available for rehoming head to awlqld.com.au.