January 2023

Companion Animal Network Australia issues warning to pet adopters about pet rescue scams

Leading national animal welfare charity Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN) is warning pet adopters about fake pet rescue groups which are breaking hearts and draining bank accounts.
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“The majority of pet rescue groups are run ethically by staff and volunteers who are dedicated and work hard to save animal lives,” said Trish Ennis, CEO of Australia CAN, a registered charity representing the companion animal welfare work of member organisations across the country.

“But sadly, there is a rise in scam pet rescue groups targeting people who want to adopt from a shelter or rescue. Scammers are impersonating real animal shelters and rescue groups or posing as people who want to rehome an animal and tricking the public into adopting pets that don’t exist.”

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