A pet store owner says she has seen more pet adoptions this year than in the past three years, while the number of exotic pet stores in Australia has jumped from around 50 to more than 500.
Pet owner Peter Sutcliffe said the increase was a “natural” outcome of a pet-friendly environment in the pet-store sector, and that he hoped the numbers would rise again in the near future.
Mr Sutcliffe, who runs the pet store Petfinder in Port Augusta, said he had seen a 40 per cent increase in the number the previous three years.
“People have seen what we’ve done to attract a larger number of pet owners to our store and it’s been a really positive thing for the industry,” he said.
“I think we’re at the point now where the adoption rate for pets is pretty good.”
We’ve also seen an increase in demand for our dogs as well, which has also been really good for us.””
We’re not the only place in the world that has that kind of growth, but I think that’s just going to continue to happen.
“Mr Sutclaw said he wanted to see the number grow even further, but he would not be surprised if pet store adoption rates dropped in the future.”
There’s no doubt we’ve got some big problems we’re trying to address in the next few years,” he told news.com.au.”
But I’m really hopeful we’ll see it continue to grow.
“Pet store owner Peter Mckinnon said he hoped a number of major retailers would increase their pet store openings, with his shop having opened in the last few months.”
My business has been doing really well for the last couple of years, but now it’s just started to take off,” he explained.”
In terms of growth in the industry I think we’ll probably see more retail openings in the coming years.
“Mr Mckampins father, Mike, said there was a lot more competition than usual in the retail sector.”
For the first time in a long time we’re seeing people that aren’t in the field at all coming into the industry.
“It’s been good for me as I’m now in a job that allows me to work out more about the pet industry, as opposed to sitting on the couch with my hands folded in front of me.”
“I’m looking forward to the future and hoping the market will grow even more and I can keep up with demand.”
Pet owner Tony Macke, who lives in Brisbane, said pet adoption rates had also risen.
“As far as pet adoptations go I think they’re really high,” he revealed.
“When I came to the market, we had two people come and pick up a pet and it took about three months to get them all.”
“That’s something we’ve had to do quite a bit more of recently, and we’re hoping that will continue to be the case in the years to come.”
“But the good thing about the industry is there’s plenty of other opportunities out there that I’m sure will make up for the shortfall.”
Topics:animal-welfare,industry,human-interest,human,animal-doctors,business-economics-and-finance,human.frost,petfinder-4630,port-augusta-4700,portland-4305Contact Peter SutcliffMore stories from Victoria