PETstock Assist Adoption Stage


9:30am – 5pm daily.

Hear expert talks about all things Cat Adoption and learn about how adopting your newest furmily member could be the most rewarding experience of your life.

The PETstock Assist Adoption Stage is a must-see attraction for guests who want to learn all about the wonderful world of Cat Adoption. Leading authorities and organisations will provide informative insights into: why Cats are surrendered, how the adoption process works, selecting the right Cat, temperament and health assessments, and how you can help. These interactive presentations are a great chance to learn and ask questions. Feline fanatics will rejoiced as the Cat Lovers Show offers the easiest opportunity to learn and find your next purr-baby.

This year, the stage will be MC’d by popular TV face and passionate, animal-welfare advocate, Lara Shannon.

About Lara Shannon: A passionate animal welfare advocate, Lara has been a regular on Australian TV stations for the past two decades.
She has worked across TV, radio and press as a presenter, producer and writer, as well as in public relations and marketing roles with a strong focus on conservation and animal welfare issues. After completing a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers’ Federation, Lara created and is the executive producer and co-host of Pooches at Play that airs nationally on the TEN Network and is Editor of Early in her career, Lara’s guest appearances on Australian Children’s TV shows Cheez TVSaturday Disney and Totally Wild helped teach many children about wildlife and the environment in a fun and engaging way; whilst her debut documentary, Ecochick Adventures: The Trans Borneo Challenge, aired nationally on Channel 9 in 2015 to raise awareness of the plight of the Orangutan. Lara has a been a media ambassador for organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature, Planet Ark, Keep Australia Beautiful, The Orangutan Project, and is now the Ambassador for Second Chance Animal Rescue. An enthusiastic and engaging public speaker, Lara will be MC’ing the Adopt a Dog stage at this year’s Dog Lovers Show (Melbourne and Sydney) – a topic close to her heart. Never far from her side is the cheeky ‘Dynamite Darcy’, her adorable ‘bitzer’ who was re-homed twice before finding his forever home with Lara… just in time to make his TV debut as her canine co-host at Pooches at PlayClick here to view their feature in the Women’s Day. Lara also runs her own local dog training and minding business in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs.