The 2019 PETstock Assist Adoption Zone returned with a dedicated Dog Adoption Stage to help educate and inform Dog lovers about the world of Dog adoption, and help guests find their new fur-baby.
Visitors heard from members of many Rescue Groups who helped de-mystify adoption, and let visitors know everything they need to know when considering adopting a Dog.
This year, the stage was 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 PoochesatPlay.com. Early in her career, Lara’s guest appearances on Australian Children’s TV shows Cheez TV, Saturday 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 Play. Click 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.