Did you know that over 63% of Australians have a pet? Amazing isnt it? And while Australian society has seen many changes in recent years, the value Australians place on their relationships with their pets remains constant. Pets are part of the family in 63% of Australian households, providing benefits to their owners and the communities they are part of. Even in tough economic times pet owners remain loyal to their furry friends and it seems this trend isnt about to change anytime soon.
Infact, take a look at these figures below...
- 12 million Australians are associated with pets.
- 63% of the 7.5 million households in Australia own pets.
- Australia has one of the highest incidence of pet ownership in the world.
- Typically, the major carer of the pet is female, married with children, living in the suburbs and most likely employed.
- 91% of pet owners report feeling 'very close' to their pet, reinforcing that pets are an integral member of the family unit, however constituted.
- Pets were a normal part of childhood for more than 83% of Australians.
- Of the Australians who do not currently own a pet, 53% would like to do so in the future.;
So what does this have to do with garage sales? Plenty.
Imagine holding your garage sale, everything is placed neatly on the drive for potential buyers to browse over, and suddenly your dog jumps the fence, and knocks over a 6 foot solid timber wall unit, toppling on top of an elderly lady haggling over a $3 lampshade. Eeek! Worst still, can you imagine having to deal with the parents of a child who has just been bitten or scratched by your pet cat or dog? The thought of what could potentially happen certainly isnt something you need to be worrying about on the day of your garage sale. I mean you're just trying to clear some clutter and make a few bucks. You dont need hassles like this.
I couldn't imagine either ending up in court, being fined by council or worse having the RSPCA taking my pet away because of an incident such as this. And while it might sound a little over the top, the potential of it occuring is a reality if your pets arent restrained.
Now it may not be of such an issue if you have a pet guinea pig. Its highly unlikely that someone will have their eyeballs scratched out by a guinea pig, but if you are the owner of a crazy cat or large dogs, then you have something to be mindful of for sure!
The best peice of advice that I can give you is that you make absolutely sure that your pets are restrained on the day of your sale. And while many pet owners may disagree suggesting that "my dog would never bite anyone" -- well that untrue. According to statistics is typically children that are attacked or injured, and this is often caused by teasing.
So in summary, be sure to place your pets in the back yard, securely, either tied up or locked away in a place that will prevent them from interacting with visitors during the day of your garage sale.
You will find that people wont be distracted, deterred or annoyed by your pets and your day overall will be a much friendlier and safer experience for all those involved.