Leading animal welfare charity Companion Animal Network Australia (AustraliaCAN) has appointed pet behaviourist and dog trainer Lara Shannon and mediapresenter John Deeks as its new ambassadors.

Australia CANJohn Deeks with Daisy and Simon

The two new ambassadors will work with Australia CAN to further its mission ofbringing people and pets together.

Australia CAN promotes the human animal bond and responsible pet ownershipthrough national campaigns, partnerships, and initiatives. It also representsthe companion animal welfare work of six member agencies that provide rescue,shelter, re-homing, fostering, health care and enrichment services to morethan 50,000 animals every year.

Trish Ennis, CEO, Australia CAN, said she is honoured to welcome the twoambassadors who are supporting the charity’s mission in developing andpromoting programs that deliver high welfare standards for companion animals,such as Rent with Pets, Pets in Aged Care and Pets in Business.

“Following the increase of pet ownership during the pandemic lockdowns and theisolation of our senior citizens, it’s more important than ever to supportpets in aged care settings as well as workplaces,” she said.

“Lara and John spend their time and effort increasing the human-animal bondthrough building public awareness. They embody our values and are totallyengaged to support our mission. Both John and Lara are massive talents, and Iam honoured to have them join us.”

A long-time animal welfare advocate, Shannon is an author and the Presenter ofChannel 10’s Pooches at Play program.

“Helping to reduce the amount of companion animals ending up in shelters andbeing needlessly euthanised is the overall goal for everything that I do,” shesaid.

“Supporting a national organisation like Companion Animal Network Australiathat can represent different state bodies is a great way to have a powerfuland national impact.”

A veteran Channel 7 announcer and current presenter on Your Live Choicespodcast, Deeks feels a personal connection to Australia CAN as he has seen thepositive effect animals bring to human lives, whether it be a family pet or acompanion.

“It has been scientifically proven that animals bring great benefit to ourlives. I want to help raise awareness in my community and work in tandem withAustralia CAN in their commitment to promote companion animals within thewider community.”

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