Group aims to get an­i­mals in SAFE homes

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Sav­ing An­i­mals from Euthanasia is striv­ing to res­cue and re­home an­i­mals to lov­ing homes across WA.

Al­bany dog re­hom­ing co-co-or­di­na­tor Rosie Mar­getts said the pri­mary goal of SAFE was to make a dif­fer­ence in the quality of life for cats and dogs and to pro­mote the im­mense value of pet own­er­ship.

“Our dream aim and goal would be to end over­pop­u­la­tion of pets in Aus­tralia, zero euthanasia for re­homable pets, and a good quality of life for all com­pan­ion an­i­mals,” she said.

Ms Mar­getts said SAFE Al­bany had about 45 car­ers who fos­tered on and off de­pend­ing on their avail­abil­ity and more were al­ways needed.

“We are look­ing to build a net­work of foster car­ers in the Al­bany/ Denmark/Mt Barker re­gion,” she said. “Foster car­ers gain a real sense of pur­pose and achieve­ment that comes with sav­ing the lives of healthy adopt­able an­i­mals and SAFE Al­bany pro­vides support to foster car­ers and car­ers can be part of the adop­tion place­ment process for their foster pet.”

Since the start of Novem­ber, SAFE has had 40 cats, 25 dogs and two rab­bits in its care. The group now has 21 cats need­ing homes and three dogs.

Ms Mar­getts said she would en­cour­age peo­ple to adopt a pet rather than buy­ing from back­yard breed­ers.

“Adopt­able pets listed by re­li­able res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions have not only been health-checked, they’ve also been as­sessed for tem­per­a­ment, ba­sic man­ners and toi­let train­ing,” she said.

“That means they should be able to help you find a suit­able pet-match for your fam­ily and lifestyle.

“Adopt­ing a res­cue pet presents a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to teach your chil­dren the es­sen­tial values of com­pas­sion, car­ing, and the self­less act of giving some­one a sec­ond chance.”

SAFE is al­ways in need of spon­sor­ship, do­na­tions, vol­un­teers to help with fundrais­ing and car­ers to look af­ter the an­i­mals.

An­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion can be seen at safe.asn.au/pet­s_in_ al­bany.htm or face­book.com/SAFE Al­bany/.

Picture: Lau­rie Ben­son

SAFE car­ers Rosie Mar­getts and Mary-Anne van den Hoek with dogs Sadie and Max.

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