PETS FIND HOMES

Fam­ily falls in love with Face­book pup

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

FOR many of us, our fam­i­lies just don’t feel quite com­plete with­out, at least, one four-footed mem­ber.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are al­ways plenty of them wait­ing for a fam­ily.

That’s what the Pound Pets ini­tia­tive is all about, and the Chin­chilla News was thrilled to learn a num­ber of the pets we’ve fea­tured in re­cent weeks have found their fur­ever homes.

Two weeks ago we fea­tured a pint-sized pup, now named Coco, who gar­nered more than 5500 views on Face­book.

We sat down with her new fam­ily to hear about how they found, and fell in love, with their play­ful new com­pan­ion.

Mum Kristy Lewis said she hadn’t in­tended on get­ting a dog, af­ter hav­ing big dogs in the past that jumped up at her youngest daugh­ter.

“But this one popped up on Face­book and she just looked so sweet,” Miss Lewis said.

“There was another cou­ple look­ing at her be­fore­hand so I gave up, and then Shane (an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer) rang me back later on, and I went out and had a look at her and she was just so sad and so ex­cited that some­one was out there to look at her, so de­cided ‘yep, she was the one’.

“She was just per­fect.” In Fe­bru­ary this year Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil in­tro­duced free de­sex­ing up un­til the end of April for all cats and dogs adopted, a pro­gram Miss Lewis de­scribed as “amaz­ing”.

“You can take them home and you know there’s no chance of pup­pies com­ing along,” she said.

“It’s a big ex­pense for fam­i­lies that have to put out for de­sex­ing so what they’ve done is re­ally good.”

For the Miss Lewis and her chil­dren Chloe, Blake, and Alyssa, Coco is al­ready part of the fam­ily.

“She just fits in so well with the kids, she prefers the kids over me most days, but still try­ing to get her used to the cats,” Miss Lewis said.

“They’re get­ting closer and closer ev­ery day.”

For Chloe, wel­com­ing Coco has been in­cred­i­bly spe­cial.

“I’m more of a dog per­son,” she said.

She said she’s happy to be able to give an­i­mals a home if they don’t have one.

PHOTO: BROOKE DUN­CAN

FRIENDS FUR­EVER: Blake, Chloe and Alyssa with new pup Coco.

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