2000 dogs saved from death row

Pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship around the lo­cal re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

Sharyn Banks This al­lows us to get a bet­ter idea of their na­ture and how they in­ter­act with other an­i­mals and each other.

RED Col­lar Res­cue pro­vides tem­po­rary refuge and even­tu­ally new homes for aban­doned, abused, un­wanted and death-row dogs.

It is an in­de­pen­dent, non-profit, non-gov­ern­ment­funded or­gan­i­sa­tion run pri­mar­ily by Sharyn and Rus­sell Banks.

All dogs at Red Col­lar Res­cue are vet-checked, vac­ci­nated, wormed and de­sexed prior to be­ing made avail­able for sale to the pub­lic.

Founder Sharon Banks said the refuge was man­aged by an un­paid elected com­mit­tee, with all funds com­ing from fundrais­ing and do­na­tions.

“The refuge operates from a prop­erty at Woowoonga, near Biggen­den,” Mrs Banks said.

Since open­ing, 2000 dogs have suc­cess­fully found new homes and fam­i­lies.

Last week­end, Red Col­lar Res­cue held its adop­tion day at the Isis Pet Re­sort.

The adop­tion day drew in a small crowd and the or­gan­is­ers thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

“As we live on­site, we are avail­able seven days a week, 365 days a year to talk to prospec­tive adopters and wel­come vis­i­tors,” Mrs Banks said.

They en­deav­our to spend as much time as pos­si­ble with all the dogs in their care.

“This al­lows us to get a bet­ter idea of their na­ture and how they in­ter­act with other an­i­mals and each other,” she said.

Mrs Banks has had an­i­mals her en­tire life, and has al­ways been vo­cal about the need to de­sex pets, and pro­motes re­spon­si­ble own­er­ship.

The 160-acre prop­erty is a haven where dis­placed dogs and horses can heal emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally un­til they are ready to find a new be­gin­ning.

The adop­tion day in­cluded the Cat Lounge from Hervey Bay and its mes­sage was about de­sex­ing the fam­ily cat.

Vol­un­teers are the back­bone for both or­gan­i­sa­tions, and Palais Hol­ness from the Cat Lounge said it’s im­por­tant to de­sex your cat from a young age.

“You can de­sex a cat when it’s 1kg in weight,” Miss Hol­ness said.

“Scar­ness vet surgery of­fers de­sex­ing and mi­cro-chip­ping for $100.”

Miss Hol­ness would like other vets to re­duce fees to en­cour­age more peo­ple to be re­spon­si­ble for their pets.

Pets are costly and vet fees nor­mally don’t fit into the fam­ily weekly bud­get.

A pet adopted from Red Col­lar Res­cue is guar­an­teed to be de­sexed and have a full vet check.

The res­cue en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to visit when they are look­ing for the per­fect pet.

For more in­for­ma­tion on adopt­ing a pet, phone the team on 0438 869 085.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

RED COL­LAR RES­CUE: The an­i­mal refuge has suc­cess­fully re­homed and saved 2000 dogs from be­ing eu­thanised. This pup Levi is only weeks old and look­ing for a for­ever fam­ily. The res­cue was re­cently part of an adop­tion day held in Childers.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

HOME WANTED: Drover, 18 months, with Red Col­lar vol­un­teer Kim Neri, and Milo, eight months old. Both dogs are look­ing for a fam­ily and a new home.

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