2000 dogs saved from death row
Promoting responsible pet ownership around the local region
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.
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.
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.