Dog res­cue on hold while car­ers catch up with pups

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr

Ger­ald­ton Dog Res­cue has had to stop res­cu­ing aban­doned dogs, af­ter the num­ber of tail-wag­gers in care dou­bled this year.

Vol­un­teer Tanya Shad­dick-Ward said the group had more than 30 an­i­mals, while they usu­ally only cared for an aver­age of 15.

The spike has been partly caused by dogs in care hav­ing lit­ters, which are putting car­ers out of ac­tion for about eight weeks un­til the pup­pies be­come old enough to re-home.

Vol­un­teers have also flagged a grow­ing num­ber of dumped pups.

“We are notic­ing a much higher num­ber of sur­ren­dered dogs to the pound,” Ms Shad­dick-Ward said.

“There are sev­eral on the web­site now and it’s usu­ally the larger dogs that re­main in fos­ter care for longer pe­ri­ods as GDR re­ally strug­gle to re-home them.

“The dream — for all peo­ple to take their pet own­er­ship se­ri­ously and res­cues not be re­quired.

“Don’t get me wrong we do what we do be­cause we have a pas­sion and most of the time en­joy it, but the heart­break and num­bers are un­be­liev­able.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Shad­dick-Ward, the num­ber of dogs in care has put a lot of pres­sure on vol­un­teers, prompt­ing her to ask for more help to re­duce a “back-to­back” load on ex­ist­ing car­ers.

“It’s a re­ally hor­ri­ble feel­ing to go to the pound and say no or not even look at some dogs as we don’t have any­where suit­able for them to stay,” she said.

Ms Shad­dick-Ward has en­cour­aged lo­cals to do­nate vouch­ers in­stead of food to re­duce stor­age load and to give dogs tai­lored di­ets.

She asked that res­i­dents com­mit to be­ing a pet owner for the full length of their dog’s life.

Ger­ald­ton Dog Res­cue will hold a Dog’s Day Out at City Farm­ers Ger­ald­ton on Oc­to­ber 20 from 9am to 11am.

To adopt or fos­ter a dog, con­tact 0400 219 719.

Pic­ture: Tamra Carr

Ger­ald­ton Dog Res­cue pres­i­dent Lenci Mill­man and vol­un­teer Leah Lochhead sit with mixed breed Raff, 12 months, and bor­der col­lie Wy­att, 10 months.

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