Plenty of love to save pets

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ray­lene Bliss

A TINY runt that needed to be handfed ev­ery two hours, another dog with a 5cm rub­ber ball lodged in his stom­ach, seven pup­pies aban­doned in a box, guinea pigs and a horse are among the 89,000 home­less pets given a sec­ond chance at life last year by Pe­tRes­cue.

Pe­tRes­cue co-founder Vickie Davy says for the first time the non-profit ser­vice, that con­nects res­cue groups with adopters, saw de­mand for res­cue pets out­strip sup­ply in 2015.

“For us, that proves there’s enough love to save ev­ery life,” she says.

Davy says ev­ery year, more than 100,000 healthy pets are killed in Aus­tralia’s pounds due to home­less­ness, that’s roughly 25 per cent of dogs and 56 per cent of cats that en­ter the pound sys­tem and don’t leave alive.

“At Pe­tRes­cue, we’re work­ing to make pet adop­tion the first con­sid­er­a­tion for all Aus­tralians look­ing for a new pet,” she says.

The pet res­cue ser­vice, that has re­homed 387,217 pets in the past seven years, has launched its an­nual fundrais­ing cal­en­dar and this year’s cover girl is Squirt, whose life hung in the bal­ance be­fore she was even born.

Her heav­ily preg­nant mother found her­self home­less and in a pound but vol­un­teers from Staffy and Bully Breed Res­cue stepped in and placed Squirt’s soonto-be mother and fa­ther in foster care. Squirt was born dras­ti­cally un­der­weight and had prob­lems with her legs and liver. Af­ter a rough start she seemed to be do­ing bet­ter un­til one morn­ing when she was found life­less and strug­gling to breathe.

Squirt’s foster mum handfed her ev­ery two hours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, nurs­ing her to good health. This de­ter­mined lit­tle fighter is just one of the faces fea­tured in the lat­est Pet­s­tock Cal­en­dar, that raised more than $110,000 last year for Pe­tRes­cue, al­low­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion to de­liver life­sav­ing ser­vices to over 1000 res­cue groups, shel­ters and pounds in Aus­tralia. To pur­chase the cal­en­dar, for $3, visit pe­tres­cue.com.au or pet­s­tock.com.au

Squirt and other stars from the Pe­tRes­cue 2017 cal­en­dar.

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