Plenty of love to save pets
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.