Stand­ing up for staffies

HAPPY TALE WITH SQUIRT

North Coast Times - - OPINION - Lucy Jarvis

SQUIRT is one of the Staffy And Bully Breed Res­cue group’s suc­cess sto­ries, born in a pound a year ago and han­drea­red for 16 weeks un­til she was adopted.

SABBR foster carer co-or­di­na­tor Me­gan For­rest said the group was called to a pound in Jan­uary 2016, where a preg­nant staffy went into labour.

The vol­un­teers helped her give birth to three pup­pies be­fore rush­ing her to a vet for an emer­gency cae­sarean for an­other three pup­pies.

While most of the pup­pies were healthy, Miss For­rest said Squirt was very sick, weigh­ing just 93g, and she had to feed her ev­ery hour around the clock.

“She was han­drea­red by my­self from 48 hours to 16 weeks,” the Quinns Rocks res­i­dent said.

Miss For­rest said the foster fam­ily in Tap­ping who looked af­ter the mother and sib­lings even­tu­ally adopted Squirt.

“She does re­ally well – she has an amaz­ing qual­ity of life,” she said.

“She has met lots of dogs; she goes down to the beach.”

Miss For­rest said she ini­tially adopted a dog from the group six years ago.

“Once I adopted him, I be­came more in­volved as a vol­un­teer, then took on role as foster care co­or­di­na­tor,” she said.

The vol­un­teer-based group re­lies on do­na­tions from the pub­lic, both in kind and in dol­lars, and its un­paid com­mit­tee of eight co-or­di­nate dog res­cues and sur­ren­ders through­out the year, helped by about 150 vol­un­teers.

Last year it res­cued about 100 dogs, but Miss For­rest said the num­bers fluc­tu­ated each year, depend­ing largely on how many pup­pies were born.

She said they also of­fered ad­vice to pet own­ers on the needs of bull breeds.

To raise aware­ness dur­ing Na­tional Pet Adop­tion Day, Staffy And Bully Breed Res­cue car­ers and pets will be at PET­s­tock in But­ler on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, be­tween 10am and 2pm.

The ini­tia­tive, which is a part­ner­ship be­tween the stores and not-for-profit an­i­mal res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion PetRes­cue, seeks to find homes for all home­less pets across Aus­tralia.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit PetRes­cue. com.au or www.sabbr. com.au.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d464488

Me­gan For­rest from Staffy And Bully Breed Res­cue with staffy Squirt.

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