Farewells am­bas­sador

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

■ It was the end of an era for Kar­rathabased an­i­mal res­cue ser­vice Sav­ing An­i­mals From Eu­thana­sia last week when its long-term ca­nine am­bas­sador died.

Ter­rier cross Taffy had spent a long and happy 14 years with founder Sue Hed­ley be­fore he sud­denly lost mo­bil­ity in his legs at the SAFE house in Pegs Creek last Thurs­day.

He was rushed to Kar­ratha Pets and Vets and when it be­came clear he was not go­ing to re­cover, his car­ers took sev­eral hours to say good­bye be­fore he was put to sleep.

SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley said Taffy was the last of her pre-SAFE an­i­mals and had been an im­por­tant part of the ser­vice since she had res­cued him as a puppy, de­serted on the South Hed­land vet’s doorstep.

“It wasn’t un­til af­ter sav­ing Taffy that I started SAFE, be­cause I kept find­ing an­i­mals that needed help,” she said.

“So (for­mer SAFE dog) Am­ber and Taffy were two of the rea­sons SAFE started.

“As one of the dogs that was res­cued and part of SAFE for so many years, he’s wit­nessed al­most 6000 cats and dogs that have come and gone.”

Ms Hed­ley said Taffy was known and loved by many in his role as SAFE am­bas­sador and had al­ways been a “so­cial but­ter­fly”.

“He’s been in­volved in a lot of photo shoots and gone to schools to talk about his life,” she said.

“He’s been a bit of a me­dia hound, al­ways keen to get the word out about SAFE.

“He’s been such a good am­bas­sador be­cause he was such a good-na­tured dog.

“He loved the at­ten­tion.”

Pic­ture: He­len Osler

SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley and Taffy.

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