Dog in­flux has SAFE stretched

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

An in­flux of dogs need­ing to be fos­tered or found new homes re­cently has Sav­ing An­i­mals from Eu­thana­sia staff scratch­ing their heads with no ob­vi­ous cause presenting it­self.

Ram­sey, pic­tured, came to SAFE from the Shire of Ash­bur­ton last week af­ter be­ing left un­claimed in a pound for too long.

He has since been vac­ci­nated and chipped and has found a new home.

Ram­sey is one of about 40 dogs look­ing for fos­ter car­ers or new homes at the mo­ment, a num­ber SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley said was al­most un­heard of.

Ms Hed­ley said dogs were com­ing in for a wide va­ri­ety of rea­sons, from own­ers not claim­ing found dogs to peo­ple get­ting pup­pies off Face­book then get­ting rid of them as they got older.

“We gen­er­ally have more cats than we do dogs be­cause cats are so much harder to find a home to care for them even though they are so much eas­ier to care for,” she said.

“Even just car­ing for one dog for a time is a help and if it doesn’t work we take them straight back so it is not like any­one will ever be stuck.

“So many peo­ple love an­i­mals but loads of peo­ple who live here can’t pos­si­bly take on a pet full time ... so this is just a won­der­ful in-be­tween where they get the joy of a pet with­out the long-term com­mit­ment.”

Ms Hed­ley said SAFE would like to see more car­ers with­out pets come on board be­cause it made the move less stress­ful for some fos­ter pets.

Pic­ture: SAFE

Shire of Ash­bur­ton ranger Tanya Jones and SAFE em­ployee Sara Chris­tou with Ram­say.

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