Ma­cie marks ma­jor mile­stone for SAFE

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Staffy-cross puppy Ma­cie is adorable but she is also re­mark­able in other ways, as the 4000th dog to be saved by Sav­ing An­i­mals from Euthana­sia Kar­ratha in its al­most 16-year his­tory.

An­i­mals res­cue ser­vice SAFE, which be­gan in Kar­ratha and still has its head­quar­ters here, cel­e­brated the lo­cal mile­stone when Ma­cie was saved as part of a lit­ter of nine puppies last month and along with sib­lings Mag­gie and Moe, was put into foster care with res­i­dent Jenna Giles.

SAFE Kar­ratha founder Sue Hed­ley said it was a mile­stone for the ser­vice and in­di­cated its foster care model was gain­ing mo­men­tum, with the 3000th dog hav­ing been saved a lit­tle more than three years ago.

“It’s a huge achieve­ment and it shows the mag­ni­tude of the an­i­mals we’re help­ing,” she said.

“It doesn’t feel like very long ago that we were cel­e­brat­ing the 3000th dog.”

Ma­cie’s foster carer Jenna Giles, who is a first-time carer with SAFE, said her fam­ily had started fos­ter­ing to help an­i­mals in need and bring “an in­flux” of new pets into their home to join their two fully grown dogs. She said the trio of puppies had been very af­fec­tion­ate if “a lit­tle chaotic”.

“Be­ing a new carer, they’re my first puppies (with SAFE), so it’s a def­i­nitely an hon­our to get the 4000th here,” she said. “SAFE Kar­ratha’s been do­ing amaz­ing work to get to (that num­ber).”

Founded in 2003, SAFE has 12 branches in re­gional and metropoli­tan WA and has saved more than 23,000 an­i­mals through adop­tion. The or­gan­i­sa­tion saved its 3000th cat in July last year.

Long-term dog foster carer Bob Hunter said SAFE’s model gave an­i­mals a sec­ond chance.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

SAFE Kar­ratha co-or­di­na­tor Elichia Cervel­lin, foster carer Jenna Giles, Pay­ton Ling, 3, and foster carer Bob Hunter with SAFE's 4000th foster dog, Ma­cie, cen­tre, sis­ter Mag­gie and brother Moe.

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