Foster a friend for Christ­mas this year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IF CHRIST­MAS is look­ing quiet and you are in need of a friend to help brighten the sea­son, why not foster Man’s best friend from Paws and Claws.

The pro­gram to foster dogs is a great way to fig­ure out whether a pet will suit your life and home and if you de­cide that it might not work out, you can give them back at the end of the fos­ter­ing pro­gram.

And if you think your life will be bet­ter with a pet dog or cat then you can speak with Man­ager Bianca Maguire about an adop­tion.

“If they’re look­ing to get a pet, this is al­ways a good start up to de­cide whether they ac­tu­ally do want to get a pet and tak­ing pup­pies on or even adult dogs it is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she said.

“Dogs are a big re­spon­si­bil­ity and we want to min­imise an­i­mals be­ing put down, dumped or sur­ren­dered into refuges.

“Peo­ple need to be aware tak­ing on an an­i­mal is part of the fam­ily, not just prop­erty and fos­ter­ing an an­i­mal gives them a bet­ter idea of some­thing they want to do in the long term.”

The pro­gram is to foster dogs only, be­cause cats take longer to ad­just to their new sur­round­ings and can get stressed.

“Never give an an­i­mal as a present, even if they ex­pressed get­ting a cat or dog - they want to choose one they like and not what you like, an an­i­mal they’ll click with and not one you’ve clicked with,” Bianca said.

The best op­tion for Christ­mas is fos­ter­ing a pet and to get in­volved you need to sign up as a Paw Buddy and make sure your yard com­plies with coun­cil reg­u­la­tions - fenced and only two an­i­mals per yard.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the foster a dog pro­gram and about adopt­ing a pet, vol­un­teer­ing and do­nat­ing food and goods to the shel­ter, con­tact Paws and Claws on 4098 5721.

Photo by AN­GEL FLETCHER

Look­ing for a home: Ka­t­rina Horne with one of the dogs up for adop­tion

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