Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I OF­FER a very sin­cere thank you to the woman and man who came to my res­cue on Septem­ber 1 when on en­ter­ing River­ton Fo­rum cen­tre my car stalled and then re­fused to restart.

Un­for­tu­nately, at the time I was un­able to thank them per­son­ally for their gen­er­ous as­sis­tance. KEN HOL­LIS, Fern­dale. strong – still sav­ing thou­sands of dogs in need and still an in­te­gral part of the wider Perth com­mu­nity.

In­deed, over 50,000 aban­doned dogs have been given a sec­ond chance at life as a re­sult of the ded­i­ca­tion, per­se­ver­ance and un­wa­ver­ing belief held by ev­ery­one in­volved with the Home that dogs are val­ued mem­bers of our so­ci­ety and de­serve to be treated with love, re­spect and above all com­pas­sion.

The sad news is there is still a seem­ingly never-end­ing num­ber of dogs in need, wait­ing in pounds to be saved be­fore their time is up, sur­ren­dered by the public be­cause they can no longer look af­ter their “best friend” and dumped be­cause, well, who knows why?

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the aware­ness of res­cue dogs and how they can make the most loyal, de­voted pets is in­creas­ing - but it needs to in­crease much more.

We need more peo­ple who care and we need more peo­ple to take ac­tion.

Across WA things need to im­prove – fewer dogs need to be bred, more dogs need to be ster­ilised and ev­ery sin­gle dog should be given the same un­con­di­tional love they give us. Own­ing a dog is a priv­i­lege not a right. To ev­ery per­son who has ever adopted or fos­tered a dog from us and to any­one who has ever made a do­na­tion - a heart­felt thank you.

And to any­one who has ever wanted to make a dif­fer­ence to lost and aban­doned dogs – adopt, foster or do­nate – it’s the best feel­ing in the world. The refuge’s 80th an­niver­sary book,

is on sale at the refuge and all pro­ceeds go di­rectly to sav­ing aban­doned and un­wanted dogs. KAREN RHODES, pres­i­dent, Dogs’ Refuge Home, Shen­ton Park

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