Tales of many wag­ging tails

THIS YEAR THE DOGS’ REFUGE HOME IS CEL­E­BRAT­ING 80 YEARS OF TAK­ING THE STRAY AND ABAN­DONED DOGS OF PERTH AND FIND­ING THEM NEW LOV­ING HOUSE­HOLDS. TO COM­MEM­O­RATE THE MILE­STONE, THE REFUGE WILL TAKE THE COM­MU­NITY ON A HEART-WARM­ING TRIP DOWN MEM­ORY LANE WITH

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

SAL­TER Point res­i­dent Joan Reimers is just one of the lucky new dog own­ers touched by The Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shen­ton Park.

Ms Reimers came to adopt her Inca af­ter she es­caped from a foster carer on the road to Ger­ald­ton and spent three months lost in the bush dur­ing sum­mer in 2012.

But with a com­mu­nity res­cue group, the search for Inca never stopped de­spite the harsh con­di­tions.

“It was a re­ally rough ex­pe­ri­ence; we thought there was no way she could have sur­vived,” Ms Reimers said.

“When we found her she went straight to the vet, cov­ered in ticks and with open wounds as though she’d gone through barbed wire or fought with a kan­ga­roo.”

Now nearly three years on, Inca is one of the Dogs’ Refuge Home’s great­est suc­cess sto­ries.

“She used to be so scared and timid but now she’s re­ally bonded with the fam­ily; my grand­daugh­ter idolises her,” Ms Reimers said.

“She wasn’t the kind of dog I would or­di­nar­ily get but you’d never meet a more loyal dog.”

Over 80 years, the home has re­homed around 50,000 dogs and pup­pies and pres­i­dent Karen Rhodes said the book un­cov­ered how in­valu­able the res­cue work was and ex­plored more in­cred­i­ble sto­ries like Inca’s.

“We gen­uinely be­lieve that res­cued dogs are the best breed of all,” she said. SOUTH Perth’s Lynda Hancy has been a refuge vol­un­teer for more than 10 years, so it is spe­cial that the tale of her refuge dog Dex­ter ap­pears in Tales from our Home.

Ms Hancy fos­tered Dex­ter while a per­ma­nent home was found for him. Un­for­tu­nately the per­ma­nent home was not so per­ma­nent and when he re­tuned to the refuge, Ms Hancy couldn’t let him go again.

“Dex­ter first found him­self at the Dogs’ Refuge home in 2009 af­ter a re­ally bad start to life; he was only a very small puppy and quite fright­ened of both hu­mans and other dogs,” she said.

“He’s been with us now for five years and is a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to our fam­ily and adores our other adopted dog, Roxy.”

Ms Hancey be­gan volunteering at the Dogs’ Refuge Home in 2002 and has adopted three dogs over that time.

“I have been volunteering con­sis­tently as a dog walker ever since, as well as held the po­si­tion of vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor for nearly four years and acted on the com­mit­tee for three years,” she said.

“The Dogs’ Refuge Home has given me a great sense of pride and I’ve met some of the most in­spir­ing peo­ple, as well as some of the most amaz­ing dogs.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Lynda Hancy with Dex­ter.

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Inca with grand­daugh­ter Milly.

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