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
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.”
Lynda Hancy with Dexter.
Inca with granddaughter Milly.