Eighty years of refuge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

MERCY Place Lath­lain and the Dogs’ Refuge Home have come to­gether to cel­e­brate the 80th an­niver­sary of the refuge home.

Tales from our Home is a spe­cial 80th an­niver­sary pre­sen­ta­tion com­piled by the refuge and it took se­niors on a trip down mem­ory lane as refuge vol­un­teers took them through the shel­ter’s history.

Mercy Health’s ser­vice man­ager Lor­raine Wal­lis said res­i­dents could re­mem­ber adopt­ing a dog from the shel­ter last cen­tury.

Dogs’ Refuge Home pres­i­dent Karen Rhodes said she wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to talk to the res­i­dents about the refuge’s work in help­ing Perth’s aban­doned dogs.

“Our in­cred­i­ble vol­un­teers have worked hard to un­cover the refuge’s history in our 80th an­niver­sary year; we have been heart­ened to learn how ex­ten­sively our home has been wo­ven into the fab­ric of the WA com­mu­nity since the 1930s,” she said.

“It will be won­der­ful to hear from res­i­dents who have first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence of adopt­ing.”

The refuge has res­cued and re­homed about 50,000 dogs.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Res­i­dent Mar­jorie New­ton, Dog Refuge Vol­un­teer LeeAnne Ash­ley and res­cue dog Poppy.

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