Ev­ery dog to have its day

RE­TIRE­MENT HOME PLAN FOR OLDER DOGS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

JEANE Howes wants to build a re­tire­ment home for old and spe­cial needs dogs but needs help from the com­mu­nity.

“Lots of older dogs end up in the pound or are put to sleep but I want to give them an ex­tra year or two,” she said.

“Older dogs can be hard to look af­ter but we will wel­come them in and re­home the dogs where we can.”

As the pres­i­dent of the Best Friends An­i­mal Res­cue, Ms Howes has been res­cu­ing dogs for about 10 years but her lat­est project is much more am­bi­tious.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing per­mis­sion to build the home in the Perth Hills from the City of Swan in April, Ms Howes is mak­ing her dream a re­al­ity but does not have the es­ti­mated $180,000 to build it.

A quiz night will be held at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Novem­ber 5 to raise money for the project.

“The idea came from when I was a kid; I told my mum that when I had enough money I would build a big home for dogs,” Ms Howes said.

“It was a great feel­ing when we got ap­proval be­cause I had been try­ing to get the tick for many years.

“We will be able to house 30 dogs; there will be four bed­rooms, two quar­an­tine ken­nels, a laun­dry and a bath­room.

“It will be dif­fer­ent from a ken­nel en­vi­ron­ment, it will be more like a home en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ms Howes said money raised from the fundraiser would help with build­ing the fa­cil­ity.

“We are go­ing to start build­ing it slowly but we are look­ing for any tradies who can help us out,” she said.

“We've had a car­pen­ter and brickie come on board but I know the costs of things like con­crete will be a lot.

“The feed­back that we've re­ceived about the project has been re­ally pos­i­tive. Peo­ple have told me it was a dream of theirs too.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d460911

Jeane Howes, with Pepsi and Ralph, is hold­ing a fundrais­ing event at the South Perth Civic Cen­tre to open a dog re­tire­ment cen­tre.

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