Cen­tre laps up fund­ing

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ellie Honey­bone

There were happy peo­ple and happy pups at Man­durah’s K9 Res­cue Group last week af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced new grants for WA an­i­mal shel­ters as part of the 2016-17 Bud­get.

K9 will re­ceive $12,500 a year for four years to as­sist with the day-to-day run­ning of the ken­nels and pro­vide the es­sen­tials for its four-legged guests.

South West K9 co-or­di­na­tor Rhona Dono­van said the fund­ing was very wel­come.

“Our Man­durah fa­cil­ity is sit­u­ated on five acres, so there are al­ways main­te­nance tasks to be done,” she said.

“We have some fenc­ing sup­plies that were re­cently do­nated, so the fund­ing will be put towards a con­trac­tor and in­stal­la­tion of a perime­ter up­grade.

“We have also been des­per­ately seek­ing a trac­tor to main­tain the fire­breaks, gar­dens and also in case of a bush­fire and now we can look towards pur­chas­ing one.”

Ms Dono­van said the K9 ken­nels were home to up to 40 dogs at any one time and they had seen a steady rate of adop­tions in re­cent times.

“There is a lot of aware­ness in the pub­lic now about res­cue dogs and a lot of the time they are only here for about one month be­fore adoption, which is great,” she said.

“We re­ceive dogs from the Rock­ing­ham, Kwinana, Mur­ray, Man­durah and Cock­burn pounds, as well as dogs whose own­ers are un­able to care for them due to ill­ness or old age.

“A lot of peo­ple are adopt­ing be­cause many of these dogs are al­ready house-trained and past the high-main­te­nance puppy stage, so they fit in with fam­i­lies straight away.”

K9 Res­cue Group is a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that re­lies on fundrais­ing and do­na­tions.

Ms Dono­van said do­na­tions, es­pe­cially of rea­son­able qual­ity dog foods, were al­ways wel­come.

The K9 Res­cue Group is host­ing a fundrais­ing quiz night at the Se­cret Har­bour Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on June 25.

Doors open from 6.30pm and tick­ets are avail­able from the K9 of­fice in Nam­beelup or on­line at www.try­book­ing .com/202682.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

K9 Res­cue Group South West co-or­di­na­tor Rhona Dono­van with Lit­tle Jim, a dog up for adop­tion.

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