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