New leash on life for dogs

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Ali­son Pater­son ali­son.pater­son@north­ern­star.com.au

RANGER Rus­sell Davis loves his job at the Lis­more Pound so much he has taken a res­cue dog home.

As one of five rangers work­ing for Lis­more Coun­cil, for the past 11 years Mr Davis has been re­spon­si­ble for help­ing lost, strayed or dumped dogs and cats find their orig­i­nal own­ers or a new lov­ing home.

In fact he even fell for one Labrador cross who came in with­out any iden­ti­fy­ing col­lar or mi­crochip.

“He needed a tick re­moved so I took him to the vet, called him Rex and ended up tak­ing him home,” he said. “He’s a re­ally good dog.” Mr Davis said the rangers were proud of their abil­ity to re­unite or re-home 95 per cent of the lost or dumped an­i­mals which are guests of the pound.

“The ma­jor­ity of dogs we get here are staffies or kelpies,” he said.

“Around 250 dogs a year come through our doors and the lit­tle dogs and the pup­pies are adopted out very quickly.”

Mr Davis said around 66 per cent of an­i­mals were re­united with their own­ers, thanks to col­lar or mi­crochip de­tails or peo­ple call­ing around the an­i­mal wel­fare groups.

“We also li­aise with other lost an­i­mal groups through so­cial me­dia all along the coast as far south as Vic­to­ria and up through Queens­land,” he said.

“Around two-thirds of an­i­mals we mange to find their own­ers and the other third are adopted out and thank­fully, we eu­thanise very few an­i­mals these days, only if they are very sick or dan­ger­ous.”

Good re­la­tions with the Lis­more com­mu­nity and an­i­mal wel­fare groups help the rangers to re­unite and re-home an­i­mals, he said.

“If your an­i­mal is miss­ing, give us a call as not enough peo­ple think to call the pound,” he said.

“And I wish peo­ple would re­mem­ber to update their de­tails such as when they change phone num­bers so we can call them when their pet turns up here.

“This is very sat­is­fy­ing work.”

PHOTO: ALI­SON PATER­SON

HOT DIGGITY DOG: Lis­more Coun­cil ranger Rus­sell Davis with a re­cent guest at the city pound. Mr Davis said the pound is able to re­unite or re-home 95 per cent of the an­i­mals which find their way to the fa­cil­ity.

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