Spread­ing vi­tal mes­sage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By CE­LESTE GORRELL ANSTISS

SU­BI­ACO real es­tate agent Janey Sanderson spends her days match­ing peo­ple with prop­erty – but she also has a pas­sion for hom­ing des­ti­tute dogs.

The Shen­ton Park Dog Refuge vol­un­teer, who owns Hive Real Es­tate, has started dis­play­ing life-size card­board cut-outs of dogs up for adop- tion in the gar­dens of home-opens.

The dogs’ col­lars read, “I’m look­ing for a home too”.

Janey said she hoped the ini­tia­tive would start a con­ver­sa­tion about adop­tion and help spread the mes­sage that ‘res­cue’ is the best breed.

“If it helps a few dogs get homed, then that’s won­der­ful,” she said.

Janey has adopted sev­eral res­cue dogs over the past eight years and said they were won­der­ful com­pan- ions. She felt par­tic­u­larly pas­sion­ate about find­ing 10-year-old labradorstafford­shire cross Zoe, pic­tured, a fam­ily.

“She has been at the refuge for seven months and finds in­sti­tu­tional life very stress­ful. She’s very gen­tle and well-man­nered and a bit quirky.

“The refuge does a great job at match­mak­ing the right peo­ple with the right dog.

“They also spend a lot of time as­sess­ing and train­ing the dogs, so peo­ple never take on prob­lem dogs.”

Turn to page 33 for all your western sub­urbs real es­tate con­tent. Res­i­den­tial will be­gin again as a stand-alone mag­a­zine next week.

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