Home tails wag­ging af­ter 80 years

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

NEARLY eight decades ago, a pi­o­neer­ing group of Perth an­i­mal lovers came to­gether dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion and sub­se­quent war years to build a “refuge home for waifs and strays”.

Thus, the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shen­ton Park was born. The good news is the refuge will celebrate 80 years of op­er­a­tion dur­ing Oc­to­ber and it is still go­ing strong – still sav­ing thou­sands of dogs in need and still an in­te­gral part of the wider Perth com­mu­nity.

The sad news is there is still a seem­ingly never-end­ing num­ber of dogs in need, wait­ing in pounds to be saved be­fore their time is up, sur­ren­dered by the public be­cause they can no longer look af­ter their “best friend” and dumped be­cause, well, who knows why?

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the aware­ness of res­cue dogs and how they can make the most loyal, de­voted pets is in­creas­ing - but it needs to in­crease much more.

We need more peo­ple who care and we need more peo­ple to take ac­tion. Across WA things need to im­prove – fewer dogs need to be bred, more dogs need to be ster­ilised and ev­ery sin­gle dog should be given the same un­con­di­tional love they give us.

Own­ing a dog is a priv­i­lege not a right.

The refuge’s 80th an­niver­sary book, Tales from our Home, is on sale at the refuge and all pro­ceeds go di­rectly to sav­ing aban­doned and un­wanted dogs.

Karen Rhodes, pres­i­dent, Dogs’ Refuge Home, Shen­ton Park

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