New kennels needed
In July 2004, the Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home called for help to raise $30,000 to refurbish its old and tired kennels. Thirteen years later, the not-for-profit organisation is still upgrading kennels but for a much higher price.
THE Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park needs at least seven new kennels at a cost of $250,000 each, according to President Karen Rhodes.
She said the cost of refurbishing kennels had increased so much since 2004 because of associated earthworks and demolition requirements.
Work is underway on three new kennels that will all have underground cooling and heating.
She said demand for the kennels was higher now than in 2004 because the refuge accepted dogs from regional areas.
“We’re getting seven from Geraldton this week and have some come down from Broome every week,” Ms Rhodes said.
As well as featuring on page 3 of the Western Suburbs Weekly on Tuesday, July 20, the refuge appealed for volunteers for its annual street appeal that was on August 6 that year.
The appeal happened in April this year and, apart from donation drives at Christmas and the end of financial year, it is one of the biggest events for the refuge.
But Ms Rhodes said this year raised only $12,500, down from the $19,000-$21,000 generally raised each year.
She said while 120 volunteers hit the street, it was a tough economic climate. The next street appeal is in April next year.
Plight of the dogs’ refuge home in the Western Suburbs Weekly.