New ken­nels needed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives -

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.

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