Mid­win­ter feast gives dogs cheer

Central Leader - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

If you can’t wait un­til the end of the year to tuck into roast turkey and all the trim­mings, then Christ­mas re­ally has come early.

Chained Dog Aware­ness New Zealand is host­ing a mid­win­ter Christ­mas fundraiser this month to raise vi­tal funds for food and the on­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment of its dogs.

Event or­gan­iser Linda Evans says the funds raised from the tra­di­tional fes­tive din­ner will also cover the cost of reg­is­ter­ing the dogs in their care.

‘‘Not only for the dogs that we’ve al­ready got in here but we also look af­ter a lot of dogs out in the pub­lic who are still chained up,’’ the Hills­bor­ough res­i­dent says.

Run only by a team of vol­un­teers, the char­ity was es­tab­lished 12 years ago to res­cue per­ma­nently chained or caged dogs from a life of ne­glect.

When the sit­u­a­tion of abuse or ne­glect can­not be im­proved or stopped through owner ed­u­ca­tion, they aim to seek re­lin­quish­ment of the dog, which is then taken in for vet care, TLC and train­ing in a fos­tered en­vi­ron­ment be­fore adop­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion con­tin­ues to pro­vide all pet sup­plies, food and med­i­cal bills while the dogs are in foster care.

Ms Evans adopted 16-month-old Boi af­ter his own­ers re­lin­quished him to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. She also cur­rently fos­ters Zoe, a 13-week-old bull-ter­rier cross. She says the char­ity’s work is end­less.

‘‘For ev­ery one dog that we do res­cue and adopt out there is al­ways an­other one wait­ing to come in.

‘‘We have dogs wait­ing now but we just don’t have foster homes for them or re­sources to take them in.’’

In ad­di­tion to en­ter­tain­ment and a guest speaker, the mid­win­ter Christ­mas fundraiser also in­cludes raf­fles, auc­tions and spot prizes.

Ms Evans says the oc­ca­sion is a chance to raise aware­ness of what Chained Dog Aware­ness does.

‘‘It should be a great at­mos­phere. Who doesn’t like a Christ­mas din­ner and a raf­fle ticket.’’

The mid­win­ter Christ­mas is on July 27, 6.30pm at One­hunga Work­ing­men’s Club, 158 The Mall, One­hunga.

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