Project Re-home hits re­gion

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Car­lie Mas­celle has a big heart for an­i­mals and with her film-mak­ing skills she hopes to re-home as many South Waikato dogs as she can.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful start in Ro­torua, the Toko­roa and Ro­toru­abased film-maker has made it her mission to re-home as many dogs from the South Waikato pound and SPCA.

She’s started with the one-yearold Pointer Sis­ters, dogs which had been in the pound since they were 6 weeks old.

Af­ter just two days of up­load­ing a video, the pair of pointer X labradors were re-homed.

Within two weeks she also helped adopt out four an­i­mals from the South Waikato SPCA.

Mas­celle said peo­ple all over the coun­try are putting their hands up to adopt the cud­dly film stars.

‘‘We started the project in Ro­torua which has been a mas­sive suc­cess, the cages are just emp­ty­ing. I’m hum­bled. It brings me tears ev­ery time.’’

She said the videos are ‘‘emo­tional’’ and the project was like a por­tal for the an­i­mals to have their sto­ries heard.

‘‘Each dog has their own heart- break­ing and of­ten tragic story as to how they ended up in the pound. The videos tell their sto­ries in a mov­ing and en­gag­ing way, which bring in hun­dreds of in­ter­ested peo­ple want­ing them from all around the coun­try, ‘‘ she said.

Her mo­ti­va­tion is the ‘‘injustice’’ to dogs who are eu­thanased for no good rea­son.

‘‘No-one knows they [the dogs] are wait­ing there.’’

Mas­celle said it’s ‘‘ heart­break­ing’’ that sev­eral dogs are eu­thanased in South Waikato ev­ery week.

She hopes to break that cy­cle with peo­ple such as an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer Kerry Beck­ett and SPCA manager He­len Rabin­ska.

‘‘The re­ally pos­i­tive thing I see here is the heart and pas­sion from He­len and Kerry.’’

Mas­celle and her hus­band have funded the project up un­til now but hope to se­cure as much fund­ing as they can from busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers to keep the project go­ing.

To view the videos of th­ese dogs’ sto­ries, see stonewall­pro­duc­tions. co.nz/project-re­home.

Con­tact Car­lie on Mas­celle at car­lie@stonewall­pro­duc­tions.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

Car­lie Mas­celle has man­aged to find the Pointer Sis­ters a home in just two days. Photo: CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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