KEEPING FURBABIES AT HOME
MARK Wischnat is just one of the workers who helps owners keep their pets for life.
But Pets for Life needs the help of volunteers to keep the momentum going.
“Caloundra is probably the most popular area, so we’re always after volunteers around Caloundra, Currimundi and Golden Beach area,” Mr Wischnat said.
“We try and get the pet owners and volunteers to match up. That’s how the program works, a pet owner is matched up with a volunteer.”
As a volunteer, the travel time is minimised by working in an area close by.
“If we have pet owners in Caloundra, we want the volunteers in Caloundra too.”
Volunteers aren’t required to have any previous experience, just a love for pets of the furry kind.
Volunteers will also undergo a small training session before being matched up with an owner in need of assistance.
“We try to ask for a commitment of six months.
“It’s one visit for one to one and half hours a week as the minimum.”
Mr Wischnat said Pets for Life was all about helping out in any way possible.
“We help somebody who lives independently in their own home, who has a pet, that for whatever reason the owner’s health may be deteriorated; or something’s come up where they can’t maintain that pet ownership as much as what they’d like.
“It could be help like walking, bathing or grooming the pet or taking them to the vet.
“We’ve got about 50 people with their pets, mostly dogs who need the help of a volunteer,” he said.
If you love people and pets call Mark at the Caloundra Community Centre on 5491 4000 or e-mail petsfor[email protected]comm.org.au.
WAGGING TAILS: Volunteer Bill keeps pups Jarrah and Kirra happy.