Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

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]­


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