No more room at shel­ter

Owner has ur­gent plea for breed­ers

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Ebony Graveur Ebony.graveur@gat­ton­

THIS April marks 18 years since Ludelle Milne founded Brave Com­pan­ion Dog Res­cue but af­ter all th­ese years her mes­sage to the pub­lic re­mains the same: stop breed­ing dogs.

The Lai­d­ley shel­ter, lo­cated on Lai­d­ley-rose­wood Rd, cur­rently houses 12 dogs.

Of the 12, 11 are ready for adop­tion and one puppy is await­ing vac­ci­na­tions.

With­out the gen­eros­ity of Ms Milne and five vol­un­teers a day, the an­i­mals would likely end up dumped.

While her de­sire to save the lives of dogs in­spired her to start the shel­ter, Ms Milne said the shel­ter was full and peo­ple needed to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I had to turn away three just this morn­ing,” she said.

She said her shel­ter be­ing at ca­pac­ity was no ex­cuse for own­ers to dump their pets.

“They have op­tions, be it fam­ily or other rep­utable ser­vices,” she said.

“Some place it in the too-hard bas­ket but they must be re­spon­si­ble.”

When she was new in town nearly 20 years ago, Ms Milne at­tended a coun­cil meet­ing and dis­cov­ered how many aban­doned dogs were eu­thanised.

Af­ter re­search­ing what other coun­cils were do­ing, she con­tacted the coun­cil with the idea to start a res­cue shel­ter.

“I put it to our coun­cil that we could give the dogs a sec­ond chance,” she said.

So the shel­ter was es­tab­lished.

“A lot of peo­ple say you’re buy­ing some­body else’s nui­sance but that’s rub­bish,” Ms Milne said.

While those who were in­ter­ested in adopt­ing a dog can con­tact the shel­ter, Ms Milne said she wasn’t go­ing to com­pro­mise when it came to adopters.

“I’m not in a hurry to push them out the door for the sake of say­ing the dog has got a new home,” she said.

“They would need to be good homes.”

The smaller breed dogs, like shih tzu and mal­tese, are only adopted to fam­i­lies who can al­low the an­i­mal in­side and the shel­ter has a strict “no tie-ups” pol­icy.

Ms Milne said the dogs needed to go to clean homes where they would be “ex­er­cised and well fed”.

To ex­press in­ter­est in adopt­ing a pet, phone the shel­ter on 0419 731 459.

❝I had to turn away three just this morn­ing

— Ludelle Milne


QUAL­ITY FIRST: Ludelle Milne says she won’t com­pro­mise on find­ing lov­ing new homes for her dogs.

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