No more room at shelter
Owner has urgent plea for breeders
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.