Give a for­got­ten an­i­mal a home

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

WITH the Christ­mas sea­son in full swing, there will be par­ents look­ing to buy a new pet for their fam­ily.

South­ern Downs Ark is in­un­dated with more than 120 dogs and cats that need per­ma­nent homes but its pres­i­dent, Ann Si­mon, said there was a lot for po­ten­tial own­ers to con­sider.

“So of­ten peo­ple get pup­pies and think they are cute when they are lit­tle, but they get them home and the pup­pies pid­dle ev­ery­where, they chew shoes and once they pass the puppy stage the be­come gan­gly and not so cute any­more,” she said “You have to look at least at a 14-18-year com­mit­ment to that an­i­mal.

“Par­ents need to ask them­selves, have they got the time to train their pet, and if the an­i­mal gets sick, do they have money to look af­ter it?”

South­ern Downs ARK will be at the Uber Mar­kets to­day.

Piper is a clever and ac­tive nine-week-old pup in need of plenty of stim­u­la­tion as she ma­tures. Cost: $500.

El­iz­a­beth and her lit­ter­mates were only five weeks old when they were cal­lously dumped overnight in the drop-box. Cost: $380.

Pho­tos: South­ern Downs ARK

Na­dia is a do­mes­tic short­hair about two years old, so just a teenager. Cost: $220.

These adorable kit­tens are from a lit­ter of six lit­tle or­phans. Cost: $220.

Charles is seven-month-old bull arab mix. He gets on with all other dogs. Cost: $380.

Sara is a one-year-old am­staff. Cost: $380.

Whit­ney is an­other work­ing dog pup. Cost: $550.

Kitty Kat is a highly af­fec­tion­ate four-year-old who ended up in ARK care when her fam­ily moved away and didn’t take her. Cost $220.

Sid­ney loves com­pany and is very happy to be cud­dled and pet­ted. Sid­ney is 10-12 weeks old. Cost: $220.

Dig­gles was born in April 2018. He is su­per friendly and loves a cud­dle. Cost: $220.

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