Not look­ing flash for Nathan

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Graeme Fawcett’s hopes of rais­ing the $15,000 he needs to get his beloved dog Nathan home to New Zealand are slowly sink­ing.

As of late last week his ap­peal (www.givealit­tle.co.nz/ cause/help-bring-nathan-hometo-his-fam­ily) had raised $615. The page closes on De­cem­ber 1.

“I’ve been feel­ing a bit dis­heart­ened, as there hadn’t been any do­na­tions for two weeks, then to­day there was a burst of ac­tion,” Graeme said last week.

“I don’t know what prompted this, but I’m very grate­ful. I reach out ev­ery day to peo­ple I think may be sup­port­ive, of­ten with­out response, but that’s okay. Hope­fully per­sis­tence will pay off.”

The former Takahue res­i­dent and his wife Che plan to re­turn to New Zealand from the Philip­pines early next year. They are hop­ing to bring their dog Nathan with them, but that will de­pend upon the response to their ap­peal for help.

Graeme said he had left Nathan, now about seven years old, in New Zealand when he went to the Philip­pines, but the dog was aban­doned by the peo­ple he had en­trusted him to. He was only saved from euthana­sia be­cause his microchip info in­cluded Graeme’s email ad­dress, and, after an anx­ious and stress­ful time, he was able to get him to the Philip­pines.

Hav­ing de­cided to re­turn to New Zealand, he was “shocked and dis­mayed” to learn that the process of bring­ing his dog with him would take up to eight months, and cost an es­ti­mated $15,000.

“This is far beyond my means, as I only re­ceive 50 per cent of my mar­ried NZ su­per­an­nu­a­tion en­ti­tle­ment be­cause I am liv­ing over­seas,” he said.

“The al­ter­na­tives are to leave him here, but be­lieve me, the Philip­pines isn’t a good place for a dog, or have him put to sleep. Hav­ing res­cued Nathan from an abu­sive owner when he was nine months old there’s no way I’m going to aban­don him now.”

Any sur­plus from the ap­peal, or if things didn’t go to plan, would be do­nated to the SPCA.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Che Fawcett and Nathan, bliss­fully un­aware of his sit­u­a­tion in the Philip­pines.

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