Animal roadshow to celebrate 80th anniversary

Fitzy Taylor (105), who was just 25 when the Dogs’ Refuge opened, with Gaye Path and Pepe.
Fitzy Taylor (105), who was just 25 when the Dogs’ Refuge opened, with Gaye Path and Pepe.

FURRY friends were welcomed by residents of Swan Care when the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park took its anniversary celebrations to the facility.

There were animal lovers aplenty clamouring for cuddles last Monday when representatives from the refuge spoke with residents about the history of the facility, which has found homes for some 50,000 dogs in its 80 years of operation.

Residents enjoyed learning the history of the organisation from the time it officially opened its doors at the end of 1935, and its commitment to rescuing and housing abandoned, homeless and neglected dogs.

It was all in the company of Pepe, the pomeranian cross, a rescue dog that kept the audience company.

Refuge president Karen Rhodes said she was delighted to talk to residents about the work the organisation was doing to help dogs in need and to also hear about the four-legged family members residents had adopted during their lifetimes.