Thornlie teen hosting Give Our Strays a Chance fundraiser

Dean Morris (13) with his adopted dog Hooch.
Dean Morris (13) with his adopted dog Hooch.

A THORNLIE teenager who runs his own animal charity has encouraged people to adopt pets from animal shelters.

Dean Morris (13) is the founder of Give Our Strays A Chance (GOSAC), an organisation that raises money and awareness for stray animals, shelters and pounds.

The Melville Senior High School student is holding his fourth annual GOSAC Day at Forrest Lakes Shopping Centre on May 13 to raise money for animal shelters and promote animal adoption.

All proceeds from the event are going to Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) Perth, who are bringing puppies and kittens for adoption.

Dean said adopting his dog Hooch opened his eyes up to the “horrific” conditions stray animals live in.

“The poor animals were in small cages, on concrete floors. There were no windows, it was so dark, it really affected me.”

He said adopting Hooch had changed his life forever.

“I was always scared of dogs when I was younger, even the little ones,” he said.

“One day my mum saw an advert on the internet saying ‘please save me,’ with a dog in a small cage on his last day before being euthanized in a country pound.

“That day we went to rescue Hooch and I conquered my fear of dogs thanks to him.”

Dean said the adoption, coupled with a desire to make a difference, led him to create GOSAC and despite being unsure at first, the organisation snowballed over time.

“GOSAC started as a one-off leadership project and the first GOSAC day was a huge success, people from all over the city came to help the animals,” he said.

“Suddenly I found myself in a position where I just had to keep going.”

He said the most rewarding part of the organisation was knowing he was helping give stray animals a second chance.

“Many of my friends who go to different schools hang GOSAC posters in their schools and encourage kids to adopt animals and not shop for them,” he said.

“People contact me to ask for advice where to rescue and how.

“It is very rewarding seeing stray animals getting a second chance with a new owner and when people donate, I know that every dollar can buy more food or items for the animals.”

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