Thornlie: Teen’s animal charity gives strays an award winning chance

Dean Morris receives his award from RSPCA WA President Lynne Bradshaw.
Dean Morris receives his award from RSPCA WA President Lynne Bradshaw.

A THORNLIE teenager has won the RSPCA WA Youth Award and will be raising awareness for his animal charity at the Kelmscott Show later this month.

Dean Morris (15) was 10 years old when he started Give Our Strays A Chance (GOSAC), an organisation that raises money and awareness for stray animals, shelters and rescue groups. He has since raised more than $10,000 as well as plenty of not-monetary donations.

The Melville Senior High School student, who recently became a RSPCA junior ambassador, said he was honoured to win the award.

“It is nice to be recognised for all the hard work and commitment that it takes but I think the main thing is to shine a light on the need to rescue strays and make their lives better,” he said.

“Becoming a junior ambassador has provided me with more opportunities to represent and help the RSPCA and further the cause of strays.”

Dean will be at the Kelmscott Show on Saturday October 20 from 9am to 4pm, along with Saving Perth Animals From Euthanasia, who will have stray animals available for adoption.

“There will also be items to purchase from GOSAC and SAFE Perth, with all money raised going to SAFE Perth,” he said.

“We would also love to meet new volunteers who are able to foster dogs or cats until they get adopted.

“It is these volunteers that keep the strays out of pounds and possibly from being euthanised.”

Dean said GOSAC has been successful so far, especially because of support from local businesses and shopping centres.

“I have built my first donation crate (which Bunnings donated the materials for) to put outside supermarkets so people can drop off their pet food donations and then I deliver it to rescue groups in need,” he said.

“GOSAC is about getting the whole community involved, I am looking to educate as many people as possible to adopt and not shop.

“Many people are unaware of what the conditions are like for strays in pounds so supporting and adopting from shelters will allow them to take more strays from the pounds and give these unfortunate animals a better quality of life.”