Crisis time at dog refuge

Refuge volunteer Dot Weary with Spot. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d418845
Refuge volunteer Dot Weary with Spot. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d418845

The centre says a record number of dogs brought in since the Christmas period has left the refuge seeking homes for about 150 pets.

The animal charity is also seeking homes for eight senior dogs, some up to 13 years old.

Beeliar resident Dot Weary, who adopted her dog Spot from the centre, said it was hard to see so many dogs needing homes. ‘They’re at the refuge through no fault of their own,’ she said.

She said if people are not able to adopt then the centre was always looking for volunteers, a role she took up three years ago.

Ms Weary takes part in washing the animals, a spot of gardening, helping nurses when called upon and a lot of dog walking.

‘When there’s no volunteers the dogs are basically in their cage day and night,’ she said.

‘Having more volunteers equals more frequent and lengthy walks for the animals.’

For information phone 9381 8166.