PET charity co-founder John Bishop has pledged to complete three challenges as part of the charity’s Christmas fundraising drive ‘Dsexmas’.
The aim of the PetRescue campaign is to create a sustainable source of donations to rescue groups, shelters and pounds, to help cover the cost of desexing rescued pets in care.
Local animal groups to benefit from the national charity’s support include New Homes for Rescued Farm Animals in Gidgegannup, Lost Souls Animal Rescue in Jane Brook and Friends of Companion Animals Society in the Mundaring area.
Mr Bishop said animals on the charity’s website are desexed before they are made available for adoption.
“Desexed pets also avoid the risk of testicular and mammary cancer, and they make better companions too because they’re not out prowling and yowling at night,” he said.
A Desexmas campaign video of the charity’s chief executive with his adopted rescue pets highlights the importance of funding.
“Rescue groups try to cover the cost of desexing in the pet’s adoption fee, but it can cost up to $400 to desex a large dog and often these expenses, together with food and other vet work, can far exceed the adoption fee, leaving rescue groups out of pocket,” he said.
The donations will fund the development of a secure direct-to-rescue donation system, with the potential to deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to help find new homes for rescued pets.
Mr Bishop’s colleagues have goaded their boss to wear a cone of shame in the office if the Christmas fundraising total hits $25,000.
If the appeal achieves $50,000, he has pledged to put his crown jewels in a bath of ice water and should the fundraising total hit $100,000 by New Year’s Day, he has agreed to a wax treatment.
The PetRescue team plans to record the challenges in a tasteful manner and share them via their social media pages if the goals are met.