Every dog deserves a home

Every dog deserves a home

HUNDREDS of pets’ lives have been saved thanks to Greenwood resident Nicole Taylor.

Along with her sister, she started volunteering with Saving Animals from Euthanasia Perth in 2007 and is now the dog foster carer co-ordinator.

“We had animals growing up all our lives,” she said.

“I would go to a party and want to play with the dog or cat.”

Ms Taylor, her dog and three cats currently share their home with two kittens, dog Lucy Lu and her 12-week-old puppies Akira and Cadbury, who are available for adoption.

In one year, she fostered 50 dogs and cats, all of which were eventually adopted. One dog was an hour away from being euthanised when rescued and four hours later found a permanent home.

“You just feel for them and you think, ‘I can help, I can do something’,” she said. “It’s all rewarding when you find those lovely homes.”

Despite SAFE Perth re-homing more than 1000 pets last financial year, Ms Taylor said too many were still being euthanised and they were always in need of foster carers.

“It’s good for people who don’t want the expense of having a dog or cat themselves because we cover everything,” she said.

“And some people like to travel and don’t want the commitment.

“We also need more carers for dogs that are not as dog social, people that don’t have their own dogs.”

This year’s Yellow and White Pages feature rescue pets and their carers to promote charity PetRescue, which lists animals available for adoption from rescue groups including SAFE Perth.

“The more people that know about you, the more chance the animals have of getting re-homed,” Ms Taylor said.

“There are so many animal lovers out there; sometimes they can’t find the animal they’re after and they can find it in a rescue.

“You’re also helping reduce the number of unwanted animals; basically saving a life.”