City to Surf: Long-time Dogs’ Refuge volunteers from Kardinya chase funds

Tracy and Jeremy Chang with dogs Mia, Bella and Odin.
Picture: Matt Jelonek d472180
Tracy and Jeremy Chang with dogs Mia, Bella and Odin. Picture: Matt Jelonek d472180

FOR well over a decade Kardinya residents Tracy and Jeremy Chang have had their lives enriched by rescue dogs and now the pair are preparing to repay some of that love.

Huskies Odin and Mia and husky malamute cross Bella were all adopted from the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park, where Mrs Chang’s family has volunteered for more than 15 years.

Not satisfied with simply donating their time, the Changs are tackling the 12km City to Surf at the end of the month and are hoping to raise $5000 for the Dogs’ Refuge Home along the way.

“Our family has been heavily involved with the Dogs’ Refuge Home since my mum Pat started volunteering there in 2001,” Mrs Chang said.

“I’ve been treasurer for coming up two years now and the work DRH does re-homing hundreds of neglected, abandoned and abused dogs is a cause we are very passionate about.”

While all a similar breed, Mrs Chang said her three rescue dogs had their own very distinct personalities.

“Twelve-year-old Odin is a true gentleman and mummy’s boy – we got him when he was six months old, he was our first fur-child and for that he gets away with murder,” she said.

“We got Mia when she was three years old (now eight) and she has matured into a true little lady and daddy’s girl who likes to cuddle on the bed every morning before it’s time to wake up.

“Two-year-old Bella is the accidental child. I was volunteering at DRH when I was introduced to her. We decided to take her home for a play-date and never took her back.”

Mr and Mrs Chang both run for fitness but have never completed a fun run.

“Initially we were hoping to raise $2400, $100 per km per person, but we’ve hit that already so we’re going for double,” Mrs Chang said.

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