LIVING up to her rescue name, Lucky, a Quinns Rocks dog will lead the RSPCA WA’s 20th anniversary Million Paws Walk this Sunday.
RSPCA rescuers originally called the two-year-old Siberian husky Lucky, although her new family have since named her Miah.
Rescued at 15 months old from a wire cage that was exposed to the elements and offered no room to lift her head, Miah underwent months of rehabilitation at RSPCA WA’s animal care centre.
Inspectors launched a prosecution case against her previous owner, which resulted in the St James man being fined $2000 and prohibited from owning and being in contact with an animal for five years.
Once rehabilitated, Miah was rehomed to Quinns Rocks residents Linda and Tim Henning and their sons Matthew (15) and Luke (18).
“Miah really is an absolute gem,” Mrs Henning said.
“We were so devastated after our previous dog died that it took a few years before we felt ready for another.
“When we did we knew that we wanted to adopt a rescue dog – one that had had a rough start in life and who we could offer a wonderful home to.
“We all instantly fell in love with Miah, who had had amazing veterinary care and an incredible investment of training prior to us adopting her.”
RSPCA WA community engagement executive manager Maree Daniels said the Million Paws Walk event gave West Australians an opportunity to support work fighting animal cruelty.
“Thousands of people have registered for our 20th anniversary Million Paws Walk already, and we are encouraging all WA animal lovers to join us on the day, to help fight animal cruelty,” she said.
“Each year we have all sizes and shapes of dogs take part, from chihuahuas to great danes.
“It’s a time when all dog lovers can come together to demonstrate that animal cruelty is just not tolerated in our community.
“Unfortunately our rescue work for animals who suffer neglect and abuse, similar to Miah, is all too common, and we rely hugely on animal lovers throughout WA to support us financially, to enable us to continue to help animals in need.”
RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90 per cent of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work, as only six per cent is covered by a grant from the State Government.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk
20th Anniversary Year
When: Sunday, May 15
Where: Sir James Mitchell Park, 8.30am to 1pm