South Perth resident to spend Saturday in kennel lock up

South Perth resident Lisa Lewis and her dog Roy.
South Perth resident Lisa Lewis and her dog Roy.

ABOUT 10 dog lovers will be locked up in kennels at a Shenton Park dog refuge to raise funds for their furry friends on Saturday, December 1.

For South Perth resident and Dog Refuge Home WA volunteer Lisa Lewis, this is the first time she will be locked up, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Ms Lewis has been a volunteer for the Dogs’ Refuge Home for more than a decade and took home her dog, Roy, from the same refuge home 11 years ago.

“I wanted to know what it was like for the poor dogs to be in the kennel, locked up for 24 hours and only let out for one hour,” she said.

“The refuge does the best they can for the dog, for me it was just to raise awareness that these poor dogs live in the kennel.”

Ms Lewis said a lot of people still haven’t realised there was a dog refuge in Perth filled with four-legged companions waiting to be rescued.

“Some people think that these dogs are given up because of bad behaviour but Id like to let people know they are in here because of no fault of their own,” she said.

“Some people get puppies and then 6 months later they go ‘this is too hard’.”

Dog Refuge Home president Karen Rhodes said the refuge home relied heavily on community donations through fundraisers like this one.

“We’re totally reliant on the support and generosity of dog lovers and donations made through fundraisers such as this enable us to rescue, care for and re-home hundreds of unwanted and abandoned dogs,” she said.

The number of participants is not yet confirmed and anyone who would like to participate can contact Dog Refuge Home.

To contribute to Ms Lewis’ page, visit https://doghouse2018.everydayhero.com/au/in-the-doghouse-with-my-furry-friends