More carers needed


Scott Willis with Koko and Donna Bettes.       
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d449455
Scott Willis with Koko and Donna Bettes.        Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d449455

Volunteers joined the team from Pet Stock in Balcatta for National Pet Adoption Day over the weekend to encourage people to adopt rescue animals rather than buy them from puppy farms or backyard breeders.

SAFE volunteer Donna Bettes cared for Koko and other puppies before they were adopted out to families.

Ms Bettes said that if it wasn’t for the work of SAFE, many puppies just like staffy kelpie cross Koko would not be alive today.

“Koko’s mother was rescued by the volunteer organisation in Broome and was next in line to be euthanised before it was discovered she was pregnant and brought to Perth,” she said.

Ms Bettes said SAFE ensured pets and families were a good match with a trial period of two weeks.

“Our checks make sure the dogs are going to a ‘forever’ environment rather than just someone who buys a dog on impulse,” she said.

“Check out the breed of puppy you actually want, do your research, be prepared to put in the time and do puppy training because that pet is going to be a new a family member.”

Puppy trainer and Pet Stock manager Scott Willis said there was a range of reasons people abandoned or surrendered their pets, some more shocking than others.

“I’ve had some sad stories come through here with people who have said their poodle no longer matched the furniture so they got rid of it,” he said.

“But I have seen some rewarding cases when the dog has been malnourished and then you get to see it enjoying life and has been rehomed to a family that really care.”

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