AS A homeless 16-year-old, Jack was unlikely to see 17.
But through the love and support of volunteers at Dogs Behind Bars Rescue (DBBR), the pooch reached the milestone over the weekend.
Found wandering alone with matted hair, rotten teeth, an enlarged prostate and abdominal hernia, Jack was recently taken to DBBR where he was nursed back to health.
To mark Jack’s recovery, the not-for-profit organisation held a birthday party at Charonia Reserve in Mullaloo on Saturday to raise awareness of the importance of rescuing and adopting neglected dogs.
Volunteer and foster carer Carol Stewart said not just DBBR, but all rescues, had been struggling with the number of unwanted abandoned dogs, like Jack who was in a “terrible state”.
“We nurse them back to health, cover their vet bills and if necessary work with professional dog behaviourists to correct any behaviour issues,” she said.
“So little Jack is one of many dogs we have in foster care or kennels awaiting adoption to a loving home.”
Since it was established in April 2016, DBBR has found 222 dogs their forever homes.
Ms Stewart said the rescue couldn’t operate without foster carers and encouraged people interested in taking on the role to get in contact.
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