Fostering puppies a small cross to bear

FIVE staffy-cross puppies found in a cardboard box will be looking for homes next month.

Joondalup residents Tash and Brendan Muir are foster carers for the litter of puppies, who were four weeks old when found in Victoria Park and given to the Dogs� Refuge Home in Shenton Park.

�When we found out about the life-saving work that the Dogs� Refuge Home does in the community, and that last year they rescued and re-homed over 1000 dogs, we called them and asked how we could help,� Mrs Muir said.

�The puppies are absolutely adorable and I�m finding that fostering them and giving them a safe, loving environment is proving incredibly meaningful; they are a joy to have around.�

Refuge president Karen Rhodes said they depended on volunteers for all aspects of support, from becoming a foster carer to helping with fundraising, dog walking and helping out at community events.

�Foster carers like Tash really do make a massive difference to our organisation, and in fact have helped to keep us afloat over the 80 years since we were founded,� she said.

�In saying that, we�re still rescuing far too many pregnant dogs and we�d really urge all owners to have their pets sterilised to stop the number of dogs being bred in the first place.�

The Muirs already own a six-year-old rescue dog.

The puppies will be available for adoption from the refuge in mid-July.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer or adopting a dog or puppy from the Dogs� Refuge Home can call 9381 8166, or go to www.dogshome.org.au.