Pound attendant Daneille Howe with Jinx and Sheila - they require dog walkers to come and keep the dogs exercised.
Pound attendant Daneille Howe with Jinx and Sheila - they require dog walkers to come and keep the dogs exercised. Alistair Brightman

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Don't let the dogs go barking mad

FOR pound attendant Daneille Howe, having up to 38 dogs caged for 24 hours a day doesn't bear thinking about.

Unfortunately, that's the reality the Hervey Bay Adoption Centre is facing if they can't find people to walk the animals due to a decline in the number of volunteers.

Mrs Howe said if there's any residents who want to get fit while helping these dogs in need, she would love to hear from them.

She said it was imperative for the dogs to be walked daily to keep their minds stimulated and to break the boredom of being in a confined space for long periods of time.

"We always need strong capable people who are able to walk the dogs for us," she said.

"It gets so busy and people come and go all the time," she said.

"And of course the dogs never stop coming through so we're always requiring people."

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Mrs Howe said people interested in becoming a volunteer needed to be 18 years and older and be prepared to walk big dog breeds.

"They must be capable of walking fairly strong dogs because as you can appreciate a lot of these dogs have come off the street," she said.

"It involves filling in a volunteer questionnaire form... and once that's filled in, we arrange a time to do an induction with them, which is basically just a sight induction that's about 10 to 15 minutes long.

"Then we get volunteers to take them around and show them what we do."

 

Pound attendant Daneille Howe with Jinx and Sheila - they require dog walkers to come and keep the dogs exercised.
Pound attendant Daneille Howe with Jinx and Sheila - they require dog walkers to come and keep the dogs exercised. Alistair Brightman

She said there was no formal roster, however volunteers walked the dogs in the morning to avoid the summer heat.

You don't have to commit to more than what you can do.

"Some people will come in on a Tuesday and Thursday and others might just come on Fridays, just when it suits them.

"We always get the walking done in the morning, particularly now that it's so hot."

If you want to become a volunteer dog walker, visit the Hervey Bay Adoption Centre, Cicada Lane, Urangan, between 10am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday, or visit frasercoast.qld.gov.au/volunteering.



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