New homes for dogs
ABOUT 80 per cent of the dogs saved from the pound by Fraser Coast Dog Rescue find new homes outside the Fraser Coast and some are even flown interstate.
Two weeks ago, Geelong woman Lily flew in to meet eight-year-old border collie Maisie and have a week-long holiday before flying back to Victoria with the dog.
Lily said she loved border collies and had moved to a suburban yard so she was looking to adopt an older, less active dog.
When she couldn't find a dog locally, she extended her search interstate through www.petrescue.com.au and fell in love with Maisie.
Lily didn't want Maisie to meet her as a complete stranger at Melbourne airport so she flew up to meet her and take her for walks before they flew back together.
Fraser Coast Dog Rescue president Annette White said most of the dogs found new homes in Brisbane and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and their new owners drove up to collect them, but some dogs were flown interstate.
She said the main reason for the large number of dogs being adopted outside the area was the pet rescue website which allowed people to search for pets across Australia.
Ms White said all of their dogs were desexed, which broke the cycle of unwanted litters, and were also vaccinated, heartworm-checked and micro-chipped.
She said the group mostly took in small dogs and was expecting to have four jack russell terriers needing new homes this week.
Ms White said they were always looking for new foster carers with fenced yards to look after the dogs until they found new homes and were also keen to sign up new members to help with tasks such as administration.
For more information, phone Ms White on 4121 7616.