NOT RUFF AT ALL: Councillor Paul Truscott officially opened the Ruff House Quarantine Kennel at the Maryborough Animal Refuge by unclipping two dog-leads across the gate.
NOT RUFF AT ALL: Councillor Paul Truscott officially opened the Ruff House Quarantine Kennel at the Maryborough Animal Refuge by unclipping two dog-leads across the gate. Contributed

Refuge's Ruff House opens up

NEWLY rescued dogs won't have to rough-it due to the opening of the Maryborough and District Animal Refuge's quarantine kennels. Aptly named the Ruff House, it was officially opened by Fraser Coast Regional Councillor Paul Truscott.

The opening, held on August 22, was attended by representatives from the Maryborough Rotary Club, Maryborough Lions, Fraser Coast Regional Council and refuge staff and committee members.

"Newly-rescued dogs will spend a short period of time in the Ruff House Quarantine Kennel before being transferred to the Refuge for adoption to minimise the possibility of infection from unvaccinated dogs,” refuge president Natalie Tkaczynski said.

"In addition, dogs from the refuge area who become ill or require surgery can spend time in the Ruff House away from the hustle and bustle of the general view.”

Mrs Tkaczynski said the refuge was thrilled to have been able to save a mother neapolitan mastiff-cross and her 11 four-day-old pups.

"Prior to the building of this quarantine kennel, we would not have been able to rescue them,” Mrs Tkaczynski said.

"We would have had nowhere to keep them.” After fund-raising for several years, and receiving donations from the Maryborough Rotary Club and Maryborough Lions Club, Mrs Tkaczynski said that the Refuge was greatly appreciative of a donation of $40,000 from the council.



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