Pound dogs need love

Cate Hardy, a self-confessed “serial adopter” of pets, wants everyone to think about adopting a dog from the pound.
Nanjing Night Net

BEST MATES: Cate Hardy and Bea, the rescue dog who’s undergone a stunning transformation after a week of love and care. Picture: Supplied.

“If I could talk everyone into seeing past the pound and the dirty hair more people would adopt, I’m sure,” Ms Hardy said.

Last week she picked up ‘Bea’, a silky terrier cross, from Griffith pound. It was only supposed to be short term ‘foster care’, but Bea had quickly become part of the family.

“When I saw her I knew she’d belong with us,” Ms Hardy said.

“You see these dogs and you know they deserve love and I just can’t bear the thought of what might happen to them.”

Bea is the third rescue dog the family has taken in.

The Hardys adopted their first dog years ago when they were searching for a lost dog.

Ms Hardy said they went into a pound and her daughter saw an abandoned dog called Gizmo and asked if they could take it home.

“He was already house trained and had manners,” Ms Hardy said.

“Thejoy of seeing him light up after being so scared is amazing.

“That’s why you do it, in no time they know you want them there and they love you for it.”

Shireen Donaldson from Griffith City Council saidtheir Griffith City Council Animal Handling Facility Facebook page, where Bea had been listed, hadbeen very popular.

BEFORE: Bea at the pound.

“It’sa good way to spread the message about what animals are available at the pound as the page gets shared many times,” she said.

“Rescue work is always going on behind the scenes, but for those people who are looking to adopt, this is an easy way to see what is at the pound.

“From there, people can make an appointment with the compliance officers to meet the animal they are interested in and maybe progress to adoption.

“It might be a bit of a cliche, but rescued animals always seem to ‘know’they have been saved and make wonderful pets.”

Adoption from the pound is free, aside from microchipping and registration fees, whichcan be further reduced if the dog is desexed.

Ms Donaldson said council’snew pound was also under construction, the floor slab has beenlaid and wall panels should be raised by the end of June depending on weather.

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