New hope for a happy life
A SECOND chance will be given to hundreds of animals in the Central Highlands, thanks to the new not-for-profit organisation CQ Pet Rescue.
After hearing complaints about stray dogs, pound systems and unnecessary pet deaths, the CQ Pet Rescue group of five formed.
Sally Hutley is part of CQ Pet Rescue and said the goal of the organisation was to re-home and rescue all animals and reduce the number of animals euthanased.
"Our ultimate goal is to have a no-kill pound in the Central Highlands," Sally said.
"We are also working towards becoming a fostering and adopting system.
"While the animals are in a foster home, we will work towards getting all pets immunised, desexed, microchipped and registered.
"We are at the beginning of something great, with still a lot of work yet to come."
CQ Pet Rescue originally kicked off on Facebook and has been closely working with the Central Highlands Regional Council, which has been assisting with permits and the legalities of fostering and adoptions.
CHRC environmental health manager Geoff Atherfold said he was hoping to develop a strong working relationship with the new organisation.
"We get quite a large number of dogs through the pound and if we can't find owners for them, they have to go off to the vet," Mr Atherfold said.
"Hopefully, the majority of our dogs that are suitable for re-homing can go through the adoption process.
"It's just a matter of spreading the message, because the more people who can help by fostering, the more time we have to re-home the animals."