Barney was a rescue dog which is now living in a happy family with two other animals.
Barney was a rescue dog which is now living in a happy family with two other animals. Doug Gimesy

Give homeless animals a second chance

EVERY year, more than 100,000 healthy pets are killed in Australia's pounds after they become homeless. Non-profit organisation PetRescue is attempting to give some of those abandoned pets on death row a home before they are destroyed.

More than 386,000 animals have been re-homed by the organisation, but earlier this week it still had more than 7400 waiting for a new home. PetRescue has again partnered with pet speciality realtor, Petstock, to create a calendar for those animals that have been living "ruff”.

All proceeds from the calendar will go to PetRescue. With more than 7000 pets listed on the organisation's website monthly throughout this year, the funds were proving even more vital. The 2016 calendar raised more than $110,000. The organisation's co-founder, Vickie Davy, said for the first time last year the demand for rescue pets was greater than the supply - 77,809 pets were listed with Pet Rescue and 89,190 were adopted.

"At Pet Rescue, we're working to make pet adoption the first consideration for all Australians looking for a new pet, and funds from an initiative like the Petstock calendar contributed to our cause. Every year we are seeing an increase in pet adoption, and we're hopeful this will only continue to grow,” she said.

The calendar showcases pets that have been assisted by the organisation. The 2017 edition features kittens, puppies, a horse, a rabbit and even guinea pigs, along with the stories of their rescues.

April poster boy Barney the dog, for instance, was found wandering in Geelong. He lost his eyesight after a battle with glaucoma, but he now lives a happy life with his adopted brothers Archie and Ted (Ted is deaf). Kitten, Tangles, was found by a family that spent a week coaxing the stray into their yard.

The 2017 calendar is on sale in Petstock stores nationwide, or online at petstock.com.au. For more information on the organisation, go to petrescue.com.au.



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