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Dogs are always there for their humans, and this year’s Winter Appeal is asking people to help the Dogs’ Homes be there for dogs in need.
The Winter Appeal will run for the month of June, kicking off on Friday 3 June with a Street Appeal, with collectors at major shopping centres around the State.
The appeal aims to raise $100,000 for two very important programs:
We’re asking the community to help us by making a donation, or by setting up a personal fundraising page and asking their friends to help them be there for dogs.
The 2022 Winter Appeal is supported by three Dogs’ Home ‘Ambassadogs’ – Nova, Cilla, and Jamie. These three dogs have all experienced a rough patch in life and then found a new life in loving homes after receiving vet care and support at the Dogs’ Homes.
Nova came to the Dogs’ Home in 2019 after his owner passed away. Alone and frightened this little fellow required dental work and had a lump removed. He also needed a home where he would not be left alone for long, as he was a shy, anxious little dog. So staff were delighted when he was adopted by Max, who had recently been widowed after 61 years and wanted a companion he could care for. Three years after Nova’s ‘Gotcha Day’ we visited Nova and Max to find two great mates. They weathered Covid Lockdowns together, and enjoy watching tv, relaxing with friends and spending time in the garden.
Cilla arrived in 2021 needing a tumour removed which resulted in the loss of eye. As a big, 9 year-old, one-eyed dog Cilla did not attract a lot of interest from adopters, but Chris had always owned large dogs and could see beyond the scarred face in the photo on Cilla’s adoption post. She came to meet Cilla and quickly saw what a lovely dog she is.
Not long after Cilla’s adoption, Chris brought her back the Home to get her nails trimmed and she saw volunteers playing with Jamie, an ex-racing greyhound. Cilla and Jamie met and these two lovely dogs hit it off immediately. At a recent visit to Chris, Jamie and Cilla we were delighted to see three dear friends. Because of their size, Chris walks each dog individually twice a day, which keeps her busy with 4 walks, but she thinks that’s a small sacrifice to have such lovely companions.
Supporting the Dogs’ Homes Winter Appeal will ensure that we will always be here for dogs like Nova, Cilla and Jamie, just as they are always there for their new families.
Thank you to Max and Chris for allowing us to tell your stories, and for the wonderful care you take of your beautiful dogs.