Volunteers needed at Happy Paws
THE dedicated care of Happy Paws Haven owner Sally Rogers and her small group of volunteers has seen almost 1400 unwanted and abandoned animals find "forever homes".
To help continue the care and services provided by the animal welfare organisation she founded several years ago, Ms Rogers is on the look-out for more local volunteers.
"We are in desperate need of more volunteers to look after our growing number of animals," Ms Rogers said.
"Happy Paws is home to many cats and dogs who are looking for their forever homes. I would love for more people to volunteer to help care for them."
Ms Rogers blames irrational judgment and irresponsibility for the increasing number of unwanted animals.
Her aim at Happy Paws Haven is to give these animals a second chance with "new owners who are prepared to look after them".
"People buy young puppies and kittens because they look cute, but they grow up fast and their owners begin to realise how much work they actually are," she said.
"Pet owners need to be responsible. If you want an animal, you must be prepared to look after it and have it desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.
"But the bottom line is, if you cannot afford to look after a pet, do not get one. I also encourage people to consider adopting a pet instead of buying from pet stores."
Members and volunteers of Happy Paws Haven will meet at 1pm today in Eatonsville.
New members and volunteers are welcome to attend.
Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age and have had a recent tetanus injection.
Phone Ms Rogers on 66 449 936 for more information.