Full glam for Newcastle’s furry friends

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furry friends with their owner
Dog Rescue Newcastle Fur Ball Event Coordinator Meg Reed with her dogs Rhonda and Alfie.

Furry friends across the city are calling for help and Dog Rescue Newcastle is answering their plea.

The not-for-profit organisation works to rescue neglected and abused companion animals from death row at local pounds.

It relies on donations and volunteers to continue rescuing man’s best friend.

According to the group, 250,000 companion animals are killed in Australia every year, including 60,000 in NSW alone.

“The thought of how many dogs are killed each year is horrible,” Dog Rescue Newcastle’s Meg Reed said.

“It’s harrowing to think [about] and it’s heartbreaking.

“We’re working to reduce that number; the ultimate goal would be zero.”

She added that, with around 180 foster carers, the organisation needs more volunteers.

“We are desperate for foster carers – the more we have, the more dogs we can save,” she said.

“When dogs go into a regional pound, animals that are microchipped have 14 days to be rescued – ones that aren’t have seven, and others that are surrendered can be instantly be put down.”

Volunteers work to save the dogs lives by fostering them until a suitable adoptive owner is found. Every animal they foster is adopted out unless they suffer from major behavioural or health issues.

These dogs then become sponsor dogs and are kept by the organisation.

Becoming a foster carer is completely free.

Dog Rescue Newcastle covers all the costs from food to vet bills.

Ms Reed said that being a foster carer was a fantastic and rewarding experience.

“You have a great opportunity to see a dog blossom in a safe and caring environment that they might not have experienced before,” she said.

Interested parties can apply online and, once a yard check is completed to make sure the area is suitable for the rescue, people can start fostering.

The organisation will host its inaugural Dog Rescue Newcastle Fur Ball on Saturday 23 May in a bid to raise money.

It will be a night of “full glam” all for a good cause.

Tickets, which cost $170 each, are selling fast.

Search Dog Rescue Newcastle Fundraising Ball at stickytickets.com.au for more information or to buy tickets.

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