24 August 2022

Foster carers prepare our furry friends for adoption by Eurobodalla families

| Katrina Condie
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Caption: Ranger Jason Ritzen with a dog

Ranger Jason Ritzen says most dogs are adopted from the Eurobodalla Animal Shelter, but foster carers can make their life better. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

If you enjoy spending time with dogs but can’t commit to a full-time pet, perhaps fostering a furry friend could be an option.

Animal Welfare League Eurobodalla president Clare Hooper says her branch is always on the lookout for volunteers to assist with temporary care until permanent homes can be found for surrendered animals.

“We know dogs do better when cared for in a home than left in the animal shelter for extended periods,” Ms Hooper said.

“We welcome people interested in fostering a dog in the short term until a permanent home is found.”

Eurobodalla Shire Council rangers find a ”fur-ever” home for nearly every animal that ends up at the shelter, but those that aren’t adopted always go to rehoming organisations such as the Animal Welfare League or the RSPCA for a second chance.

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While a range of animals do end up at the shelter, dogs make up the majority. As soon as they are available for adoption, they are listed under ”Pets needing new homes” on the council’s website and on the ESC Facebook page.

Ranger Mitchell Stirling says adopting a furry friend from the animal shelter is easier than ever.

“Our goal is to rehome every animal we can,” Mr Stirling said.

He said potential adopters should contact the rangers on 4474 1019 or at [email protected] to register their interest and make a time to visit.

“We’ll run through some questions with you – just to ensure the animal will be a good fit – and there is a small fee,” Mr Stirling said.

Adopting an already microchipped animal is $52, while a dog without a microchip costs $116.

“It’s not about the money. We rehome 97.6 per cent of animals that come to the shelter, and we try to get them into caring homes as quickly as possible,” Mr Stirling said.

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“That said, we would love to see more animals microchipped – it really helps us to return animals to their owners quickly.”

For more information on pets available for adoption from the Eurobodalla Animal Shelter, visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au and search for ”Pets needing homes”.

To register your interest as a temporary pet carer with the Animal Welfare League, contact Clare Hooper on 0410 016 612.

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