Mildura Weekly : Friday July 4 Vol 8 No 35
www.milduraweekly.com.au 14 Mildura Weekly – 04/07/14 By GRANT MAYNARD ON the face of it there’s noth- ing to distinguish him from any other Spanish family dog. He is doted on, pam- pered, and is a beloved mem- ber of the family. But there is something special about this family pet – he is Australian, in fact, he comes from Sunraysia! This once cheeky, naughty puppy has grown into a lovely dog, Rural Rescues secretary, Kaye Grivec, said this week. “He is one of several of our lucky dogs that have gone overseas to new owners,” Kaye said. Rural Rescues is a small group of Mildura-based vol- unteers that rescues and re- homes unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals from Mildura and surrounding dis- tricts. “Many of the animals we help are rescued from local pounds, while others are sur- rendered privately like when owners pass away, or move into a care facility and can no longer keep their pets,” Kaye explained. “Rural Rescues was found- ed in 2010 because dogs, par- ticularly, were dying for no other reason than they had been dumped at the pound, or were no longer wanted. “The founding members of Rural Rescues had previ- ously worked closely with Victorian Dog Rescue – the organisation that instigated the Drought Dogs Program in 2006. “Rural Rescues wanted to try to help the poor creatures that were ‘falling through the cracks.’ “We found many of the medium to larger-sized dogs were missing out, not because they were unsuitable to be re-homed, but because it is usually more difficult to find a suitable home for bigger dogs. “They need space, exercise and training. But all dogs, large or small, need lots of love and a second chance at life, and this is what we aim for. “We have found some of the biggest, toughest look- ing dogs are actually gentle giants...big sooks, loyal and real characters! Rural Rescues assess all dogs to make sure they are suitable to be re-homed. All dogs are vet-checked, vac- cinated, microchipped, de- sexed, wormed and flea treat- ed. “If the dogs have any health issues, or injuries, we have them treated and nurse them back to health,” Kaye said. Rural Rescues also assists cats. “We have many cats that are also looking for homes,” the group’s treasurer, Bev Cameron said. “All out cats and kittens are given excellent care, and lots of love and attention by our dedicated carers.” The cats too are also vet- checked, vaccinated, micro- chipped, desexed, wormed and treated for fleas. The Rural Rescues group not only works hard to save, care for and re-home animals locally, but “we also help hundreds animals move onto other rescue groups,” Bev said. “We organise transport by road, and sometimes by air, to move our animals out of the pounds quickly, and onto their second chance at life. “They only go to repu- table rescue groups who have the same values as we do. This entails hours of organising, and a lot of very early morn- ing starts to get the animals into travelling crates with leads, collars, fresh towels and blankets. “All our animals have a special someone waiting for them at the other end of the journey to take care of them. “This is how many ani- mals get a second chance at the life they deserve, and it could not be done without the dedication of our won- derful volunteers, and coop- eration of pound staff at both Mildura and Wentworth,” Bev said. Rural Rescue hosts two adoption days per month at the Pets Domain shop, in 15th Street, Mildura, while the group has interested peo- ple inquiring from all over the country, and overseas, to adopt its animals. Rural Rescues Inc. is a not- for-profit organisation that “desperately needs a helping hand to continue the work we do,” Kaye said. “We are always looking for ways to improve our facili- ties, and give the best possible care to rescued animals. “We find keeping up with vet and food bills a real strug- gle, and we are pleading for some community help. “We need help with the most basic of care items – quality food for dogs and cats, bedding, flea treatments, leads and collars, crates and enclosures and fencing. “And we are always look- ing for volunteers to foster animals until they are ad- opted; help with transport- ing animals to and from vet appointments; feeding and cleaning, walking, training, patting and cuddling the ani- mals in our care.” One of those who has re- sponded to the group’s plea for assistance is National Ag’s Anthony Callipari at Irymple. Anthony recently donated a literal ‘truckload’ of dog food to the group. A strong supporter of more than a few community groups and organisations, he has a soft spot for causes that involve those less than able to help themselves, like dis- abled kids, the elderly and, of course, man’s best friend. His donation, Anthony says, is a way of giving back to the community. His National Ag business on 15th Street opened its doors in 2008 and is thriving, and Anthony feels duty bound to share his suc- cess with others. • Continued Page 17 Helping hand for dog rescuers • HELPING HAND: Rural Rescue’s treasurer Bev Cameron with National Ag’s Anthony Callipari and John Surace, and a sample of the truckload of donated dog food.
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