Open day planned for dogs ‘refugee’ centre

March 17, 2008

A local program which finds homes for ‘refugee’ dogs, has proved successful beyond all expectations.

In the 12 months from March 9 2007 to March 9, 2008, Geoff and Pat Johnston of the Gwydir Park Pet Inn at Delungra, have found homes for 80 dogs. "I thought when we started, if we found homes for six or seven, it would be good," he said. "We only let the dogs go to good homes," Geoff, who has ‘repossessed’ two dogs, told the Advocate.

Before they let a dog go to a new home, Geoff and Pat ascertain if the new owner is suitable for the dog.

According to Geoff, if they had not set up the program 60 or 70 dogs, some with impressive pedigrees, would have been euthanased.

To help fund the Dog Re-homing program, Geoff and Pat are holding an open day and monster garage sale at the Gwydir Park Pet Inn, 8km west of Delungra, on Sunday, March 30.

Inverell East Rotary Club members will help by running a sausage sizzle.

Geoff said that a large number of items had been donated for the sale, including building material, furniture, kids’ clothing which has never been worn, old bottles, soap and soap powder, filing cabinets, a brand new single bed and mattress and a large range of household items.

Country and Western and old time band, Sapphire Blue, have donated their time to play during the day.

All proceeds from the day go to the ‘refugees’ veterinary fund, which pays for the immunisations, worming expenses, and feeding the refugees.

At present, there are 17 dogs, including four pups, at Gwydir Park. Most of the dogs are big, but there are also small dogs looking for the right home.