FURRY FRIEND:Irene and Tom Newlands with their foster dogs Laddie and Rottie at Rocky Pet World on Saturday.
FURRY FRIEND:Irene and Tom Newlands with their foster dogs Laddie and Rottie at Rocky Pet World on Saturday.

Foster dog the best choice for life on the farm

LIVING on a farm with no animals, Hailey and Michael Amedee would love nothing more than to take home a furry friend like Tyler.

And on Saturday they got the chance to have a look at some of the cats and dogs looking for new homes as part of the Capricorn Animal Aid Adoption Day.

Mum of the nine and seven year olds who live on a property outside of Rockhampton in Ironpot, Belinda said the kids had been asking for a dog for a long time.

"We've come to look to possibly foster out a dog; the kids ask all the time for one," she said. "I would definitely rather foster an animal than buy one, because there are just so many being taken to the pound, it's really sad."

Already from January to April, 130 pets have been willingly surrendered to the Rockhampton Pound by their owners Cr Ellen Smith said last week.

Capricorn Animal Aid president Katina Kilpatrick said they worked closely with council to rehome animals and also want everyone to consider adoption first.

"We're currently at full capacity with animals and really need everyone's help to rescue them now," she said.

Foster carers Ali and Kerry Wehlow said looking after rescued animals was very rewarding.

"It's the greatest pleasure, we love doing it and both of our other dogs were originally foster dogs as well," Ali said.

With the adoption days held every six weeks in Rockhampton, one of the CAA co-ordinators, Kaz Stephens, said on average, six to eight animals would be adopted out each time.



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