A MORNINGTON Peninsula dog rescue group is full of animals in need, but they themselves need to make sure they can continue their work.
Founded by Capel Sound resident and support worker Erin Shaw two years ago, Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue Incorporated’s mission is to provide a solution to the number of homeless dogs.
Shaw says the rescue is currently inundated with abandoned dogs and is trying to help rural pounds with an excess of strays and lost dogs. He recently received 11 Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador cross puppies from an overworked dog owner who gave pets on Gumtree.
“We stepped in to take them out and find good homes for them because we know that pets that are donated can end up in bad situations,” she said.
Since its inception, Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue has taken in or fostered over 200 dogs.
“We are doing a great job and doing everything we can to rescue, foster and rehome the animals, but we need more people to foster and adopt, and we need support to feed and care for the dogs,” said said Shaw.
“Anyone considering getting a dog should really look at rescue dogs, these animals can make the best pets and deserve a good home.”
Shaw said the nonprofit rescue needed people who could take in a dog at no cost, with all food and vet bills covered by the rescue organization.
The rescue specializes in large breed dogs, which are often the hardest to adopt, and people can either adopt, adopt, or adopt.
All dogs are carefully vetted and the rescue does not support animals with behavioral issues due to cost and difficulty in finding the right home.
“For foster dogs, we provide a crate, food, vet care and transportation. Fostering is a good way to get a feel for a dog, with many people ultimately deciding to foster the dog. pet in their family permanently,” Shaw said.
Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue is self-funded, with volunteers often dipping into their own pockets to keep it running.
Anyone who can foster or adopt, or donate supplies or money, can find out more on Facebook – Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue, or online at mpdogrescue.com.au
First published in the Southern Peninsula News – September 6, 2022