Cloud over Bunbury shelter’s future

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
South West Animal Rescue coordinator Tanya Adams, P&N Bank homeloan specialist Kristy Hastie and foster carer Wendy Ottrey need more support for abandoned animals like nine-week-old kittens Willow and Wilma and mum Victoria, centre.
Camera IconSouth West Animal Rescue coordinator Tanya Adams, P&N Bank homeloan specialist Kristy Hastie and foster carer Wendy Ottrey need more support for abandoned animals like nine-week-old kittens Willow and Wilma and mum Victoria, centre. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

A Bunbury rescue shelter which rehomes more than 200 animals every year is facing uncertainty about its future as funds run low.

South West Animal Rescue shelter relies largely on community donations and volunteers to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned domestic animals.

The group is hopeful a $2000 grant from P&N Bank’s Helping &nds program will help, but more is desperately needed.

Shelter coordinator Tanya Adams said that the organisation urgently needed support in order to keep its doors open in 2019 and to continue saving animals.

With a small team of just five the group works with local pounds and rangers, while also providing low-cost sterilisations to rehome up to 200 animals a year across the region.

“Our rescue home is a relatively small one and we struggle for funding — sadly though, there will always be a need for SWAR to keep running as there is a lot of animals needing help in the region,” Mrs Adams said.

“The P&N Helping &nd grant will be used for veterinary expenses for the rescue animals, who are all vaccinated, sterilised, microchipped, vet checked and treated for fleas and worms prior to being rehomed.

“Support like this, as well as community donations of pet food or items such as cat litter makes a real difference to SWAR and the animals we rescue.”

P&N Bank Bunbury branch manager Donna Gibbs said the bank was delighted to be able to support such an important community organisation in the region.

“This is exactly what (the) program is all about — providing financial support which can be directed into an area of need, such as giving hope to abandoned pets,” Ms Gibbs said.

“This is why we exist, to enrich the lives of our customers and the communities in which they live.”

Visit the South West Animal Rescue website to help.

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