Seniors get behind sweet way to help save dogs

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Ingenia Gardens Carey Park resident Jan Thiele says rescuing her dog, Bluey, changed her life.
Camera IconIngenia Gardens Carey Park resident Jan Thiele says rescuing her dog, Bluey, changed her life. Credit: Ailish Delaney/Bunbury Herald/Ailish Delaney

Ingenia Gardens Carey Park residents got together with their furry friends last week to indulge in a sweet treat to raise funds and awareness for RSPCA Cupcake Day.

The day aimed to use tasty treats to raise money to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in need across the country.

More than $423,000 has been raised nationwide so far.

Community manager Trudy Turner said with so many residents owning pets in the community, everyone was passionate about supporting the cause to protect abandoned and abused animals.

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“Our residents support many charities throughout the year because they’re so passionate about using their retirement years to make a difference in the community,” she said.

The furry and feathered residents of our community are more than just pets, they’re like family, which is why it means a lot to everyone to get involved in RSPCA Cupcake Day.

Trudy Turner

“Their pets bring them love, companionship and purpose in life which can play a significant part in promoting positive ageing and independence in seniors.”

Resident Jan Thiele rescued her dog, Bluey, when he was seven years old after her daughter gave her the idea to look for an animal companion to keep her company.

“I was initially so hesitant about rescuing Bluey because my biggest concern was who would look after him once I’m gone,” she said.

“But my daughter promised me, that if I go before Bluey does, who is 14 years old now, that she’ll look after him for me and so here I am with him seven years later.”

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