Dedicating the little spare time he has to foster
As a foster carer for Australian Working Dogs Rescue, an
When he is not at training kicking a football,
“It’s not too hard to balance, obviously I have a lot of time commitment with football but when I get home I just take them straight down to the park and spend an hour and a half with them,” he said.
“If they can, they stay up there and keep getting trained and find homes where they can work sheep or cattle or even just stockyards.”
“If I can make a small difference and make people more aware and get more people involved in fostering or even donating, ” he said at a barbecue raising funds for costly operation on a kelpie much like Ralphy.
Kelly Vickers, a foster carer in Moe, said she was lucky to have the land to host and rehabilitate litters of puppies as well as single dogs.
“I reckon we’re up to about 34 or 35 dogs since January, we deal with a lot of puppies; they tend to go through a lot quicker as well, we’ve had a few seniors as well,”
“We’ll only send our dogs that are basically bomb-proof so that we know they’re safe with kids and we know what sort of family they need to go to, we know their temperament and if they should go to a family or a working environment.
“We pride ourselves on matching the dogs to the right adoptive homes which
AWDR Victorian re-homing coordinator Carolynne Rankcom said while Gippsland had a good base of animal foster carers, there was always room for more.
“The foster carers actually bridge the gap between a death situation and going on to have new life again,”
“Hopefully we can get some interested foster carers on board; we have a fairly reasonable presence in Gippsland which is fantastic, being that we have such a strong farming community; it’s awesome.”