A MORNINGTON Peninsula dog rescue group is bursting at the seams with animals in need but is in need itself to ensure it can continue its work.
Founded by Capel Sound resident and support worker Erin Shaw two years ago, Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue Incorporated’s mission is providing a solution to the number of homeless dogs.
Shaw says the rescue is currently inundated with surrendered dogs as well as trying to help out rural pounds with excess strays and lost dogs. It recently received 11 Rhodesian ridgeback/Labrador cross puppies from an overwhelmed dog owner who was giving the pets away on Gumtree.
“We stepped in there to take them and find them good homes, because we know that pets that are given away can end up in bad situations,” she said.
Since its inception Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue has rehomed or fostered more than 200 dogs.
“We are doing great work and doing all we can to rescue, foster and rehome animals but we need more people to foster and adopt, and we need support to feed and care for the dogs,” Shaw said.
“Anyone who is thinking about getting a dog should really look at rescue dogs, these animals can make the best pets and deserve a good home.”
Shaw said the not-for-profit rescue needed people who could foster a dog at no cost, with all food and vet bills covered by the rescue organisation.
The rescue specialises in large breed dogs, which are often the hardest to rehome, and people can either foster, foster-to-adopt, or adopt.
All dogs are carefully vetted, and the rescue does not take in animals with behavioural issues because of the cost and difficulty in ensuring the right home is found.
“For fostered dogs we provide a crate, food, vet care and transport. Fostering is a good way to get a feel for a dog, with many people eventually deciding to welcome the animal into their family permanently,” Shaw said.
Mornington Peninsula Dog Rescue is self-financed, with volunteers often digging into their own pockets to keep it going.
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