“It’s all about the dogs”.
Those are the words hanging over the kennels at Mandurah’s K9 Dog Rescue Group.
The not-for-profit organisation are preparing for their upcoming adoption day and are hoping this summer’s event will raise record funds to help refurbish the old kennel block.
K9 Dog Rescue Group’s Janine Matthews said they’ve been “frantically fundraising” to be able to afford the upgrades.
“It’s over 20 years old so the infrastructure has deteriorated so badly that dogs are getting injured from the broken fencing and they can’t spend another winter being flooded because of the way that it’s built,” she said.
“If anyone’s wanting to come on board with donations of money or building materials, that would be fantastic.
“The adoption day is our big fundraiser so that will contribute towards that and making everyone aware that we need to do some upgrades.”
If anyone’s wanting to come on board with donations of money or building materials, that would be fantastic.Janine Matthews
The adoption day will be on Saturday, December 8 between 10am-3pm.
Along with plenty of pet-friendly stalls, food and coffee vans and face painting, Ms Matthews said there will be a few extra special treats at the event.
“There will be a small art show by our own canine artist who can take a photo of your pet and paint the pet for you,” she said.
“We’ll have photos with you and your dog with Santa and his elves.
“There will be a doggy parade at just after 10am and that way any prospective families can see the dogs being paraded around if they’re interested
“We’re hoping that at the end of the day we’ll have a lot of empty kennels because the dogs would have found their humans.”
The K9 group home 300 dogs a year on average but Ms Matthews said there are a few dogs that have been waiting too long for their furever home.
“We’ve got a handful of long-termers who need homes but they need a bit more one-on-one work from people who are going to be home all the time because they have some anxiety issues or they are escape artists,” she said.
“They are some of the ones we would really like to find homes for but they just need a little bit extra love and care.
“There will also be a price reduction on the dogs on the day – they will be $330, normally $430.”
The fundraising team at K9 have also been hard at work with their new initiative, $’s for Dogs.
The program involves selling pet biscuits provided by Pet City at dog friendly cafes so pooches and their owners can enjoy a treat together.
Currently available at Pengo’s Cafe in Shoalwater and Mataya Eatery, Ms Matthews said they hoped to expand the program soon.
“In the three months since Pengo’s have been on board, they’ve raised over $1000 so they’re going great guns,” she said.
“We’re going to be rolling it out across a lot more cafes so there will be a lot more in between the Mandurah and Rockingham area.
“If there’s any dog social cafes out there, they can get in touch with us to come on board because it’s a great fundraiser for us.”
Ms Matthews said the organisation is always looking for donations that aren’t financial as well.
“We’re always in need of donations of mainly dog treats to do our training and enrichment programs,” she said.
“We need things like Glen 20 and fly spray and hand sanitiser because we go through them a lot, especially in summer.
“We’re also in need of blankets and towels and for people to come and adopt our dogs and take them home.”