Two selfless volunteers have travelled close to 2000km in two days across the Goldfields and Gascoyne-Murchison region to collect unwanted pregnant dogs from their owners.
WISH Animal Rescue Team Perth volunteers Alison McVee and Sharelle Turtle have been making the lengthy trip for six years as part of the organisation’s sterilisation program.
“If owners find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy and they want to keep the mum, we will bring Mum to Perth, she will have her puppies in Perth, and we will sterilise and bring her back to her owners,” Mrs McVee said.
The mothers are returned to the owners sterilised, microchipped and vaccinated once the puppies have weaned.
“We have saved thousands of dogs over our six years and travelled thousands of kilometres to help,” Mrs McVee said.
“We are not here to judge, we are here to save innocent lives.”
Mrs McVee and Mrs Turtle collected a total of nine dogs, three of which were pregnant, on their most recent trip which included Kalgoorlie, Leonora and other regional towns in the Goldfields.
The organisation also takes medical and food supplies.
It either distributes the supplies to owners, or leaves them at the police stations.
“When we do go into towns, we drop by the police station and we drop off bags of food, flea treatment and worming treatment,” Mrs McVee said. “Nobody gets missed out. Every dog deserves a wish and we are there to help.”
Anyone requiring help with a dog can contact WISH Animal Rescue Team Perth through their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.