Horsham PAWS calls for community support in the new year

LEAD THE WAY: Shaynee Cross, Laura Gabbe, Gae Pickert and Colleen Phillips.
LEAD THE WAY: Shaynee Cross, Laura Gabbe, Gae Pickert and Colleen Phillips.

IT IS a new year and Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support has asked the region to help them maintain its rehousing program for cats and dogs searching for a loving home. 

Horsham PAWS president Carolyn Stow said people could help the group in a variety of ways. 

“Our funding comes from the community when they buy our calendars, buy items in our Horsham PAWS opportunity store and support our fundraising events throughout the year,” she said. 

“We also really appreciate donations in the form of clothing for the op shop because they can be on sold.”

Ms Stow the organisation did not receive government funding. 

Therefore, Horsham PAWS relied on the Horsham Rural City community to extend a helping hand in order to cover their expenses.

The organisation faced an overwhelming strain with an influx of surrendered dogs last year. 

Ms Stow said Horsham PAWS was constantly battling with the amount of animals that need homes. 

She said often people forgot that the group could not accept every animal that needed help. 

“The flow isn’t slowing down and we now have cats and dogs coming in from within and outside the Horsham Rural City area,” she said. “Unfortunately we don’t have the financial capacity or enough foster carers available for the number of animals needing help.” 

She said every dollar counted to cover the financial burden in veterinary and foster care work. 

She said the people could support Horsham PAWS by making a donation and supporting their fundraising events. She said people could register their interest in the foster care program via www.horshampaws.com.au.

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