Drought dogs saved by travelling angel
EVERY few weeks, during a seven-hour road trip, one woman ventures across the lush landscape of Noosa's hinterland and into the dusty, drought-ravaged lands of Moree, NSW.
The trip is made by Doonan's Bronwyn Innes, a woman on a mission to rescue abandoned dogs that are being cared for at the Animal Welfare League in Moree.
Moree is one of the places in Australia where there is no joy in another day of fine weather. Moreover, it's just a terrible reminder of the unrelenting nature of a torturous drought. The drought counts among its victims people, livelihoods, stock, flora and fauna - and now, according to Bronwyn, you can add dogs to the tally.
She said the Moree Plains Shire Council was euthanising up to seven dogs a week because it did not have adequate pound facilities to cope with the swelling number of abandoned or surrendered pooches.
"The Moree Animal Welfare League saves as many as they can under very difficult circumstances,'' Bronwyn said.
"But they can only find homes and care for a very limited number.''
On the way to Moree, Bronwyn's vehicle is loaded up with tinned dog food, doggie treats and kibble. On the way home, the space is taken up with Moree dogs that will be rehoused on the Sunshine Coast.
"The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge has agreed to take the dogs,'' she said.
"They have a shortage at the moment.''
Eumundi Rotary is working with Bronwyn to support the drought dog rescue mission. For future trips south they are seeking donations of dog food, canine treats, leads, collars as well as monetary donations to offset the costs of caring for the animals in this time of horrific drought.
If you can help in any way, please phone Born at Rotary Eumundi on 0412 426 476.