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ACT Rescue and Foster celebrates rehoming its 2000th dog
ACT Rescue and Fosters' 2000th dog to be homed, Toto,
with his new owner Trish Holden, left, foster carer Lyn Boyer
and ARF's 1000th dog to be homed Libby with new owner
Joy Beegan, right.
TOTO and Libby have a lot in common.
The two dogs were dumped by their first
owners and ended up at the pound.
Fortunately they were taken in by
generous foster carers before being rehom-
ed with two loving families.
The pair caught up on Saturday with the
help of ACT Rescue and Foster.
The organisation, which marks its 10th
year of operation this year, is celebrating
the rehoming of its 2000th dog, Toto.
Libby -- who was ACT Rescue and
Foster's 1000th rehoming -- got to join in
ACT Rescue and Foster has about 40
active foster carers who rescue dogs from
pounds and foster them temporarily in their
The volunteers keep the animals for as
long as it takes to find them permanent,
"Rehoming dogs is not easy," president
Wendy Parsons said.
"That's why this is a very big milestone
Trish Holden came across the nine-year-
old Australian terrier, Toto, when she was
looking for a companion for her 11-year-
"My 13-year-old dog passed away
earlier this year, so the other one seemed a
bit lonely," she said.
"Mainly I wanted a companion dog
rather than a puppy that would run him
ragged. This dog's an easy-going, lovely
While she had never thought of adoption
before, Ms Holden would encourage others
to consider it.
"Some people are sceptical about getting
a dog who may have been in the pound or
been rejected by another family because
they don't know their history," she said.
"But from everything I've seen they
really turn out to be lovely family pets."
ACT Rescue and Foster has seen a peak
in the number of dog dumpings over the
past few months.
"We've got a bit of a throw-away
society and we see that in the number of
dogs getting dumped," Ms Parsons said.
"I think it's just so important to look
after both people and animals -- but
particularly animals -- who are discarded
She wants to see the Government place
more importance on animal welfare.
"It's been fairly low on the government
agenda for a long time," she said.
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