Puppies need good homes

Is this your puppy? The Animal Rights and Rescue Group is holding a pet adoptathon on Saturday at Animal Central, 135 Three Chain Road, South Lismore.

Five years ago Jasper, a female greyhound cross bull terrier, had been beaten almost to death, had welts and scabs all over her fur-less body and was suffering from mange. She shook every time she saw a human.

Paul Slessor took Jasper under his care and nurtured her back to health, feeding her until she was twice the weight he found her at. She is now his constant companion.

All rescue dogs have a high degree of gratitude, a dumb realisation that you are their saviour, Paul said. Because youre their rescuer they become your number one fan.

This Saturday, May 3, the Lismore Animal Rights and Rescue Group is holding an animal adoptathon at Animal Central, 135 Three Chain Road, South Lismore.

The group is hoping to home 40 dogs and puppies. For $150 you can adopt a canine companion who is de-sexed, microchipped and has had its first vaccination.

Paul has five dogs and has fostered more than 500 in the past five years.

People should be aware that, much like having a child, its a real commitment, he said. Its a 15-year deal and once youve made it, you cant just shrug it off because youve got a new job in a different area. You cant simply morally step out of a commitment to a dog. That is effectively condemning it to death.

People wanting to adopt a dog should either own their own home or have written permission from the landlord, and have good fences around their property so the dog cannot escape.

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