151 Dogs Saved From Death Row In Australia’s Outback Thanks To Animal Rescue Group
An animal rescue program unique to the western region has been responsible for a vast drop in dog euthanasia rates in two remote western New South Wales communities.
The volunteer-run Rural Outback Animal Rescue (ROAR) based at Cobar was set up to address high numbers of dogs being impounded.
The co-founder Leah Josephson said the group had so far helped re-home 151 animals and it has had dogs from across the west, including Bourke and Broken Hill.
She said it had proven to be a big help to residents and farmers.
“In Bourke for instance, there was a lot of dogs roaming the streets,” Ms Josephson said.
“This was reported from Phil the ranger, and since we started and the word got out that those dogs are going to be picked up and taken out of town and rehomed.
“Phil said there is barely a dog walking the street,” she said.
Rural dogs being dumped
The group has an agreement with the Cobar and Bourke Shire Councils, where all the impounded dogs are picked up or delivered to the ROAR site in Cobar rather than being put down.
It is run by Ms Josephson and two other women who also deliver the town’s mail.
Ms Josephson used to own a dog boarding businesses but closed it when she started a family.
She has since reopened it to temporarily house the dogs.
Each animal has fundraising page established and once it reaches enough money to transport it to bigger towns, the group send it to an adoption centre.
The group also hopes to change people’s attitudes about getting rid of animals that are not good at their job by starting the program.
Ms Josephson said the district had a problem with pigging dogs being abandoned on properties if they got injured or did not perform well.
She said euthanasia rates at the Cobar and Bourke pounds had also dropped by more than 90 per cent since the group was set up.
“If a dog is not a good pigger they get dumped in the bush.”
“They [dogs] can end up on people’s properties, they can be shot, they can destroy sheep, die a very poor death, starvation in the heat.”
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