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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Rangers helping families find new best friend

Eurobodalla Ranger Mitchell Stirling says adopting a furry friend from the shire’ animal shelter is easy.

“Our goal is to rehome every animal we can,” Mr Stirling said.

While a range of animals do end up at the shelter, dogs are definitely the majority. As soon as they are available for adoption, they are listed under Pets needing new homes on Council’s website and on the Facebook page.

Mr Stirling said potential adoptees should contact the rangers on 4474 1019 or rangers@esc.nsw.gov.au to register their interest and make a time to visit.

“We’ll run through some questions with you – just to ensure the animal will be a good fit – and there is a small fee,” Mr Stirling said. Adopting an already microchipped animal is $52 and $116 for dogs without a microchip.

“It’s not about the money. We rehome 97.6 per cent of animals that come to the shelter, and we try to get them into caring homes as quickly as possible. That said, we would love to see more animals microchipped – it really helps us to return animals to their owners quickly.”

Mr Stirling said animals that were not adopted from the shelter always go to rehoming organisations like the Animal Welfare League or the RSPCA for a second chance at finding a home. Animal Welfare League Eurobodalla president Clare Hooper said her branch was always looking for volunteers to assist with temporary care until permanent homes could be found.

“We know dogs do better when cared for in a home than left in the animal shelter for extended periods,” Ms Hooper said.

“We welcome people interested in fostering a dog in the short-term until a permanent home is found.”

For more information on pets available for adoption from the Eurobodalla Animal Shelter, visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Pets needing homes’. To register your interest as a temporary pet carer with the Animal Welfare League contact Clare Hooper on 0410 016 612.

Above: Ranger Jason Ritzen and friend at the Eurobodalla Animal Shelter.


LOOKING for a forever home for Marshall, a four year old German Shorthaired Pointer Cross (also called a Bull Arab). This gentle, affectionate boy would fit nicely into most households, as he loves everyone, and is good with other dogs, children and cats. The one thing he really needs is lots of human attention, so he is best suited to a home where there is someone around most of the time. Typical of his breed, Marshall is very easy-going. He enjoys meeting new people and bonds quickly. His long tail wags constantly, and when he's excited his wiggle-butt is really impressive. Marshall enjoys getting out and about. He's still learning to walk well on a lead but he's nearly there. His new home will need secure fencing, as Marshall's inquisitive and friendly nature may lead him to go exploring on his own. This lovely boy is ready to make someone the perfect pet. Marshall is available for adoption in NSW and the ACT. He weighs 33kg and is staying at Tuross Head. Please contact RSPCA Eurobodalla on 0424 228 425 for more information.

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