PUPPY DOG EYES: Burnie Dogs’ Home volunteer Angus Jamieson, 11, with Smithfield cross, Smithie, who is looking for a home. Picture: Kate Prestt.HE’S just 12 weeks old and Smithie the lovable puppy needs someone to notice him and take him home.
The Smithfield cross is one of 51 homeless dogs at the Burnie Dogs’ Home, with another 53 at the Devonport home.
To mark the 17th International Day of the Dog, the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania held a public open day in Devonport on Saturday and in Burnie yesterday.
It was a chance for people to come and meet and celebrate the canine residents.
Angus Jamieson, from Penguin, is one of the dogs’ home volunteers.
Once a week he walks the dogs and bathes them to ensure they are in tip-top condition when their new owner arrives.
He encouraged anyone who was thinking about getting a dog to come and have a look there first.
The dogs’ home has animals available that range from eight weeks to 10 years old, with avariety of breeds.
All the dogs are vaccinated, desexed, microchipped, wormed, treated for fleas, bathed and fully vet checked.
“There are a variety of dogs, some big and some small, but they all need a home,” Angus said.
Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania North-West regional manager Caroline Dare said purchasing a dog from the homes was about giving the animals a second – or sometimes third – chance to become a life-long friend.
“When someone comes in, we have a talk to them about what kind of dog they are looking for, what their situation is, if they have a secure yard and if they do have another dog, they are required to bring them in,” she said.
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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.