Helping rescued dogs

by Ann van Engelen

Joining forces with other animal rescuers such as Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust is something Paw Justice do through their food bank programme to try and ensure there is enough food for all.

Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust began in 1982, rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs primarily from pounds across the Canterbury District. The Paw Justice Food Bank Programme has delivered more than 76 tonnes of pet food to various Christchurch shelters since the first earthquake.

“We are self-funded and very grateful for Paw Justice. They have rescued us on several occasions with food for our animals,” says Dogwatch manager Kelly Burt.

“We have a purpose-built adoption centre with 14 kennels, which have underfloor heating for the winter. There are running paddocks and a swimming pond donated by the Smart family for the dogs to cool off in warmer months.

“When they come into our care, they are registered, microchipped, vaccinated and desexed. They are assessed, and then we try and match each dog to an owner’s lifestyle. We have rehomed numerous dogs in Rolleston and surrounds.

“At Easter, we didn’t know how we were going to feed our animals. Paw Justice managed to send a small pallet of food, and Bull Breed Dog Rescue gave us some; Paw Justice sent them — we are so appreciative.

“Dogwatch is primarily run through volunteers, and Deborah from Mind Pro Animal Behaviour helps with the assessments. We have many happy endings like a dog who arrived on July 7 2017, and finally adopted on Valentine’s Day this year — she touched everybody’s hearts.”

The team are hosting a quiz night fundraiser on July 4. They also have a second-hand variety shop at the corner of Beresford and Hardy Streets, New Brighton open Monday to Friday from 10am–3pm.

“Quiz night is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. For tickets pop into the adoption centre or for more information email”