Thursday December 6, 2012
NSW Animal Rescue (NSWAR) at Bringelly has teamed up with Corrective Service NSW inmates from Emu Plains to save pets’ lives and give inmates a chance to provide restitution to the community, Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said today.
“NSWAR takes ‘special needs’ dogs that have been abused, neglected, were sick or pregnant, and that would normally be destroyed by overworked pounds,” Mrs Davies said.
“As an accredited Corrective Services NSW work site, NSWAR hosts male and female inmates from Correctional Centres to help maintain and clean the facilities and work with these pets to nurse them back to health,” she said.
“Offenders undertaking Community Service Orders also provide labour with work teams from Corrective Services NSW’ Campbelltown Probation and Parole Office maintaining the 2ha grounds and buildings – mowing lawns, cleaning, painting and doing repairs.”
NSWAR spokesperson Leigh Ninham said the dogs need intensive physical and mental rehabilitation. “This is a mutual process – the pets find their forever homes and the inmates learn vital animal work skills and also experience the love that only a pet can give.”
This week, inmates from the Emu Plains Correctional Centre’s Mobile Outreach Program have been brought in to undertake major building and renovation work – saving NSWAR thousands of dollars. The work includes construction of two pergolas, a dog exercise yard and water tank for dogs to swim in.
“This yard is a major landscape transformation,” Mr Ninham said. “All of the excavation, construction and painting is being carried out by the inmates from the Emu Plains team,” he said.
“We receive no government funding, so this is a really valuable opportunity for us. We rely heavily upon the generosity of the public and businesses who donate time and goods to rescue our disadvantaged pets.
“This scheme means more of our donated funds go directly to the pets and the Corrective Services NSW program has let us help people to help animals – which is our ultimate goal,” he said. “Corrective Services are to be congratulated for this far sighted approach.”
NSWAR is no stranger to initiatives that change the lives of pets for the better.
“We also developed the Pregnant Paws Program, which we believe is an ‘Australian first’ that changes lives and reduces euthanasia of healthy pets” Mr Ninham said.
“We take in pregnant dogs from families in the local community, safely deliver the puppies, then desex, microchip, and vaccinate the mother dog, and return her safely home. The puppies are then desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and found ‘forever’ homes by NSWAR .”