Local organisation helps strays

Pierra WillixSound Telegraph
Dont Go Astray’s Jami Burke, Kylie Soanes and Shannon Fairweather with Jarla and Dakota.
Camera IconDont Go Astray’s Jami Burke, Kylie Soanes and Shannon Fairweather with Jarla and Dakota. Credit: Pierra Willix

Founded to help rehome stray and abandoned animals, Don’t Go Astray has helped to find homes for 21 pets since forming last year.

The organisation was founded by Baldivis Vet employee Kylie Soanes, who said she had seen countless pets ranging from dogs and cats, to rabbits and guinea pigs, being left by owners.

“I was seeing so many cases of strays and surrendered animals coming in and I felt like something needed to be done,” she said.

“With Don’t Go Astray, we get surrendered or stray animals and organise for them to have vet checks, be sterilised, vaccinated, and then we work to organise them to be fostered and eventually rehome.”

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Don’t Go Astray work via donation-based funding to help save animals.

The group has an eight-month-old Doberman pinscher/kelpie dog, Dakota, up for adoption. “Dakota was surrendered to the pound as her family were not able to care for her anymore,” she said.

When taken on by the group, Dakota was extremely underweight, with the group now looking to help her find a permanent home.

“We have already vaccinated her and she will need microchipping, blood tests and sterilisation and lots of love and care before she is adoption-ready,” she said.

Don’t Go Astray also works with the local pound, taking on animals to ensure they can be cared for. “Some families are also facing hardship, so we can assist them in raising funds for medical bills for their pets,” Ms Soanes said.

To help Don’t Go Astray, through donations or through foster caring, contact them on Facebook or email dga@dontgoastray.org.

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