New chapter for pup rescued by local fundraisers
Rescue dog Rusty was renamed and given a new start by students of the Ignite Girls Program last Tuesday.
An initiative in mental health, wellbeing and civic responsibility, Ignite raised significant funds in this year’s City to Surf and donated the money to Saving Animals From Euthanasia.
The timely donation allowed SAFE to treat the one-year-old Rottweiler-cross in its care and amputate his leg following severe trauma.
Just three weeks later, the newly named Rusty visited the Ignite Girls who had made his surgery possible.
Busselton Senior High School student Michaela Baptiste said seeing the dog in person made the fundraising all worth it.
“It felt so good to see Rusty walk around, and feels really amazing to be a part of it,” she said.
SAFE dog co-ordinator Geoff Cusworth said there had been an outpouring of community and professional support for the dog.
“We’ve had a local vet, physio and dog trainer all provide resources and support,” he said.
“The fundraising from the Ignite Girls was also fantastic and it was so good to see them all put so much thought into naming Rusty after his surgery.”
Mr Cusworth said the new name marked a new chapter for the rescue dog, who is up for adoption.
“Hopefully with this kind of continued support, SAFE can keep growing and eventually provide a halfway home for animals between foster care,” he said.
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