Reflections from SCARS volunteer visiting the Nursing Homes with Maggie the Silky Terrier and Ziggie the Labrador
What an eventful day.
So many smiling faces
Gnarled hands reaching out to pat the soft hair of our two visiting dogs
Some residents recognised our “Maggie” and called to her
After patting our beautiful Ziggie one gentleman was encouraged to tell us (via his communication board) of his many fishing adventures, a far cry from the quiet reticent man the staff sees each day
The memory loss residents really take part in ball throwing up and down the corridors which Maggie loves and just talking to the dogs.
We move from area to area connecting with each resident and offering a pat and cuddles with our lovely dogs. Even one lady lying in a bed that we had been told would not respond, spotted our dogs and immediately sat up to pat them and to chat with us
We look forward to visiting the two Residential Care Units each month and we hope the residents have some of the happy memories we have shared. Certainly when we talk to some of them they talk about loving memories of dogs in their lives
Maggie and Ziggie go home with tails wagging having done a great job of licking, sitting for treats and being hugged and patted- what a hard life they have!! And we the volunteers head home with a smile and a glow in our hearts.
A great month of adoptions for dogs so far, with the long termers Hector, Hayley , Sandy and Apache finding homes. Hayley went off to live in a “share house “ situation. This is what Hayley does best, help be a companion for these guys. Sadly Hayley’s last “share home” situation was sold up and the residents moved to different places, this then meant Hayley had to come and live in the refuge, so we now have one very happy girl! And early reports suggest she is ‘lapping’ up all the attention. A great end of year story.
The puppies have finally been finding homes and we only have one left which is great news!
Lot’s of lovely donations coming in for the dogs for Christmas which is brilliant and all of our dogs on the SCARS wishing tree have pressies under the tree waiting for Christmas morning.
Santa Paws was a wonderful success this year again! Santa was photographed with over 70 dogs, cats and this year we did our first Santa Paws (hooves) photos!! A wonderful day and lovely to see old friends and families that have adopted from SCARS. All their fur babies looked very loved and spoilt. A massive thanks to Trudy, our volunteer photographer, who makes the best Santa paws photos on the Sunny Coast. Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped out on the day. Looking forward to seeing you all again next Santa Paws day in 2016.
We have a huge amount of cats both in and out of the refuge at the moment, lot’s for adoption and many more out in foster care. As we are having difficulty re-homing enough adult cats, we have a promotion for the month of December, “One cat wonders” adult cats for only $69 to adopt. Let’s hope this helps to re-home plenty of adult cats, in order to help us intake some more in need of help. So far this month we re-homed 25 kittens and cats, mostly kittens, but there have a been a few lucky cats as well. We hope some of the more longer term cats may be adopted before the end of December, fingers crossed!
We still have 5 of our cats waiting patiently for Christmas pressies under the SCARS wishing tree – Hector, Wiley and Stevie to name a few…
Remember our Cat Desex in the City campaign is ongoing now. Purchase a voucher for $69. Tell your friends. Click here to find out more.
• Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds.
Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.
• Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
• Dogs do not have an appendix.
• There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
• Dalmatians are born spotless: at first pure white, their spots develop as they age.
• Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind; they can see shades of blue, yellow, green and gray. The color red registers on a grayscale in a dog’s vision.
• Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed.
• Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.
• Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
We just LOVE Dogs!
Looking for some Christmas gifts?? Why not pop over to the website online shop. Our new SCARS 2016 Calendars are here!! Jimbo is on our front cover this year! Great for a christmas gift at only $16.95. There are lots of ideas for gifts on the website so pop over and check it out. We have bags, water bottles, t-shirts and pens to name a few. Our caps are awesome too! We have been spending time at the Kawana Shopping Centre every two months so pop along and see us and grab some gifts then. We are there November 26th - 28th. Click here to purchase now!
We'd like to tell you all about a very special dog called "Preston". Preston was one of the 'staff' at SCARS. He had a very important job for the last 4 years. He was half of our dynamic dog test duo. Preston loved his job and strutted proudly every week at 'job' time. Otherwise known for his finicky taste in humans...with only a few privileged ones among us able to be classed as his pack and receive his love and attention! Preston was a character no doubt about that. Sadly Preston, at 13+ years of age, was diagnosed with cancer this month and was kindly and peacefully laid to rest by his wonderful foster carer Kym. They had a very special bond, as those of you who knew Preston will know and had been together for over 6 years. Kym kindly rescued Preston when few could have.....He will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to Kym & her dog crew who also miss the little guy.....RIP brave Preston and happy days running free and healthy again with lots of roast chicken dinners!
I was relaxing the other day and started to think about what I love about being a volunteer at SCARS. It’s hard to choose between the great people I get to meet and hang out with at the refuge or the great cats and dogs that find their way into my heart. I do know that I love watching the joy on the faces of the other volunteers when they are with the cats and dogs, or working in the gardens, sheds and office- it is magical and inspirational.
Over Halloween we had a stall at Kawana Shopping Centre one of SCARS regular second monthly stints to get the word out to the public. This is a very valuable forum and so many people appreciate the work that SCARS does. Looking forward to meeting more people again this month-drop on by the table and have a natter.