5 March 2019

How you can be in the dog house for a good cause

| Lachlan Roberts
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In the dog house – for doing something right, this time.

Do you know someone who deserves to be in the dog house? Maybe it’s your partner because he left the toilet seat up again or your colleague who spilt his morning coffee all over you as you walked into the office this morning.

We have all been in the dog house at some stage in our lives but have you ever been in there for a good cause?

The RSPCA ACT is looking for more people fit for the dog house for their fundraising event which is taking place in a few weeks’ time. The event will see Canberrans voluntarily getting locked up inside the Weston kennels to raise critical funds for the RSPCA ACT.

Held on 22 March, participants can register individually or as a team and will set an adoption target that they will aim to reach by the event.

On the night, participants will enter the kennels at RSPCA ACT and cannot leave until they have reached their adoption target. Once this target is reached they will head into the adoption party where four-legged friends await to thank them for all their efforts.

A number of the RSPCA ACT board members have already signed up to be locked up, including Katy Gallagher, who is aiming to raise a grand to help the RSPCA ACT and to bring awareness to important animal welfare issues.

“I know how hard the staff and volunteers work to look after vulnerable animals and how even a small donation can make such a huge difference to an animal’s life,” Ms Gallagher said.

“As much as I love animals I am really looking forward to being let out of the dog house and hopefully I can raise some money in the process.”

It costs the RSPCA approximately $30 to provide one day’s care for a healthy dog, and the RSPCA ACT hopes to raise $40,000 to assist in providing services to the Canberra community, which include the daily care of animals, veterinarian treatments and animal welfare inspectors.

RSPCA ACT CEO Michelle Robertson said the night is a fun, different and highly engaging way to get involved while raising much-needed funds for Canberra’s local shelter.

“Funds raised through this initiative will go toward the daily care required for unwanted, abused and neglected dogs at the Shelter,” Ms Robertson said.

“Some dogs that come into our shelter also require a series of medical treatments, which can become costly and poses additional financial challenges for us.

“The event will be successful if the teams participating not only smashed their fundraising targets but had heaps of fun and felt a sense of accomplishment having supported the vulnerable animals of Canberra in such a tangible way.”

In the Dog House

4 pm 22 March
RSPCA ACT, 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Weston ACT 2611

To find out more about the fundraising event and how you can take part, click here.

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