This good news in from the RSPCA:
700 days, 1500 meals, 1100 walks, 1 dog
CEO of RSPCA ACT Michael Linke today proudly announced that Mishka, a tan wolfhound that first came to the animal shelter in Weston in December 2009 will be going home today at 11.00am.
“It’s been a long and tough road for Mishka, but a road that today ends with a home, a home living on 200 acres in western NSW where he can stretch his legs and run and jump, two of his favourite things.
“Mishka first came to the RSPCA through the inspectors. He was originally only supposed to be in care for a short period of time as his owner underwent treatment for chronic disease and our Pet Support program had space to support Mishka for a month or so. Sadly Mishka’s owner died during this time and RSPCA was asked to find Mishka a new home.
Being a wirehaired wolfhound Mishka was going to be a tough dog to find a home for.
Michael explains “He is a big boy. He can easily stand on his hind legs with his fore paws on my shoulders. He can jump eight, ten foot fences with a single bound. So we knew we were looking for a special family with a back yard, or property that could both afford Mishka security, and also allow him to exhibit his natural behaviours. He loves to chase, he loves to run and he loves the company of people and we have been able to find a home for him. It’s taken 700 days, but we know that each and every one of those days we gave Mishka the best chance at finding a home and we never, ever gave up on him. This success is what RSPCA ACT is about. We are absolutely committed to animal welfare, we are absolutely committed to saving lives and Mishka will forever remind us of that.”
Mishka is the 36346th animal we have found a new home for since we started using computerised records in 1995. On average we find new homes for 2200 animals per year.