Rehoming group highly successful

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An Invercargill animal rehoming agency has been rehoming canines from the Gore pound for four years – and it has a 100% success rate.

Furever Homes founder Donna Keil said the organisation received “quite a few dogs” from the Gore pound.

There was no specific breed type rehomed from the Gore pound. Furever Homes had any breed, from Chihuahuas to mastiffs, Mrs Keil said. There were also a selection of mixed breeds.

“Gore District Council has been working with Furever Homes for five years. Their rehome rate is 100% and every dog rehomed has found a forever home,” Mrs Keil said.

“The success rate of rehoming is very, very high.”

Even old dogs found good homes, she said.

“It can be anything.”

The only dogs that Furever Homes did not take were those involved in an attack and those ordered to be put down, she said.

The organisation has had 10,000 animals through its doors since it started.

Mrs Keil decided to open the animal shelter because there was a need.

Furever Homes rehomes about 2000 animals a year, mostly dogs and kittens, but also helps every other animal in need, too.

“We work with Southland District, Gore, Queenstown, Timaru, [and] Kaikoura councils; we have a branch of Forever Homes in Nelson and we work with Saving Hope in Auckland, One by One in Dunedin and Bullbreed Rescue and Second Chance rescue in Christchurch.”

Furever Homes volunteer Mikayla Butt picked up a staffy-cross on Friday from the Gore pound to rehome it.

Gore District Council regulatory and planning general manager Ian Davidson-Watts said a lot of dogs that ended up at the pound were abandoned or mistreated.

It was good to think they might end up with a good home through the endeavours of Furever Homes.

Dr Davidson-Watts paid tribute to the operation, saying it was an asset.

“We think they’re amazing.”

“I don’t know what we would do without [Furever Homes],” he said.

Dogs were kept at the pound for seven days before a decision was made about their future.

The owner could claim the dog within the seven days, he said.