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Dandy Diamond Dogs
published in the Southern Courier 16 January 2007

Dogs rescued from the Animal Welfare League at Hoxton Park will be making their way to their new homes in style, thanks to two Randwick women.

Despina Rosales and Anneliese Helmy have teamed up to kit out the dogs with bandannas, which will be given as a housewarming gift to families who adopt the animals.

Ms Rosales said they planned to give the bandanas to a range of other animal organisations, including the RSPCA and Randwick Dog Rescue.

"We wanted to make a difference for our four-legged friends who were waiting to be adopted," Ms Helmy said. The Animal Welfare League can be contacted on 9606 9333.

Photo caption: Andrew from the Animal Welfare League with Toby (wearing leopard print) and Cuddles (in basic denim).

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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