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Decline in walkers and increase in adoptions

Mareeba Animal Refuge Manager Jennifer Walsh is excited to see more animals being adopted but is still in need of dog walkers

The Mareeba Animal Refuge has seen a significant decline in the number of rescues in their care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The refuge currently hosted a highly reduced number of rescues stating that they currently have a fifth of what they normally have.

Even with the reduced number of animals the refuge still requires walkers for their dogs and are currently only seeing one volunteer at the most per day, a decline from their previous three to four walkers per day.

Mareeba Animal Refuge Manager Jennifer Walsh is happy to see more animals finding homes but is appealing for more dog walkers.

“There is an increase in adoptions because people would like some company at home while isolated,” she said.

“It’s good to see but we still need dog walkers.

“The more walkers we have per day the longer walks the dogs can have and it makes them so happy.”

Applying to be a walker is easy, all you have to do is come to the refuge in the early morning and ask to walk a dog, and you’ll be given a four legged friend to take for a walk.

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