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Diamond has just recently arrived into us, more information coming soon.
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Banjo is a 2yo female Collie that has recently arrived in. More information coming soon.
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Just arrived in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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Oliver is a recent arrival and is currently under assessment. He has an old injury to his left hind leg which appears to have been left to heal naturally, meaning he now walks with a limp. It doesn’t seem to bother him at all though.
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Meet me, OREO! I'm a hopping, bopping, bouncing hurricane of FUN, FUN, FUN!!! I'm a Springer Spaniel girl, only around two years old and if you are familiar with my breed, you know we can't sit still for too long! Nope, there is always something exciting to sniff....delicious smells everywhere and I love SPRINGING (d'ya like my pun?!) about the place like a child at Christmas who had all the fizzy drinks! :D My tail goes whoosh, whoosh, whoosh so quickly....you won't even see it! I am also a very loving girl you should know. I just look into the humans eyes and their hearts melt. I just have that hypnotizing effect. And once I get plenty of activity everyday, I will happily snuggle up on the couch with you to watch the latest shows on Netflix. How does that sound?? I like other dogs but I can be a bit shy at first but I think I could live with a nice one who loves walkies like me. I am looking for a family of my very own to shower with affection everyday. You will need to be an active sort. I would make a super hiking partner if you are into that sort of thing! Other than that, my needs are simple...a secure garden, not to be left on my own all day and a home where I sleep indoors and where I am treated as a family member. So come on, meet me...be ready to be charmed!
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Recently arrived in from the pound, more information coming soon.
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Recently arrived in from the pound, more information coming soon.
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Recently arrived in from the pound, more information coming soon.
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I'd like to formally introduce myself to you all. My name is Mindy and I'm a newbie here. I'm only around a year old. Aren't I pretty?! Now the humans have had debates as to what breed I am but they think I may be an Irish (red) Setter crossed with a spaniel of sorts but there is one thing they are definitely sure of.....and that's that I am definitely a girl designed for working!!!! Yep, life is for living to the absolute max and not sitting around watching endless shows on Netflix. That's my opinion anyway! I am all legs and bounce so it is possible I may have just been "too much dog" for my previous owners. I am a strong girl so you will need to get me a good harness and help me how to slow down a little so you slow coach humans can keep up with me! Once we've had our fun hike, you will be left in no doubt that I am an absolute sweetheart who is affectionate and kind.....when I'm done zooming around that is! I will need a secure garden and an active lifestyle plus some fun humans so if that sounds like you, you know what to do....fill out the questionnaire and make sure you type my name, don't forget it, it's Mindy!
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A gentle, shy Collie girl who would not do well in a busy, noisy house. She may struggle in an urban environment with too much traffic or hustle & bustle as she is definitely a country girl at heart.
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Lovely, happy and gentle girl, Mel, has recently arrived into us from the pound. She is terribly thin but she is a super friendly girl and she has great fun having gallops in the pen!
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* Direct from Home Adoption * Bella’s owner has moved to Australia and sadly wasn’t in a position to bring Bella. Her Mum is currently looking after Bella but works very long hours and doesn’t feel it is fair to Bella so she is looking for a new home. She is an easy going lady who is not territorial and they said not too energetic either! She has lived with large and small dogs (Terrier.). Her owner in Oz sent us the following description... “Bella's the sweetest dog on the planet, never makes a fuss (except about cats!) I feel like she would thrive with a family with older kids, or an elderly person who may want company, she loves company. Bella is about 9 years old and is housetrained, very easy to walk, no pulling. Doesn't mind other dogs, never barks unless she wants to come in, has manners, gives hugs and paws, she's a beautiful loyal girl and it's with reluctance that we have to find her forever home.”
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* Direct from Home Adoption * Here is some of what Rhubarb’s current owner had to say about her... “Rhubarb (Previously known as Pop in Madra) is a four year old Black Labrador, Collie crossbreed. She is 60cm(2ft) in height and 21Kg(46.3lbs) in weight. Is very friendly and likes to be around humans and other dogs.She’ll lick a stranger if they let her. She adores being part of the pack and does not like being left alone. She needs to be in an active house, or if possible doggy daycare. She gets on very well with other dogs and is playful. She also loves football, I mean she loves football, a lot! Rhubarb has a high energy level and is very strong. So she would suit owners that are fit and able to handle her strength. She requires two walks a day, Morning and Evening. However due to energy levels, a dog run, where she can race freely is required at least two, three times a week. People who jog 2km, 5km, 10km and have a high fitness level will enjoy the company of this dog. An enclosed fenced in dog run, or well chosen public location, beach, designated dog park etc. that is not near a road or livestock would also suit a sprint session. It’s important not to let her off the leash when other people are around these areas as she is an extremely fast racer. Therefore early morning off leash, is most suitable for this type of exercise with no one around. However, once Rhubarb has released this high energy, 20-30mins or so. She is very relaxed for the rest of the day and will snooze or chill in the house, dog pen etc. Some negatives - Rhubarb is not suitable to be around young children or the very elderly unsupervised as she is excitable. But once held under control on a leash she is very friendly and enjoys licking peoples hands, giving paw, and sitting for treats. A family with older children/teens would be more suitable. Or a household with another dog that has a calm temperament to keep her company and chilled out. No cats for Rhubarb either!! Rhubarb has become accustomed to indoor comforts, sleeping indoors and always being around a person, people. When put outside for an hour or two, early morning/evening in her pen she can bark for attention to be let back in, unfortunately her bark is quite loud. She is also an anxious dog and does not like loud noises. Particularly the sound of hammers or other DIY machines, which she may have had a bad experience of when a young pup. The hoover is an issue too. But with a good trainer these issues could be resolved. Place her outside in pen if using the hoover. Overall, Rhubarb is a special dog to have around and will enhance the wellbeing of those around her. She is fun, loving, playful, and will keep you fit.”
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Patty is a total sweetheart who loves cuddles. She was brought in by the warden and hasn’t been reclaimed so she is now available for adoption.
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Our Goldie is fed up of kennel life. He is a two year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix. :) He charmed everyone he met at our Adoption Day but he's still searching for his special human. He really loves to play outside almost as much as he would like to hang out with you on a couch. Goldie is a very, very clever chap and he responds really well to clicker training. He loves his toys and one of his favourite treats is a peanut butter filled Kong. He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. Goldie is a really sweet lad who needs a patient and understanding person to allow him the time he needs to get comfortable in a new home. He would love a home where someone will help him with his training as he can get over-excited at times and a bit nippy as a result of his enthusiasm... but this is something we can help a potential adopter work on with him and trust us, his endless love is worth the wait. Once he finds that, we know he will make the greatest companion! Photos by Tracy Kirby
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* Update - Laura is coming on in leaps & bounds and is now taking short walks on lead. She would suit a quiet house with another dog for company and a secure garden. * Laura really needs your help. She is a bit overwhelmed by the pound and now our kennels and she would do so much better in a home environment where she could relax a wee bit more. She doesn't walk on lead yet though but once someone has the time & patience she will learn quickly. She is still very shy so she needs a home with a secure garden and possibly another steady dog to give her confidence. She is only about 3 years old and we just know she will turn into a super faithful friend once she is in the right environment.
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A typical lovely older hound who is not large and seems to be a groovy, easy girl.
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* Direct from Home Adoption * This is what Bear’s owner had to say about him.... “Bear is a beautiful 5 year old male German Shepherd. He is neutered and has his registration papers. Bear lived with my mom until she moved house 3 years ago, when he temporarily came to live with us. Changes in my mothers circumstances meant she was unable to take him back so Bear ended up staying! He immediately got on very well with our other dog, they love to play together. When our daughter was born 2 years ago, Bear took his role of protecting the family very seriously. At times, he is not impressed when visitors come to the house and pulls at the backs of their trousers. We feel that we are not able to give Bear the time, attention and training that he needs, particularly with a toddler in tow! Bear is very affectionate and loyal- he loves a cuddle, in fact he will often end up lying on your knee! Bear would do well in a loving home, with a secure garden, without children. He does get on well with our dog so I think he would like a companion. He's not so sure about cats though! Bear isn't fond of the car, but enjoys going for walks when he feels secure and confident in his surroundings.”
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* Booked * My name is Lucy and I am a happy, A+ snuggly little Pomeranian lady. Are you already in love? Tonight humans, I must say, I feel very sorry for the MADRA rehoming team. You see, I am in need of a spectacular home.....and I hear that the internet is the way to go in regards to finding one. Now, seeing as I am an utter SWEETHEART and I've got cuteness coming out my ears, I hope and suspect that there will be a lot of interest in me......which may result in many late nights for the rehoming team as they go through endless amounts of Adoption Questionnaires for me to find a million star home for me! Well a girl can dream, right? I had four babies and let me tell you, they were the most adorable little fluffmuffins you have ever seen. They took after their pretty mummy everyone said. Not surprisingly they've all landed on their floofy little paws and now it's time for Mama to find a home of her own too. Luckily for me, I went into a foster home so I didn't have to raise my little ones in the shelter.....shout out to my foster mum, words can't express the gratitude and love I feel for her. She was there from the start with my babies and helped me get them prepared for the world so we have an unmistakable bond for life. Now about me: I am REALLY good natured, like I just love EVERYONE! I am very particular about finding someone who has a nice, welcoming lap for me to plonk my fluffy bum on regularly throughout the day! My foster mum has helped me with my house-training so you can thank her for that. Now, I absolutely love other dogs but truth be told....I LOVE being the star!!!!! I will insist on being the focus of all attention going, cos if there is a petting going, I want all hands in my direction! I love humans so I wouldn't like to go to a home where I would be left all on my lonesome for ages every day cos that would be boring. I hope your heart is beating faster for me....so hurry up now and get your Adoption Questionnaires in for me quick (no bribes accepted! :)
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Another shy Collie girl, very small in size. Can only go into a rehab home at the moment with someone who is skilled and has the time for her. Preferably another steady dog and secure garden too.
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