Finally in 2006 I started Best Friends Animal Rescue, Inc. My mother got a year’s visa and came to Perth to help me. I bought a house on 5 acres with a large living area, a bit run down, but we didn’t care as long as we had somewhere that we could look after the homeless dogs. I had 14 dogs at the time, but it was a very quiet, peaceful house and the dogs knew that they were cared for. My mother just loved it and was so pleased with the changes I could make to an animal’s life. My mother came again for another year, and I couldn’t have done it without her. When she went back to England she was always talking about the dogs.
Now Best Friends Animal Rescue also has a network of volunteers who foster even more dogs, providing a loving and safe place until a suitable permanent home is found.
So far Best Friends Animal Rescue have re-homed over 800 dogs, mostly the older dogs that are the most difficult to find a new forever home. As many of our dogs come with specific dietary requirements or allergies, all meals are prepared on premises using only fresh meat and vegetables. Our new building, Old Friends Senior and Special Needs Dog Sanctuary, is the culmination of a dream to set up a facility for rescue and rehabilitation of elderly and ailing dogs in Perth, WA.