New look, new direction for pet rescue

HELPING FURRY FRIENDS: Caboolture and District Animal Welfare Incorporated volunteers Bethany Sneesby, Barb Baroska and operations manager Peta Koopmans with Rosco and Bella.
HELPING FURRY FRIENDS: Caboolture and District Animal Welfare Incorporated volunteers Bethany Sneesby, Barb Baroska and operations manager Peta Koopmans with Rosco and Bella. Luke Simmonds

IT'S stories like Bella's that make Caboolture and District Animal Welfare's work so important.

The staffy has just been handed over to operations manager Peta Koopmans halfway through her pregnancy, along with dad, Rosco.

Peta said their owner hadn't had them desexed and knew he couldn't take care of the litter that was on its way.

"The guy who surrendered these babies today was in tears; your heart breaks and you want to cry too,” she said.

"But we're not here to judge why they're getting rid of their animal; we just want to provide a good home and healthy life.

"I said to him 'just contact me if you need to know anything about the babies and then keep an eye on Facebook because we'll put their progress up'.”

The Facebook page is all a part of a new look for the store which has moved from its home of 26 years along Armstrong Way to 1-19 King St.

Peta is using her experience working for the RSPCA as the store's first paid employee to grow the non-for-profit into the 21st century.

"When I first moved her 10 months ago, I went to Narangba Vets and asked where I can volunteer, so I've been a foster carer for them until this job came up and I'm so excited about what we can achieve,” Peta said.

"I'm going to do my best to make a difference; and that's through desexing; that's through microchipping and supporting people for whatever reason they have to hand over their cat or dog.”

Peta is always looking for foster carers and adoptees, and the new and improved op shop, which supports the medical bills, officially opens tomorrow at 11am.

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