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									Community Engagement Unit
MR217/0609

Telephone 6207 6882 or 6205 0312
Wednesday 1 July 2009

DOG RESCUE SERVICE IMMORTALISED IN FLOWERS
A new floral bed containing 4800 pansies, recycled tyres, black mulch and sand was today unveiled on City Hill to highlight the valuable work done by a local dog rescue service. “The new flower display on City Hill spells out the words ‘DOG RESCUE’ to highlight the work done by ACT Rescue and Foster Inc (ARF),” said Scott Horan, Registrar, Domestic Animal Services. “The volunteer group has worked closely with Domestic Animal Services to rescue and re-home dogs in the ACT since 2001,” Mr Horan said. Martin Schwenke, President of ACT Rescue and Foster, said the City Hill flower bed display will help highlight the work the volunteer group does in Canberra and the surrounding region. “ACT Rescue and Foster is an association of people in and around Canberra who rescue dogs from death row in pounds and foster them temporarily in their own homes for as long as it takes to find them loving, permanent homes. “Since 2001 we have rescued and re-homed over 1700 dogs. Our aim is to save and improve the lives of dogs in the Canberra region, although our services do extend to some metropolitan and regional areas of Sydney,” Mr Schwenke said. The ACT Government is responsible for the upkeep of the City Hill and other flower beds around the region, including the design process and planting. The ACT Rescue and Foster flower bed will be in bloom for four months. “The DOG RESCUE message is part of our ongoing commitment to work together to educate the community about responsible pet ownership in the ACT, as well as finding loving homes for those dogs who need it the most,” Mr Horan said. For more information about adopting a dog in the ACT visit www.tams.act.gov.au and www.fosterdogs.org

Statement ends Media contact: Geoff Virtue, telephone 6205 0312 or 0418 961 806


								
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