Walkies go wanting

Kym McDowell with the happily walked Nahla.

DOGS needing walks are being sought in the inner city suburbs. 

Pets of Older Persons is a not-for-profit whose volunteers help people who have trouble looking after their pets, so they don’t have to give up their animals due to poor health, disability or age.

Walking dogs for people who can’t easily get around is a big part of POOPs’ service but it’s been years since they’ve had anyone reach out for help.

Kym McDowell is a coordinator and volunteer dog walker and tells us: 

“I have been volunteering with POOPs since 2013 and used to walk a dog in Baldivis when I lived down that way. 

“Since I moved to West Perth near Beatty Park just over two years ago I haven’t been able to find a dog in my area to walk.

“Maybe it’s the demographics in Perth and Vincent but there is zero clients in this area and it has been that way for some time. We definitely have plenty of volunteers in this area though.”

Some volunteers in the Vincent and Perth areas drive out to reach pets in Morley, Innaloo or Menora, but Ms McDowell gets everywhere on foot or on a bike so is hoping some of our nearby readers have pooches in need of a stroll.

“I think I’m destined to gaze longingly at Hyde Park puppers until an elderly client discovers us and needs our support. Fingers crossed for a greyhound! They are my favourite.”

If you have a dog (or other pet) get in touch with POOPs via poopswa.org.au or on 1300 1100 92.

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