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Enterprise's canine cause

ENTERPRISE Motor Group has committed to donating $600,000 over the next five years as the major sponsor of the Fred Lewis Enterprise Foundation for a programme to desex female and dangerous dogs in Gisborne/Wairoa.

Mr Lewis said this funding would be fully allocated to the desexing project.

Administration and management would be voluntary.

The foundation was set up last year to help desex female and dangerous dogs.

Enterprise Motor Group has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to sporting and community projects in the district.

While this will continue, Mr Lewis is also backing this new venture to help dogs in the community.

The Enterprise Foundation hopes the initiative will be taken up by businesses in other districts.

The programme provides a free service for owners who cannot afford to desex their dogs.

In partnership with Care Vets, there will be the capability to desex up to 60 females a month.

The foundation will fund applications from people in financial hardship, Gold Card holders and Community Service Card holders.

It will work closely with local entities striving to help dogs, such as Gisborne District Council, Mutts and Moggies, Gisborne SPCA and the Canine Company.

“The initial goal is to reduce the overpopulation of reproductive female and dangerous dogs in the district by way of desexing them, rather than the current situation in which hundreds of healthy but unwanted dogs and puppies are at risk of being destroyed,” Mr Lewis said.

“Due to financial problems, some owners of female dogs cannot cope with continual puppies and finding good homes for them.

“Rescue centres are full of unwanted dogs and puppies. All are desperately deserving of a new home.

“Every day unwanted healthy dogs and puppies are destroyed simply because there are not enough homes to go around.

“One female dog can have 10 or more litters, producing a possible average of five pups per litter. That equates to 50 more dogs.

“A male with 10 females can produce the same number, however, if the females are desexed then numbers will reduce significantly and quickly.

“Desexing your female dog if you are not breeding puppies is a positive decision to protect your family dog from wandering and breeding unwanted puppies, and will improve the overall welfare of the dog population in the Gisborne-Wairoa district.

“We believe that in five years time the dog situation here will be under control, with dog owners better able to manage the welfare of their dogs.

“When the volume of dogs receiving the service reduces, Enterprise will move to include other pets such as female cats.”

Dog owner Fred Lewis is funding a major programme to desex female and dangerous dogs in the Gisborne and Wairoa districts. Picture supplied