QUEENSLAND pooches saved from death row have become pin-ups for the group that saved them
Stella is one of 18 lucky pups to feature in the 2018 Queensland Staffy and Amstaff Rescue (QSAR) fundraising calendar.
At eight weeks old and weighing just over 1kg, Stella was saved from being drowned.
Now five months and 3.8kg, the pint-sized puppy suffers neurological problems but is slowly recovering.
She is part of a select group featuring in the calendar, photographed by Brisbane’s Zoo Photography.
All proceeds will help pay vet bills, food and supplies for foster dogs, and rehabilitation and training for dogs with anxiety and special needs.
QSAR president Andrea Miszczuk said Stella’s survival had been in doubt.
“With love and proper medical attention she is improving every day,” Ms Miszczuk said. “Stella relies on donations. Profits from projects like our calendar help with ongoing medical needs and tests.”
Ms Miszczuk said this year’s introduction of the State Government’s strict dog breeder regulations meant even backyard breeders needed to have a licence, which had led to more pregnant staffies being dumped.
“We have had three pregnant dogs in the last three months,” she said.
Teela came to QSAR after being surrendered in Bundaberg at eight weeks. She has a cleft lip and was failing to thrive.
Ms Miszczuk said the owner had advised she was not the breed of dog they were told they were buying.
Malnourished and flea-ridden, even emaciated and heavily pregnant dogs are taken into QSAR care on a regular basis.
Ms Miszczuk said Annie was dumped at the Logan City Council pound and needed rescuing immediately.
“Annie gave birth to eight puppies after being taken into foster care,” she said. “She is now regaining trust in humans and is safe and happy with her foster carer. Her pups are also growing nicely and becoming beautiful little dogs.”
Calendars go on pre-sale from October 1 for $20. Go to qldstaffyandamstaffrescue.org.au
Originally published as Pin-up pooches pose for rescuers