This year, we’re asking you to support our Winter Appeal by sharing the real story of a dog named Scout who was surrendered to GAWS in January. Six months later – and with lots of love and care along the way – life looks very different for this sweet senior Staffy!
"My name’s Scout.
I’m a 10-year-old Staffy mix and I’ve just moved in with a new family here in Geelong. They have made me feel right at home – I get lots of treats and I love nothing better than napping in my bed in their walk-in wardrobe!
My life has changed a lot in the last few months. Earlier this year, my mum got very sick and couldn’t look after me like she used to. Even my cuddles didn’t seem to be helping like they normally did. I didn’t know what was going on, but something wasn’t right.
One day, my mum just wasn’t there anymore, and my aunty was really sad all the time. I heard her on the phone talking about how she had no choice but to take me to some place that sounded like ‘paws’. “Wait a minute,” I thought, “I already have paws!”
It turned out it was actually called GAWS – that stands for Geelong Animal Welfare Society. My aunty packed up my favourite toys and put me in the car. I didn’t know it then but boy, was I in for a big adventure! Look out for my upcoming emails to find out more about my time at GAWS, and how I ended up with my new family."
Help dogs like Scout
You can help dogs like Scout by donating to the GAWS Winter Appeal. Money raised will go towards care and essentials for the thousands of animals who come to GAWS each year, so they too can look forward to a happier, healthier future.
Read Part 2
Did you know the second part of Scout's story has just been published? Catch up here.
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