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SAFE Newman: Fostering love for homeless pets

If you’re a lover of four legged furry friends, then you probably should check out SAFE Newman.

SAFE, which stands for Saving Animals from Euthanasia, is all about using innovative foster care models to save homeless pets. SAFE was founded in Karratha in 2003 and since its inception over 23,000 healthy, animals have been saved and adopted to new homes in WA and across the country.

Here in Newman, Rosana Stojic heads up the branch, with Joanne McGowan as Branch and Dog Coordinator, Tania Tucker as Cat Coordinator and Samantha Schmidt as Web Team Coordinator. Together, the team of dedicated volunteers work to ensure that animals in Newman are loved and looked after, rehoming lost or abandoned animals and pairing them up with loving families looking for their paw-fect match!

Even through the COVID-19 health pandemic, they’ve been linking families up with pets to ensure everyone – both pets and people – have someone to love and look after, through the lockdown restrictions and beyond.

Catherine Bryant, saw a picture of Spider on the SAFE website and knew in her heart he was the one. Luckily, she managed to get to Perth just in time before the lockdown restrictions to pick him up.

“Initially, they didn’t want to put photos of him up as he was recovering from ringworm and had no whiskers – they’d all been burnt off, but he’s been well treated and recovering well. I can honestly say he’s been a dream and our 16-month-old girl loves him. He just loves people. This has been such a positive experience with SAFE and I have recommended them to everyone we know!”

Cat coordinator, Tania Tucker, says it’s not all about dogs either. “As one of the SAFE volunteers in Newman we often receive calls for kitten rescue. Little Ming was found on the side of the road after nearly being run over by a car. After a good clean up and a warm bottle of milk Ming snuggled up and fell asleep.” But it wasn’t long before Tania learned that Ming was completely blind and had been from birth. “We were very shocked as Ming ran around the house with the other kittens, used the litter tray and meowed at the fridge for food. Ming was advertised on the Safe website and two days later a lady who lived in Newman and had previously owned a blind cat saw Ming and promptly fell in love with her.” Ming has since been adopted with her playmate Cocoa.

For more information about SAFE, how you can get involved as a volunteer or to explore adoption for you or your family, check out their details below.

SAFE Newman Facebook group

Newman Branch contacts

  • Rosana Stojic – Newman Branch Manager
    0478 297 627
  • Jo McGowan – Newman Branch & Dog Coordinator
    0409 945 676
  • Tania Tucker – Newman Cat Coordinator
    0448 321 364