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Summer 2020
This newsletter is produced by volunteers. 4 Paws is a non-profit organisation providing refuge for homeless dogs and cats on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
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How a 'mini tornado' won Kate's heart

'Mini tornado' Maisie wasn't the sort of dog Kate ever wanted, but she was just what Kate needed.

4 Paws Secretary Kate Buckley has a passion - dogs! She knows from personal experience how a tiny, scrappy, difficult homeless animal can win your heart and transform your priorities and prejudices.

Kate, a teacher at Mountain Creek State School, has been adopting and fostering dogs with 4 Paws for a decade and took on the role of secretary just over a year ago.

Kate got her first 4 Paws adoption pet when she was drawn to a very anxious little face on the website. It was love at first sight. Misty was an elderly Fox Terrier with some health issues and Kate adored her.

After Misty died, 4 Paws President Julie Penlington mentioned she desperately needed a home for a 12-year-old Mini Fox Terrier that was difficult to place and Kate agreed to foster Maisie while Julie found her a permanent home.

Maisie had a mammary gland tumour and rotten teeth removed before coming to Kate, but she still had ongoing liver and kidney issues as well as serious behaviour issues. 

As a teacher, Kate was experienced dealing with difficult personalities and she was also an experienced dog owner. But nothing had prepared her for Mini Tornado Maisie.

Maisie was aggressive with other dogs and people. She had a very small circle of trust, just Kate, her husband Marc and a couple of relatives. ‘She adored us,’ Kate says, but no-one else.'

‘I never envisaged us having this sort of dog to manage. I thought, this is not what I signed up for, a tiny, ratty dog that barks at people. But then I realised that it was not about me just feeling good, it was about making a difference.’

‘Maisie made me think about why I was doing it. I get teary just thinking about her. She was such a special dog and with all her health problems she fought so hard.’

Kate says the vet called Maisie a wonder dog because initially they thought she’d only live a couple of years. ‘But we had her for six years. Having her was so rewarding and we were able to give her a great life, a life that she deserved.’

After Maisie died, Kate and Marc fostered another permanent resident, Suki, for a year until she died. Then they adopted Max, a Fox Terrier that had been surrendered because his family was moving to rental accomodation. 

‘Max is a delightful, quirky character. He drags his bed around to where he wants to be. When he plays, he tosses his bed on top of himself like a turtle and walks around.’

Currently keeping Max company is Spike, a 12-year-old Jack Russell Kate and Marc are fostering.

‘We’re doing what we always do with foster dogs, we fall in love with them! We didn’t really want a second dog. Max is such a great little dog who we can take anywhere. As long as he is with us (and his green ball) his life is complete! But Spike is a good dog too and they both get on very well. Marc says we can’t send Spike anywhere else because he’s so happy here.’

When a dog dies it’s so sad it’s tempting to say ‘I won’t get another one’, Kate says. ‘By looking after other dogs in need I’m honouring Maisie. I’m so glad I didn’t turn my back on her.’

Maisie changed me, Kate says. ’You can’t always get the dog you think you want.’

Kate says being a 4 Paws volunteer is incredibly rewarding. ‘It’s so special to know you’ve contributed positively to the life of another being.’

‘To people thinking of volunteering I say do whatever you can, even if it’s small, every bit helps.’

Clockwise from top left: Misty; Kate, Spike and Max; 'wonder dog' Maisie; Max with his ball.

Foster Me Forever!

Ray Ray: 9 years, male Terrier X
Being in the pound was a scary time for Ray but thanks to a wonderful foster family, he has regained his confidence. We now need a loving permanent carer on the Sunshine Coast to give Ray a peaceful home (no children) for the rest of his life. Because Ray is a 4 Paws Permanent Resident, there is no adoption fee and we will cover all his vet expenses. Ray is a super-smart, cheeky chap who loves cuddles and will be your best friend if you let him. He would do well living with another calm dog. Please contact us if you'd like to meet Ray.

To support the work of 4 Paws, click on the red Donate button below
to take you to our 4 Paws donation page. 

Sponsor me!

Spike: 12 years, male Jack Russell
This adorable chap is fostered by Kate and Marc Buckley who are featured in our main story! He has health issues including arthritis, a sensitive stomach and anxiety. His conditions mean he is now a 4 Paws Permanent Resident and will have his medical expenses met for the rest of his life.
 monthly sponsorship requirement is $50.
contact us if you'd like to sponsor him. 
To learn more about sponsoring a Permanent Resident click here.

Meet a 4 Paws volunteer

Maroochydore Bunnings: 4 Paws volunteers who sizzle! Beverley Kelley is third from the left.
4 Paws Tales regularly interviews the wonderful people and organisations that help 4 Paws do its important work. This issue we focus on Sausage Sizzle Convenor Beverley Kelley, a volunteer, who's commitment to raising funds and public awareness for 4 Paws makes her a valued member of our team.
Beverley Kelley: Animal lover and 4 Paws Sausage Sizzle Convenor
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have a Shih Tzu rescue dog called Honey Bunny. I was her foster mum, but after two weeks I fell in love with her and could not let her go, so I adopted her. This was almost three years ago. Everyone loves the Princess!!!
Q: How did you become the Sausage Sizzle Convenor?
A: I volunteered at the Sausage Sizzle at Dan Murphy’s first, then at the Bunnings Caloundra Sausage Sizzle for about 2 years before I was asked to be the roster coordinator for the sausage sizzles. We have a great team of volunteers who work together well and are happy people. Many of them are foster careers for dogs too old to be adopted.
Q: What’s the best thing about volunteering?
A: The best thing about being a volunteer on the sausage sizzles is that every sausage and drink we sell goes to providing vet care for rescue pets. Also, people come up with their dogs and start a conversation - many of them have adopted dogs from us, so it's lovely to see how happily these dogs have adjusted to their new families.
Beverley Kelley with Princess Honey Bunny.

Pets available for adoption

Click on the photo of a pet below to read more about them on the 4 Paws website adoption process page. To see other pets available for adoption click here to go to our website. Navigate to the pages for cat and dog adoptions. To adopt a pet, you need to complete an adoption application. This helps us ensure that you and the pet you have chosen are a good match.
CARLOS: 4 yrs, male
Like The Fonze, this cool, handsome cat is no lap cat - whoooh - but he loves pats and being groomed - Heeeyyy. Active and playful, Carlos needs a home with older children who will play with him and give him the attention he deserves. Carlos enjoys sunning himself so an enclosed outdoor garden run would be perfect.
Adoption fee: $140
Donna, 3 yrs/4.5kg (left), & Prancer, 7mths/3kg, mother and daughter, Terrier X
This adorable, friendly duo must be rehomed together. They are full of energy and fun, so previous terrier experience and very secure fencing is essential. They love human company and are best suited to a home without small children.
Adoption fee: $795 for both.
Dexter: 3 yrs, male
'Fun' is Dexter's middle name. This energetic boy likes to play, so a family with older children would appreciate his adventurous nature. He is also super intelligent and can sit on command. Dexter needs to be an indoor cat but he'd love an external cat enclosure connected to your house.
Adoption fee: $140
Laddie & Daisy, 10 yrs, brother and sister Maltese X
These sweeties are best friends and need to be adopted together. Laddie (right) knows basic commands and loves to chase balls. Daisy is a snuggle pot and very affectionate. Both are house trained. They enjoy their daily walks and play well with other dogs. They come from a loving home would like to sleep on your bed at night. Best suited to a family without small children, cats or chickens.
Adoption fee: $795
Adoption Tally 2019
Pets adopted in 2019: Dogs: 34; Cats: 8
Pets currently in the care of 4 Paws: Dogs: 76; Cats: 46

Save that date!

4 Paws Sausage Sizzle
Caloundra Bunnings
1st Wednesday of each month

Kawana Bunnings
16th February (Sunday)
14th March (Saturday)

Easter Stall
BMWCA Hall Buderim
Saturday 11th April

Kawana Stall
19th & 20th May
23rd & 24th June
21st & 22nd July

Our volunteers and supporters rock!

4 Paws exists to give homeless dogs and cats a second chance at life with a loving family. We are a fully volunteer-run organisation and could not do what we do without the dedication and commitment of our fabulous foster carers, stall and sausage sizzle workers, cattery and Carmichael House helpers, and other wonderful volunteers. Our generous donors and sponsors provide vital funds for vet care for animals that come into our care. And we are forever grateful of the support of Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery and Sunshine Coast Council, helping us in our very worthwhile work with rescue animals.
- Julie Penlington, 4 Paws President
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