Sleep out to save them

Sleep out to save them

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Animal Protection Society of WA volunteer Aimee Chiverton with Sheba. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Volunteers at a local dog refuge will swap their comfy beds for a concrete slab this weekend to raise money and awareness for the many paws in the shelter.

The Animal Protection Society of WA’s annual fundraiser will be held this Saturday night, and will see a total of 12 supervisors and three volunteers share a kennel for a night with a resident dog.

President Melanie Jackson said staff who worked in the dog section of the shelter came up with the idea about five years ago.

“Each participant asks their family, friends and work colleagues to sponsor them and last year we managed to raise over $10,000,” she said.

“We use the funds wherever they are most needed as there is always something required when you are caring for nearly 200 animals.”

Ms Jackson said the shelter had 24 kennels and most were usually full with dogs waiting for a second chance at life.

For more information or to donate to the fundraiser visit the APS website.

Staff and volunteers will share photographs and updates live from the kennels on Saturday night on the society’s Facebook page.