Ted Simpson with Millie, the 500th animal to be adopted from the AWLQ Ipswich branch.
Ted Simpson with Millie, the 500th animal to be adopted from the AWLQ Ipswich branch.

Millie is a magic milestone

TWO months ago, Millie was a frail and hungry puppy found wandering the streets of Ipswich.

But today she is settling into a new home after she became the 500th animal to be adopted from the Animal Welfare League's Ipswich centre.

The eight-month-old bull arab cross was clearly thrilled this week when she met her new family, made up of Booval retirees Ted and Rose Simpson, their adult son Jon and chihuahua cross Penny.

Millie's new owner Mr Simpson said he was looking forward to having the company of an energetic big dog.

"We've had Penny for a couple of years, but I missed having bigger dogs," Mr Simpson said.

"We'd been thinking about adopting for a while, but yesterday we decided to come in and have a look around and today we came back with Penny so she could make the final decision."

Penny warmed to Millie, despite the fact the bigger dog towered over her.

Mr Simpson said Millie could look forward to being well-disciplined but loved in her new home.

"I used to be president of the dog obedience club in Bowen, and I took a couple of dogs to the Australian championships before I retired," he said. "I'll be her owner so I'll keep her in line, but my son loves patting the dogs and helping me out with them."

Mrs Simpson said Millie would complete the family.

"We used to have a bigger dog, but it passed away and I think Penny's been lonely lately," she said.

AWLQ Ipswich administration and volunteer co-ordinator Heidi Bradshaw said the 500th adoption milestone would be celebrated by centre volunteers and staff.

"It's fantastic, but so is every adoption," Ms Bradshaw said.

"When we got Millie in March she was very underweight and she was picked up as a wandering stray. She was put in foster care to put on weight and she's been in the adoption area for three weeks, so it's a great result."

 

READY TO ADOPT?

  • The AWLQ Ipswich rehoming centre has kittens, cats, dogs and puppies available.
  • To discuss adoption and view pets visit the centre at 6 Hooper St, West Ipswich. The centre opens from 10am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-5pm on weekends
  • Volunteer or give temporary foster care in your home, or donate food or goods. Phone 3202 4688 to find out more.


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