SMART build new isolation area

Rescue dogs Twix, Bounty, and Skinny Minny are looking for a home.

The Snowy Mountains Animal Rescue Team is expanding their Wagga premises, with a new isolation area for dogs they have rescued from the area’s pounds.

The isolation area is for dogs that have newly arrived at the centre, to ensure the safety of their other animals.

“We keep them isolated for ten days so that we can make sure there’s nothing wrong with them,” said SMART founder Lorene Cross.

The organisation has forty to fifty dogs at any one time, saved from regional pounds across the Southern Highlands.

Ms Cross said it’s a common misconception that SMART are the recipients of government or RSPCA funding, when in fact their work is completely funded off their own bat.

“We don’t get government funding – but we still get big vet bills!” Ms Cross said.

“We’re completely not for profit.”

SMART team members Colin Harrison, Lorene Cross, Eden Harrison, and Lisa Loadsmane.

Tumut residents can catch them at the weekly Lions markets at the Railway Precinct on Saturday morning, where their adorable charges win local hearts every week.

“We rehome one or two each time we’ve been,” she said.

“We always needs new foster carers, and food donations are also great.”

This Saturday their team included Twix, Bounty, and Skinny Minny (pictured), Jack Russell cross Jess, and big girl Polly.

The SMART crew have been going to the markets since last year, and the organisation has been running since 2003.

They have no time limit on their animals, so each one stays at their facility until a suitable home is found.