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4 March, 2021

Hot rods and helping hounds

THE region’s sexiest show cars will line up this Saturday with a mission to help raise money to save seven heart worm positive hounds.

By Nicole Gibson

Kirsty Green and Sara Henderson with Axel PHOTO: Peter McCullagh

The cars will feature as part of Born Free Animal Rescue FNQ’s monster garage sale and raffle tomorrow from 8am-3pm at Endrust Cairns.

The group, who care for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens throughout Far North Queensland, are raising funds to cover medical costs for seven homeless dogs they recently rescued from Thursday Island.

“The seven dogs that flew down, most of them are heartworm positive,” said Born Free Animal Rescue coordinator Kirsty Green.

“One had a bad infection in her uterus, another had eyelashes growing inward and another one had an infection in his spine and his vet bill alone is $3000.”

Endrust Cairns have donated their premises for the event which includes the garage sale, raffle, and a barbeque with Fat Bastards Car Club bringing their show cars for public viewing.

Local business Fenglehorn Sauces, famous for their chilli sauce, have also donated a years-worth of sauces meaning entry into the raffle does not come without its perils.

“What we’re going to do is get people to try the sauce when they get a barbeque sausage and that’s their entry into the raffle,” Ms Green said.

“We’re going to take some photos and just see some really good reactions from people eating something very hot.”

Ms Green said support for the event was overwhelming.

“The community has just stepped up and gone above and beyond,” she said.

“Every day I come home and my carport is just overflowing with really great prizes that have been donated.”

In addition to the fundraising the group are also seeking new foster carers due to an increase in animal surrenders.

“We do not have enough foster carers,” she said. “Generally, at our adoption days we sign up a few new foster carers because they see the work that we do.”

“They can’t own permanently but they might be able to provide a temporary home for a month or two or even just emergency foster caring as well, just to save an animal from being surrendered to the pound.”

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can chat to the team on site tomorrow and for more information about the monster raffle visit Born Free Animal Rescue FNQ’s Facebook page.

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