CASH INJECTION: Spotted Dog Tavern owner Stephen
CASH INJECTION: Spotted Dog Tavern owner Stephen "Pato" Paterson with Alison Esposito from Red Collar Rescue. Contributed

Community rallies for dogs after theft

THE generosity of Bundy residents has gifted a charity organisation money to help pay for surgery for homeless dogs.

Red Collar Rescue, a local charity that works tirelessly to rehome dogs from the pound, was recently handed the funds raised from charity tins and coffee sales at the Spotted Dog Tavern, totalling $871.

"We feel so grateful to have such wonderful support in our community,” Red Collar volunteer Alison Esposito said.

"A huge thank you goes out to the team at the Spotted Dog Tavern for their incredible efforts to raise funds for us in the month of July.”

"With two of our dogs potentially needing surgery, we couldn't be more grateful.”

The fundraising efforts by Spotted Dog Tavern owner Stephen "Pato” Paterson, his staff and the community were momentarily thwarted when a brazen thief stole up to $200 from the charity tins a few weeks ago.

"It was a real blow to both the business and the charity to lose such hard-earned funds,” Ms Esposito said.

But from adversity sprung a real sense of community spirit.

”From the time the public found out about the story, donations and coffee sales increased dramatically,” Ms Esposito said.

"An extremely generous patron popped a $50 bill into the tin just because they cared.”

"Something that the public don't often realise is that when RCR saves a dog form the pound, they are committed to that dog for however long it take to find a forever home,” she said.

"So if they need surgery it is done, if they need to be transported to Brisbane, it is done and they will be fed, vaccinated, provided preventative mediation and anything else needed while they wait for their new home.”

"Rescue is a costly business, but it is all worthwhile when you see over 2000 unwanted dogs find new loving homes.”

Pato said people's generosity had been "amazing”.

"Being the Spotted Dog Tavern, we have an affection for the animals and always love to help out where we can.”

This month, the Spotted Dog will be raising funds for the RSPCA, including $2 from every purchase from the coffee booth on Fridays.

There will also be donation tins around the venue.

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