Manukau Courier : February 10th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, February 10, 2011 Discover the world while you work Get the skills and experience you need for a job in the Travel and Tourism industry by studying at MIT. Apply now for February 2011. 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz/tourism 7664 MIT000133 C Dimitri needs a home By TROELS SOMMERVILLE Looking for love: Long-term SPCA dweller Dimitri, pictured with canine attendant Erica Lombard, hopes to finally find his 'forever home' during this weekend's Second Chance for Love adopt-athon at the Animal Village in Mangere. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE DESPERATE Dimitri has tried everything in his search for love. He has taken out ads in the newspapers, created his own Facebook page and even resorted to begging in his -- so far -- fruitless quest. But the long wait could be over for the three-year-old German shepherd-Ridgeback cross as his Second Chance for Love rolls around. The third annual adopt-athon is on at the SPCA's Auckland Animal Village in Mangere this weekend - just ahead of Valentine's Day. The adoption drive aims to unite pets with their forever homes'', operations manager Tracy Dunn says. The village will be decorated in the Valentine's Day spirit and spot prizes and giveaways will add to the festivities. Adoption prices for all animals will be halved over the weekend as an extra incentive. More than 500 pets were adopted during last year's nationwide event and the SPCA is aiming for more this time, Mrs Dunn says. People want to find their four- legged Valentine to take home.'' Dimitri is named after a charac- ter in the Disney movie Anastasia. He's been a resident at the village since last November after being found wandering on the side of the road by an SPCA employee. He was believed abandoned but staff still tried to locate his owners. They weren't successful and the luckless dog took up residence at the Animal Village where he's been ever since. His kennel-mate Diesel was adopted on Tuesday after being at the SPCA since August, which leaves Dimitri as the longest- serving dog there. Canine attendant Erica Lombard looks after Dimitri who she's dubbed the joker''. She hopes he'll soon find a home. He's been here a bit too long and just wants to get out,'' she says. Ms Lombard says Dimitri is a great catch as long as he's given time to relax and adapt. When he first came in he was quite shy and reserved, but he opened up as he settled in. He likes to push the boundaries, so you have to be firm with him otherwise he'll run over the top of you.'' Other pets at the SPCA looking for new homes this weekend are kittens, rabbits, chickens, goats and horses. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to see more about Dimitri and the SPCA adopt-athon.
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