SYDNEY, Australia — Carey and Di Edwards have spent the past eight years rescuing working dogs from death row in Australia. The couple and a team of carers train and adopt these dogs out to loving families across the country.
Their charity, Australian Working Dog Rescue International (AWDRI), saves the lives of dogs who have been dumped, abandoned or surrendered to the pound.
“They end up in the pound for a variety of reasons; being a failed worker, or they’ve been bought as a pet and the owners have not been prepared at all for the level of exercise and mental stimulation the dog needs,” Di Edwards tells ABC .
Traditional Australian working dogs include Kelpies, Cattle dogs, Border Collies and Koolies. Although some of these dogs were pets, most of the dogs are failed working dogs from farms.
The charity has had so much success that local councils often send them lists of dogs on death row so that they can be saved before they are euthanized.
“That’s the reality of the situation is that these dogs end up euthanatized,” Carey Edwards said.
The Edwards have recently released a book documenting the dogs that have come through their organization. The book, Rescue Dogs, shares stories and photographs of the dogs that moved on to have incredible lives as therapy dogs, wine dogs, army recruits and, most importantly, amazing family pets.
All proceeds from the book with go to the continuation of the AWDRI and their efforts to make sure all working dogs get that second chance.