A charity art auction is being held this Sunday to help SAFE Busselton establish a permanent base.
SAFE Busselton spokesperson Lynda McKilligin said the organisation hoped to raise $30,000 to go towards a customised modular animal premises.
“It will be a happy house so that our rescue animals can enjoy a simulated home environment while being assessed, treated and trained prior to being matched with their foster family or forever home,” she said.
She said the space would enable SAFE to provide better outcomes for rescued cats and dogs as well as provide a space for pet-related training programs.
SAFE Busselton has saved 6000 unwanted pets since it began operating in the South West.
On average, the organisation has 20 dogs or cats on its books a month, and after the Christmas period this number can spike to 50.
Ms McKilligin urged the community to attend the event and support the organisation, which rescues animals from Capel to Augusta.
“We don’t receive any government funding or grants so we are really reliant on donations, fundraising and adoption fees,” she said.
“These funds are what covers treatments, foster care and food – everything that is needed to rehabilitate an animal.”
More than 20 pieces of art, with a collective value of $50,000, have been donated for the auction.
The event is hosted by The Studio Bistro and Gallery and Cape Naturaliste Vineyard on January 21.
Tickets are $70 and include wine and canapés, plus the chance to purchase artworks.
All proceeds from artworks sold go solely to SAFE Busselton, to book visit thestudiobistro.com.au.