Tail wagging appeal

Paw-fect pal: Smithton Police Constable Rohan Johnson and german shepherd Bella recently made the move to Circular Head and are calling on community members to support the station’s annual donation drive for the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Donate. For Smithton Police Constable Rohan Johnson, man’s best friend is german shepherd Bella.

Recently joining the local station, Constable Johnson adopted his now six-year-old canine companion when she was 14 months old.

Joining the force in 2009, he was stationed in Ulverstone early on in his career before serving seven years in Devonport more recently.

After transferring to Smithton, Constable Johnson and his offsider are basking in the lifestyle that comes with a country posting.

“She has a bigger backyard now,” he says, and loves long walks on the beach or wading through the ocean with a ball nearby.

For Bella, the simple pleasures of a tennis ball or squeaky toy are a part of everyday life however for some pooches this is not always the case.

As the festive season approaches, Smithton Police Station will once again be a drop-off point for donations to the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania.

Based in Burnie, Devonport and Hobart the not-for-profit organisation cares for homeless and unwanted dogs who are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped before being available for adoption.

Donations of polar fleece blankets, leads and collars, hard toys (not stuffed) and canned food and treats as well as cash will assist the organisation.

Donations needn’t be new with second-hand toys and bedding in good condition accepted.

Knowing the loyalty of an adopted pet, Constable Johnson urged community members to consider providing a forever home for an animal in need this Christmas.

For more information or to donate to the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania contact Smithton Police on 131 444 or visit Smithton Police Station, 22 Smith Street, Smithton before Christmas. The station is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm, if unattended ring the buzzer.

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