WHEN a kind-hearted young woman by the name of Melissa Higgins came to Griffith to adopt a dog last month, Needy Paws Dog Rescue public officer Ken Rebetzke didn’t give it a second thought.
It only dawned on Mr Rebetzke that he’d actually played host to Australian songwriter, singer and multi-award winner Missy Higgins after she’d left the city with one of the group’s rescue dogs, Gizmo.
A slightly embarrassed Mr Rebetzke said he had no idea it was the much-loved star until someone else pointed it out to him.
“I’m a bit of a laughing stock,” he said.
“My sister saw a photo of her on Facebook and she contacted me to ask me did I know who’d been sitting in my house.
“She used her real name Melissa the whole time and it didn’t click until my sister pointed it out.
“She was just a lovely, down-to-earth girl, who is very passionate about animal rights.
“She was wearing a hat and I thought that looked familiar, but I just wasn’t expecting it to be her.”
Mr Rebetzke said thanks to Needy Paws, a group of locals dedicated to saving unwanted dogs from death, Gizmo is now living happily with his new mum Missy in Melbourne.
“Missy found Gizmo on Pet Rescue online and went through the adoption process with us,” he said.
“All dogs receive care from the Griffith Vet Hospital and are desexed, vaccinated and chipped before being re-homed throughout Australia.”
More information can be found at the group’s facebook page Needy Paws Dog Rescue or www.needypaws.org.au.
– The Area News