We have been proactive in trying to change companion animal welfare since we began.
We initiated the Drought Dogs Program and were the first group to work in rural Victoria, bringing pound dogs and cats to Melbourne for rehoming which we continued to do for ten years.
Now that so many other rescue groups are available to assist, we also take on puppy farm dogs and surrendered dogs; many of these have belonged to older people who can no longer care for them, or from those whose situation is precarious.
We ran a campaign to have community fostercare networks, a name initiated by us, written into the Domestic Animals Act, so that groups like ours were able to take unvetworked animals from pounds, which meant that we no longer had to leave pregnant animals and unweaned puppies and kittens to die.
We desexed, with the aid of a BAW grant, more than 500 dogs and cats belonging to low-income dog and cat owners in rural Victoria and ran a $50 pound cat subsidy scheme to enable more cats to leave rural pounds alive. We continue to run a low-cost desexing program; our Animeals to supply food to those in need; and our Pets in Crisis program to aid individuals who have mental health issues, are homeless or are fleeing domestic violence.
We organised the setting up of the Dog Rescue Association of Victoria, together with a number of other long-standing rescue groups, to form a lobby group to enhance the standing of community fostercare networks in our community.
We believe that it is the responsibility of groups like ours to show how the community can and should look after and value their companion animals. We are so grateful for our adopters, supporters, carers and volunteers that enable us to continue on.