PetRescue is a national animal welfare charity like no other. We help save thousands of lives every month by looking at the big picture, disrupting the status quo and finding innovative tech solutions to the biggest challenges facing rescue pets in Australia. We were disruptors before ‘disruption’ became an overused buzzword. In 2004, we launched the first national pet adoption website to help rescue pets, who may otherwise go unnoticed, find a new family to love for life. Today, our free programs and services help millions of Australians discover the joy of adopting a new family member and help more than 1,000 rescue organisations, shelters and pounds save the lives of thousands of rescue pets. We have a vision of a future for Australia where every pet is safe, respected and loved. And to get us there, we’ve developed a mission that looks at the bigger picture, drives social change and unites to save lives. Thanks to your kind support, we’re able to create positive solutions to the biggest issues and challenges that rescue pets face across Australia by looking at the big picture, leveraging digital innovations and driving social change. We’ve created an environment where the best talent in animal welfare, technology and marketing can use their knowledge and expertise for good, and we’re extremely proud of the team that drives our mission today. Building strong industry relationships with some of Australia’s biggest brands has enabled us to give rescue pets greater reach and bring more benefits to grassroots community rescue organisations.
We have been Established in Mareeba since the 18th of July 2012, Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc is a privately run, volunteer based group offering unwanted, abused, neglected and surrendered animals a second chance at life, we are a no kill Rescue Organization. We are a non-profit, registered Charity, We do not receive any government or council funding, we reply heavily on donations to keep our rescue group running. The Seconds Shop was established on the 4th of April 2018 at 68 Byrnes St Mareeba, to help support & fund for our Last Litter Program, Assist Domestic Violence Victims with Affordable Pet Boarding, Assist the Elderly with Affordable Pet Boarding while they are Hospitalised, We work with the Atherton Women’s Shelter and Mareeba & Atherton Hospitals and the growing demand to help save lives and maintain our rescue’s while they are in care. We started working with Fantasy Tails Pet Shop at 160 Byrnes st, Mareeba, in January 2021 to rehome our kittens and cats, they are all De sexed, Vaccinated, Microchipped, Wormed, Flea & Tick Treated, Females $160 & Males $130. And also Animal Welfare Cairns supports us with De sex/microchip vouchers, to help lower our vet bills. Our volunteer foster carers provide the training and skills the rescues may require before they are matched with a suitable home. Pets have been proven to help with Mental Health, Prisoners, Domestic Violence Victims and the Elderly.
Greyhound Rehoming Association NT, GRANT; is a non-for-profit organization, dedicated to finding homes for retired racers. At The Greyhound Rehoming Association NT, the mission is to find these lovable dogs a home when it's time for them to magically turn into couch potatoes after retirement. Their foster and adoption program supports the rehoming of Darwin greyhounds when they are ready to transition to the pet life! Their organization is run by volunteers who are dedicated to promoting greyhounds as wonderful pets. Because they do not operate a shelter or kennel, they rely on the generosity of foster-carers who open their homes to these beautiful creatures. All greyhounds adopted through GRANT are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. These costs are already included within our very reasonable adoption-fee.
MEOW rescue is a NOT for profit organisation which rescues Cats and Kittens within the Melbourne area. We have grown from one person into a rescue group. We are run entirely by volunteers and we are passionate about making change in the lives of unwanted cats and kittens. All rescue cats are cared for by our team of foster carers in their own homes. So come socialised and in most cases, have had interaction with other cats and dogs. All kittens and cats have been vet checked, wormed, treated for fleas, desexed, microchipped and vaccinated and are looking for their purrfect home. We work with the community, shelters/pounds and other rescue groups to make change in the lives of so many unwanted animals. We run a last litter program where people surrender their cats litter to us and we desex, microchip and vaccinate the Mother cat for free, so stopping the ongoing unwanted litters. We are also happy to discuss any issues relating to your cats/kittens and try to help keep these cats and kittens out of pounds. If you are looking for a loving kitty to adopt, then PLEASE contact us on Petrescue. We will find the right cat/kitten for you.
Pawfect Pals Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to rehoming companion animals who can no longer remain in their current situation, as well as those facing the threat of unnecessary euthanasia. Our team is made up of outstanding and knowledgeable volunteers, who work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and find the very best forever homes for each animal in our care. All of our animals live with a foster family while they wait for that special someone to come along. This means they get to experience life in a loving home, and we get to know them inside-out! During this time, they receive all necessary veterinary treatment, including desexing, microchipping, vaccinating and worming. Though we sometimes like to think our dogs are absolutely perfect angels who could do no wrong, sometimes their behaviour doesn’t reflect that image… Having a professional dog trainer assess and tailor a plan for you and your dog is highly beneficial, whether you have an issue that needs fixing or just want to make sure you’re on the right track to success with your new dog. A trainer can help with a multitude of things, like settling in a new dog, improving their loose lead walking and stopping them jumping on strangers, right through to more intensive behavioural modification for things like separation anxiety, reactivity and resource guarding.
Strong Hearts Cat Rescue is a registered charity based in Victoria, Australia. We rescue farmed animals, cats, dogs and rabbits. Strong Hearts Sanctuary was founded over ten years ago, by two sisters - Michayla and Jess. It started as a rescue for farmed animals, but has since expanded to become a rescue for dogs, cats and very recently rabbits as well. Strong Hearts Cat Rescue is passionate about raising awareness about the plight of farmed animals, and to educate people to see farmed animals as individuals, who seek love, warmth and comfort. We also raise awareness about the importance of adoption - both for farmed animals and companion animals. Desexing is such an important element to helping aleviate the companion animal crisis. Strong Hearts Cat Rescue is based in Melbourne, Australia. We rehabilitate farmed animals on our two properties, and prepare them for adoption. For the dog, cat and rabbit branch of our rescue, we have foster carers throughout Melbourne who care for our rescue pets until they are ready for adoption.
Australian Animal Rescue Incorporated (AAR) is a non-profit, volunteer run, non government organization. AAR was established in April 2009 after bush fires devastated the Gippsland, Kinglake and Marysville areas of Victoria. Spurred into action by the devastating events that were unfolding, a small group of dedicated volunteers spent 3 months rescuing wildlife and providing as much food and supplies as possible out to the effected people and animals. We at AAR differ from other rescue groups as we also specialize, not only in wildlife animals but also domestic animal rescues and adoptions. Australian Animal Rescue Incorporated operates 7 days a week and provides animal rescue and information services throughout Victoria. We also provide assistance to other shelters and disaster relief by doing fundraising throughout Melbourne.
2nd Chance Cat Rescue is a registered Australian Charity (ABN: 66 448 752 266) and not-for-profit organisation run solely by volunteers in the south-eastern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was started in July 2011 with the purpose of re-homing de-sexed, vaccinated and microchipped cats and kittens to good homes. 2nd Chance Cat Rescue has successfully socialised and re-homed many feral/stray and abandoned kittens. We have found that even the most apprehensive or timid animals can become wonderful companions if enough quality time is spent with them and our carers go to great lengths in doing so. All potential owners are screened using a comprehensive questionnaire designed to ensure that the cat(s) or kitten(s) are suited to their new environment and owners before leaving 2nd Chance Cat Rescue. Potential adopters will also have a preliminary phone call with one of our foster carers before a potential 'meet and greet is organised'. Matching the right cat with the right home is always the most important element in any adoption!
Since 2009, when Dr. Rebekah Day, BVSc (Dr. Bek) first opened a small clinic in Porepunkah, Alpine Animal Doctors has grown to become the ‘most trusted’ veterinary practice in the region. Our clients and patients come from across the Alpine region — from Myrtleford, Yackandandah and Beechworth to Bright, Harrietville and Mt Beauty. With an A-Z of almost 350 veterinary services available, our team is equipped to provide the optimum level of care for all conditions, and for all animal species, great or small, including farm livestock. Our clinic is fully equipped with the most up-to-date equipment available, with state-of-the-art facilities the equal of any capital city-based specialist veterinary facility. We are constantly re-evaluating and upgrading our equipment and facilities to ensure that our patients receive only the very best treatment outcomes — the same level of care that we would want for our own animal family. Dr. Bek’s team includes our amazing nurses Mary, Cassie, Emily and Monique — all locals, all professionally qualified or currently studying, and dedicated to ensuring your animals are treated with compassion and kindness. Our practice is skillfully and successfully managed by Mark, Dr. Bek’s partner. Most importantly, everyone at Alpine Animal Doctors loves animals just as much as you do. It’s why we do what we do. Our high-tech equipment and advanced facilities are important, but, more than anything else, what makes us different is our people and our dedication. Our promise is that we will never stop striving to achieve excellence in the delivery of animal healthcare. And we will never stop caring.
Don’t Go Astray help’s animals in need, giving them the second chance, they deserve. They assist with veterinary treatment, rehabilitation, fostering and re-homing of animals that just want to be loved. The organisation was formed in June 2018, and within six months was honoured with the RSPCA Humane Award – a huge deal for newcomers, and this encouragement has galvanised their passion and commitment. Born through the compassion and drive of their founder, Kylie, Don’t Go Astray Inc. strive to help animals by making sure every animal has a chance at a happy, healthy life, no matter the cost, no matter the odds. An organisation run by vet nurses tired of seeing animals left untreated and left without a home because of financial burdens, they endeavour to rehome stray and surrendered animals and assist in getting animals the medical care they need by raising the funds they require and finding them the medical professionals they need. All of this is only possible through your support and generosity. Driven by a shared desire to make a positive impact, their team’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of surrendered and stray animals. Each member of Don’t Go Astray comes from the veterinary and animal rescue industry, pooling a broad range of complementary skills. Together, their aim is not just to care for animals, but to provide assistance for people unable to meet the financial cost of emergency veterinary care. Their mission is to support stray & surrendered animals in need with Veterinary treatment, Rehabilitation, Foster Care and Adoption. Every animal deserves a second chance and a Forever Home. To provide an opportunity for families who need support with emergency Veterinary treatment for their pets. To provide education and training around animal welfare and animal health, and to promote responsible ownership. Don’t Go Astray is a small but hard-working team of people who dedicate their lives to caring for animals. Founder Kylie comes from a Human Resources/Marketing background and is a Vet Nurse trainee. Jami is a Vet Nurse specialising in exotic pets. Shannon is a Foster Carer working throughout Australia and Canada. Te is a Small Animal and Equine Veterinary Nurse & Abby is an administrator with a background in human patient care and support. Don’t Go Astray speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Perth Chihuahua Rescue Inc. is a specialised dog rescue based in Perth, Western Australia. Servicing ONLY Perth Metro area at this point in time. Perth Chihuahua Rescue Inc. is run by volunteers, and with the support and donations from very generous members of the public. Your donations go directly towards their vet bills and costs related to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing predominantly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua cross-breeds in WA. Their rescue operates a little differently than other Rescues. To minimise their volunteers time spent on people looking for the “cutest or smallest” dog, they keep a waiting list of families looking to adopt a chihuahua or chihuahua cross. They keep notes of what the family is looking for, their current situation and other factors and as the dogs come into care, they first go through this list to see if there is a suitable family waiting. If they cannot find a home on the waiting list, they will advertise this online. If they do advertise and you believe the dog would be a good fit to your household, you will need to fill out an Adoption Application. Once references are checked and the form processed, they will advise you if there are any suitable dogs. If they have a possible match, one of their representatives will go to your home and do a fence check and have a chat. This is purely to assess the safety and security of the dog. With all the paperwork and checks done, you will then meet your prospective new family member. If the meet goes well, the dog will go home with you and begin the 2-week trial. During this period, they will to assist you in any way they can to settle your new friend, but if things do not go as planned, you are able to return the dog to them, just as they are able to request the return of the dog. If the dog is returned during this trial period, you will receive a full refund or alternatively have a meet with another suitable dog. Once the trial period of 2 weeks is over and if all parties are happy, they make the adoption official. They will lodge the pre-signed microchip transfer and mail any relevant paperwork out for your new family member ready to register with your local council. All of the dogs receive a mandatory sterilization, vaccinations and microchip and all certificates and paperwork involved with these processes will also be provided to you for use in registering the dog with your local council. Part of the adoption agreement is that any dog that has come from Perth Chihuahua Rescue Inc will need to be returned to them if at any stage you can no longer care for the dog. If you need any further assistance with the dog, please do not hesitate to contact them and they will endeavour to assist you in any way they can. The health and wellbeing of the dogs they rescue will always remain a priority to them. When fostering, there are many things to think about before you decide if you would be a suitable foster carer. Never forget the household you are living in; every human that will be living with the dog will need to be on board with the process for it to be successful. If you would like to proceed to apply to become a foster carer with them, they will first need you to read through the Foster Information Sheet and fill in their Foster Application Form. Once they have processed the application, if you are successful, they will need to do a home inspection to make sure the needs and safety of the dog are met. All going well, they will pre-approve you for foster and when a suitable dog needs care they will contact you. They are always looking to add superstars to their volunteer and events teams too, so even if you can’t foster – maybe you can taxi pooches to and from the vet? Or, help out cooking up a storm at one of their events, baking some treats or manning a market stall.
As a dedicated Animal Adoption Organization since 2000, Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Victoria has discovered countless ways to make a positive difference in the lives and welfare of animals. In an ideal world, every human being would be compassionate enough to lend a helping hand. From volunteering time and making a donation, to staying informed and advocating online, there are so many ways to get involved. Find out more today. We are dedicated to stepping up our Rehabilitation efforts, which is by no means an easy feat. But through cooperation and community involvement, we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. With our mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies to make our Rescue efforts more effective. Contact us to learn more about our team’s hard work and commitment to this cause.
Cheltenham Cat Rescue is a registered animal welfare charity organisation, with deductible gift recipient status. Our focus is on the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of cats across Melbourne. Cheltenham Cat Rescue (CCR) commenced rescue operations in June 2015. After fostering for a number of years with other wonderful rescue organisations – and learning about the companion animal issues across Victoria and Australia – CCR founder Natasha thought she could add further value by setting up her own rescue organisation, the idea being to assist in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of cats within the Melbourne community. Working collaboratively with other rescue groups, councils and pounds across Melbourne, Cheltenham Cat Rescue focuses on rescuing homeless cats and kittens in need. Homeless doesn’t always mean the pound, though. Whilst it is true that many of our cats can come from the pound, we also receive calls from members of the community regarding homeless cats wandering onto their property as well as calls for help from people who can genuinely no longer care for their cats, for one reason or another. We are an all-breed cat rescue organisation, staffed entirely by volunteers and funded only by public donations. All funds raised go straight back into helping the cats and kittens in our care. Our survival as an organisation relies on the network of our volunteer foster carers, who assist in the provision of temporary homes whilst forever homes are found. Without these carers, rescue organisations like CCR would cease to exist. All cats/kittens rescued are fully vet worked before being rehomed. We are not a shelter and as such, we do not have a centralised location. All adoptions take place via an adoption application process, the aim being to find the purrfect match between human and feline. We believe that all breeds of cats deserve loving and caring homes and any medical care necessary to ensure the best possible quality of life, regardless of their age or condition. Through our work, we also seek to educate the community on responsible companion animal guardianship, holistic cat health care management and the dire situation of thousands of healthy cats and kittens being euthanised everyday in Australia… and what can be done to prevent this from happening.
WA Pet Project is a registered, not-for-profit, incorporated organisation in Western Australia. We are 100% volunteer operated, meaning we all work 'real' jobs during the day and dedicate our free time to changing the lives of pets and their humans. We are supporters of the No-Kill movement. We are 100% foster-care based which means that we do not have a premises, kennels or catteries to house all our beautiful rescue animals. All of our animals live in loving foster homes throughout the Perth metro area until they are adopted by their forever families. While at WA Pet Project we operate an adoption program for cats and dogs, our vision is a world where animal rescues don’t need to exist. We love our foster pets, but what we love more is pets living in their homes. Forever. Our aim is to help the community become great pet owners through various education programs, online resources and veterinary care programs. Because we believe success will come from addressing the cause, not only the issue.
Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue is a Dog Rescue based in the Perth Metro area, run totally by volunteers and funded by donations. All of our dogs are placed in foster homes in the metro area until they are adopted. Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue (DFL) is committed to saving as many dogs from pounds as possible. We have hundreds of foster carers all over Perth who care for the dogs until they are ready to move to their forever homes. We are always in need of foster carers to love and care for dogs of all ages and sizes. Along with finding new homes for dogs, we also rescue dogs that don’t have much time left. Rather than leave them to live out the rest of their life in a pound alone, they live with a “forever foster” carer and remain in the rescue until it is their time. They will only know love and kindness and will receive all vet work needed to make them as comfortable as possible.
Perth Rescue Angels Inc is a Western Australian based not-for-profit animal rescue charity that strives to change the lives of homeless, neglected, surrendered and abused animals through foster care and adoption. Being a foster-based rescue means that our cats and dogs live in homes with families while they are waiting for their forever homes. We are fortunate enough to have a dedicated team of foster carers and are always looking to add new members to our rescue family. Perth Rescue Angels specialises in rehabilitating undomesticated cats. These cats are seen as pests by many. However, we believe every cat deserves a chance at a happy life. Our organisation prides itself on being cruelty-free, which means that we only fund-raise using cruelty-free fundraising ideas. Perth Rescue Angels Inc is an Incorporated Entity, is a registered Charity with the ACNC, is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and has a Charity Collections License.
“Rescuing Cats from the Perils of the Streets” was the original aim of the Cat Welfare Society when it was established in 1961. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff and volunteers over many years, we have grown to become Western Australia’s premier cat welfare organisation, trading under the name of Cat Haven. Cat Haven, WA’s largest shelter for homeless, lost and abused cats. Our vision is that every WA cat should be a well-cared for cat and we work towards achieving this by providing: shelter facilities for lost, abandoned and stray cats; a foster care program that allows sick, injured and shy animals to recover in volunteers’ homes until they are ready for adoption; and a re-homing program at the Cat Haven campus as well as through a network of 15 pet stores across the metropolitan area. Cat Haven takes in over 8,000 cats and kittens every year and has a zero euthanasia rate for treatable re-homable cats. We have over 700 members, employ 55 staff and are supported by 71 volunteers who assist at the shelter and over 800 volunteer foster carers. Cat Haven’s core business is not only about improving the welfare of cats and kittens but also about improving the lives of people in the community and protecting our environment. Our rescue and surrender services ensure stray and unwanted cats are properly cared for and placed into suitable new homes, rather than being ‘dumped’ on the streets. In this way, we help reduce the stray and feral cat population and all the problems these can create for people, as well as protecting native species. Our re-homing services help people find a cat or kitten that suits their lifestyle, thereby helping individuals and families gain the benefits of owning a companion animal. In addition to these services, Cat Haven run a number of community programs including: Free emergency cat boarding for people in crisis, Companion cats in residential aged care facilities, Subsidised sterilisation and microchipping.
The RSPCA subscribes to the "Five Domains" model developed by Prof David Mellor and Dr Cam Reid in 1994, which outlined a way to identify and grade the severity of different welfare issues. By examining the physical and functional factors of nutrition, environment, health and behaviour and how they impact on an animal's mental state, the welfare status of an animal could be determined. This model was based on the Five Freedoms for animals. Freedom from hunger and thirst by providing access to fresh water and a balanced diet to maintain full health. Freedom from discomfort by providing a safe environment, shelter and a comfortable resting place. Freedom from pain, injury and disease through prevention, rapid diagnosis and treatment. Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
The Mad Catters Inc. Perth is a group of passionate cat enthusiasts who come together to share their love for cats and promote cat welfare. They organize events, meetups, and adoptions to bring attention to the needs of cats and help find loving homes for stray and abandoned cats in the Perth area. They also provide resources and support for cat owners and work to educate the public about responsible cat ownership.
Pet Rescue & Adoption Service was formed to help save cats and dogs of all ages from unnecessary euthanasia and situations of abuse and neglect and we also take surrenders of pets from people for a variety of reasons. We also take in many kittens from all walks of life. In some cases, we may sterilise the owned mother when we take the kittens. We respect and support other rescue organisations and strive to be part of the total process of freeing our companion animals from suffering. PRAAS is a self-funded, not-for-profit organisation. All work is done by unpaid volunteers. All vetwork & most food, toys, equipment etc are paid by the Rescue owner. The remainder is paid by the Carers. All transport fuel is paid by the owner, carers & other volunteers. Our rescued pets live as fosters in a home environment. Each might live with a family, a single, cats, dogs, other animals, children etc & it will be included on their profiles in which kind of environment they are known to be comfortable. All cats live inside only; where possible, this includes a secure outdoor run. They are also fed a very high quality, nutritious diet, as I believe that this is part of basic care for our loved pets. We require our adoptive families to have the same attitude towards their new pet's nutrition and to feed them similar quality food. A vital part of rescue involves desexing every animal that passes into our care and education of the importance of this process to members of the public with whom we come into contact. No animal will be adopted without first being microchipped, vaccinated and either desexed or with a paid certificate for desexing at the appropriate size. Desexing is THE key to the total well-being of our pets and the value that people place on them. Only in rare circumstances will desexing not occur e.g. if the animal is elderly or frail & it is advised by the vet to be unnecessary or dangerous. Once our rescued pets are healthy, desexed and have had all the necessary work according to current legislation, they will be offered to the public for adoption. New families will be carefully selected. All animals are adopted with the expectation that finally, this will be their lifelong home.
Cairns Animal Rescue was established in 2019. Since our inception, our group of passionate volunteers have managed to assist over 1,200 dogs, through rehoming and medical care. We are here to assist dogs in need across North Queensland, from the Torres Straits in the North, to as far south as Charters Towers. We are a dedicated group of volunteers who provide the highest level of care in a foster home environment, allowing us to assess each animal and ensure they meet their perfect forever family. Our foster dogs join our own dogs, cats and children and become immersed in our family – helping them become a great family member for you! Adopting a rescue dog is a very rewarding experience. Not only are you gaining a new family member, but you’re rescuing an animal from less-than-ideal circumstances. We like to think they appreciate their new family more when they’re a rescue.
Jenny’s Angels Dog Rescue, is a small team of ethical and dedicated animal lovers. They began their venture in 2016, rescuing and re-homing dogs from the local pound and surrounding country areas. Their goal was to help, rehabilitate and re-home these dogs to give them the best chance of finding the loving homes they deserve. They endeavoured to do their best for all dogs and worked with other ethical rescues to ensure the best outcomes. While working closely with their dedicated, highly experienced Animal Control officers, they re-homed over 500 dogs. They re-homed dogs and puppies of all ages, sizes and breeds that had been surrendered, seized, dumped or abandoned. After a well-earned break at the end of 2021 and reviewing their operation and mission, Jenny's Angels relaunched in 2022 with a new direction and focus to help and re-home dogs with special needs. The main focus being double merle puppies and young dogs. They made this decision in consultation with Adelaide Canine Behaviour and Training, as they have the same goals and passion to advocate for their rights to be given the chance to live the great life they deserve. Their aim is to work with rescues and owners of special needs puppies and young dogs to educate, train and re-home these special souls into their forever homes. They emphasise the importance of promoting public awareness and education about double merles and dogs with special needs. Their main focus is Double Merle and Special Needs pups and young dogs. Merle is a coat pattern found in Australian Shepherds, Collies, Shelties, and a number of other dog breeds. This particular phenotype is inherited as an autosomal, incompletely dominant trait. The merle gene creates mottled patches of colour in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-coloured eyes, and affects skin pigment. Animals that are “double merle,” a common term used for dogs that are homozygous (having two copies) of the merle (M/M) trait, are predominantly white and prone to several health issues. The chances of having puppies that develop health issues increase when two merles are bred together. It is recommended that a merle dog only be bred to a non-merle/non-cryptic Merle dog. Cryptic merle dogs do not appear to be merle, but contain the merle gene. Many solid dogs are actually cryptic, also known as phantom, merles and can produce both merle and double merles if not careful. Merle can affect all coat colours. Recessive red dogs can also be affected by merle, but the patches are either hardly seen or (if the dog is a clear, recessive red) are not visible at all. Combinations such as brindle merle exist, but are not typically accepted in breed standards. In addition to altering base coat colour, merle also modifies eye colour and the colouring of the nose and paw pads. The merle gene modifies the dark pigment in the eyes, occasionally changing dark eyes to blue, or only part of the eye to blue. Since Merle causes random modifications, both dark-eyed, blue-eyed, and odd-coloured eyes are possible. Colour on paw pads and nose may be mottled pink and black. If two carriers (M/m) are bred with one another, there is a 25% chance per puppy born that they will be homozygous (M/M) for the merle trait. These are also known as "double merles." A high percentage of double merle puppies have vision or hearing deficiencies. A cryptic or phantom merle is a dog which phenotypically appears to be a non-merle (solid-coloured) or a dog that has very faint patches of merle that can go unnoticed. Animals that do not present the merle phenotype may possess the merle genotype and subsequently produce merle offspring. These animals are known as cryptic merles, as they don't appear to be merle but can produce merles. Double merles are totally preventable by responsible breeding. The only way a double merle can be created is by breeding two merles. If merle to merle breeding stops, then so do double merles. Neurological issues are conditions that affect the nervous system and block or negatively affect certain nervous signals that are usually sent to the muscles. The main centres of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord. Any condition that affects the connection between these points and the rest of the body is called a neurological disorder. These conditions are most commonly caused by diseases, injuries or other health-related abnormalities. Many health issues can be avoided with responsible breeding and education, so their purpose is to raise awareness and make a difference. They believe education and promotion of responsible dog ownership is paramount to reducing the number of "unwanted" dogs, and hope to work with others to spread the word. Their dogs are all fostered in loving homes where they experience life in a family and learn valuable lessons needed to ensure their successful transition to their new homes. All of their dogs are vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed before re-homing.
Charlie was abandoned at only 18 months old at an agistment property. He was just turned out as landowners could not find the owner. He had not seen other horses for five years when the property sold. He faced being shot where he stood, with no one wanting an unhandled, 18HH thoroughbred. FNQ Foster Farms came to the rescue. We had to walk the farm to find him and load him on a truck to bring him home. His feet had not been done for years and were huge. He was so excited to see another horse, he had thought he was the only one left on the planet. Charlie was so kind-hearted and easy to work with and ride. We successfully re-homed him to a home daycare and became their mascot. He was a big, gentle giant who loved kids and would suck on their hair if they stood too close to the fence. Charlie was the start of the FNQ Foster Farms story, but it doesn't end there. Read more about how you can support us in our rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming endeavours. Charlie was relieved to find out he wasn't the last horse left on the planet after all.
SAFE is Western Australia’s largest animal rescue organisation using the foster care model. Founded in 2003, we currently have 11 branches state-wide and have successfully rehomed more than 32,400 homeless animals. We utilise a dedicated team of volunteers, ensuring an exceptional level of care for our rescue animals and a highly effective financial model. More than 80% of money donated goes directly to animal care. We are aligned with a wide network of Australia’s most respected welfare organisations and are the West Australian arm of Companion Animal Network – Australia CAN. Although our core focus is animals, our largest impact is on the communities in which we work. We are helping people find companionship by connecting them with a pet who needs them. We are also helping to reduce the overpopulation of homeless animals by strongly advocating for animal desexing. Our organisation works so effectively because it is run by people who know their own communities. When an animal is abandoned or surrendered, our branch coordinators go about finding a foster carer from our list of volunteers. Often, SAFE teams will drive hundreds of kilometres and work late into the night to ensure an animal is safe. Amazing dedication, teamwork and a whole lot of passion means that everyone just does what they need to make it happen.
Aussie Desert Dogs is run by Gloria Morales, Warlukurlangu Art Centre's assistant manager, and supports the Aboriginal communities of Yuendumu, Nyirripi, Yulamu and surrounding areas. Gloria is dedicated to helping any animal in need, either out in community or in her own home, providing daily support, medical assistance and the provision of food. Gloria also oversees the Warlukurlangu Dogs desexing and worming program, arranging vet visits quarter yearly. Gloria is committed to the full time care of the dogs and animals in the community, taking in strays, 'sick ones' and those in between homes. Long nights can be spent caring for the sick and injured and there are no closing or clocking off times at Aussie Desert dogs HQ. Aussie Desert Dogs and Warlukurlangu Dogs Program are separate initiatives, however each relies on the other to fully support the people and animals of their communities. The Warlurlangu Dogs Program specifically funds and supports the quarter yearly desexing program that Gloria organises, bringing vet Stephen Cutter and his AMRRIC volunteers out to sterilise dogs and cats (and even horses), distribute parasitic treatment and undertake any treatments and operations required. On top of this, Aboriginal owned Warlukurlangu Art Centre provides regular funding to Aussie Desert Dogs through a percentage of sales of their paintings, to support Gloria's ongoing daily work with dogs and animals in the community and in her care. Art Centre manager Cecilia Alfonso is extremely supportive of Aussie Desert Dogs and the work Gloria does in the community, not only generating funding but also finding herself transporting dogs into town for rehoming and bringing food back into the community! Dogs and dingos hold a significant place of importance in their relationship with Aboriginal People and their culture. Valued in both the physical and spiritual realms as companions, pets, physical and spiritual protectors, water sources and warmth, they feature strongly in Jukurrpa (Dreaming and dreamtime), playing significant roles in Creation stories, song lines and ceremony. Over time, however, as dogs became more commonplace than dingos in the community, the regular breeding patterns of the dogs in communities have led to overpopulation, starvation and illness. Many communities such as Yuendumu are hundreds of kilometres away from a vet clinic and people don’t have access to simple parasitic treatments, medical care, desexing operations and vaccinations. Most of the community shops have limited stock and often don’t supply basic and important animal care products. Purchasing food and medicine can be costly and a journey to the vet, long and expensive. In the words of AMRRIC, 'Nobody should be forced to watch their beloved animal suffer simply because they cannot access treatment.'