Report by Saving Pets, 29 December 2011
How many pets would you expect to see saved in a year with a budget of over $12 million dollars?
$12 million dollars is a veritable fortune in animal welfare circles. From the tiniest rescue group working on a shoestring, through to the grandest private shelter; $12 million dollars should be able to save the lives of tens of thousands of pets, with some left over to put towards impoundment prevention and relationship building with the community. So news that the The Lost Dogs Home have released their annual report, showing that they this year, like previous years, recorded “revenue from continuing operations” of $12,375,271, should be a cause for celebration from pet lovers and homeless animals.
But unfortunately despite its enormous resources, the Lost Dogs Home continues to be a disaster for pets. READ MORE HERE
Sarah Vogler From: The Courier-Mail August 16, 2011
CITY Hall will use a Melbourne company to run its pounds in a bid to cut costs and reduce the number of pets being put down
The Lost Dogs Home will take over the Willawong and Bracken Ridge shelters in a privatisation deal the Brisbane City Council says will save $1 million a year.
The non-profit organisation has been set a target of finding homes for 100 per cent of healthy cats and dogs that come through the Brisbane shelters within three years.
Council figures say 4200 stray from shelters in 2009/10 – 16 per-cent of dogs and 68 per-cent of cats were put down. READ MORE HERE
ABC News; July 29 2011
The Lost Dogs’ Home in North Melbourne will establish the Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic after receiving a generous donation of $3 million.
See video clip here……
The Age; Carolyn Webb; July 29, 2011
A BIG-HEARTED businessman has left Melbourne’s Lost Dogs Home $3 million – the largest bequest in its 100-year history.
Staff at the animal shelter described the donor, Frank Samways, as a man so empathetic for abandoned pets that he wouldn’t enter the animal shelter in Gracie Street, North Melbourne.
The home’s managing director, Graeme Smith, said Mr Samways, ”a charming, charismatic person”, used to attend donor functions in the home’s courtyard. ”But [he] never set foot inside the shelter because he thought it would be too disturbing for him. He didn’t want to see any dog or cat incarcerated.” READ MORE
Herald Sun, July 25, 2011; Kelly Ryan
GIVING pound animals extra time to find new homes has paid off for unwanted pets languishing at the Lost Dogs’ Home.
Animal lovers swamped the shelter last week to snap up a new pet.
They were responding to a Herald Sun report that the abolition of the mandatory euthanasia of animals after 28 days on “death row” had seen a population explosion at shelters. The home introduced a “half-priced hounds” special to encourage pet sales.
Woodend’s Stephen and Carolyn Green knew what they were in for when they adopted terrier Bobby, who is getting on at nine.
“We deliberately chose the oldest dog because we know no one ever picks them,” Ms Green said.
A besotted Bobby has made himself at home with his owners and new mates Katy the Jack Russell and labrador Dave, both 14.
Channel 7 News; June 10, 2011
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Casey Weekly; BY CATHERINE WATSON; 16 May, 2011
ANIMAL welfare organisations have expressed concern over the Lost Dogs Home’s high kill rate following its successful tender to run Casey’s pound services.
Its Cranbourne pound, near the corner of Thompsons Road and Western Port Highway, already accommodates strays from the cities of Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Cardinia, Bayside and Kingston.
But Victorian Dog Rescue and animal welfare group Stop the Clock told the Weekly the Lost Dogs Home had an unacceptably high kill rate for stray dogs and cats. READ MORE HERE