The Drought Dog Program - Rural Community Outreach
In 2006 the Rescue coordinator of the Anatolian Shepherd club went to Mildura as part of a visit to country areas to search out Anatolian shepherds. She soon found out the grim situation for a dog surrendered or found as a stray. Only one in five dogs was reclaimed and nearly all the rest were killed. The cats fared even worse. There is no animal shelter for hundreds of kilometres. So if an elderly lady has to move out of her home and can’t take her dog with her, unless family or a friend take the dog, the pound is the only other choice. And at that time that meant death. Victorian Dog Rescue were invited to become involved, and together they began to bring dogs down to Mildura for rehoming. This was the beginning of the Drought Dogs Program.
We are very excited by our AniMeals program which aims to feed the pets of financially stressed people in the Bayside and Glen Eira community and very grateful for the funding from the Bureau of Animal Welfare. This is a six-month pilot program. It is great to be able to give back to the community that supports us, and we hope this will be the beginning of a bigger scheme to help more companion animals live at home as long as possible, with assistance to feed the pets and eventually other services available.