Tuesday, 12 January 2010

a new breed of dog rescue organisations

In our local newspaper, The Age, there was an article on Monday about a new event to occur monthly at the Commerical Hotel In Yarraville - The Big Dog Day Out. It looked as if the dogs were enjoying themselves, so I might plan on taking Penny there one day.

The events will raise money for dogs. The money collected on this occasion went to Halfway Home Animal Rescue. On the Commercial Hotel's site I read that this is a regular summer event, and the Halfway Home group is 'an organisation that saves animals in remote rural pounds on death row and places them into foster care in the Melbourne area, where they can then be adopted into loving homes'.

I'd like to support them, because they are an organisation that gives stray dogs a second chance when they are about to be put down. In The Age article, the founder, Jenaya Du Toit said they have become disenchanted with animal "shelters" that put down about 250,000 dogs and cats each year.

What a terrible number!

I've recently heard of another organisation called Rescued With Love, one that aims to keep dogs out of shelters altogether and also processes them through voluntary foster carers.

I donate to the big dog rescue organisations here, as much as I can, and now I'm wondering whether my money would be better going to these "direct rescue" groups. It's quite a dilemma, because, despite criticism of the big shelters, they do rescue lots of dogs. And they are easily contacted if a dog is lost. But it scares me to think how many animals pass through their doors and what a short time a dog is given before its fate is decided.

I can't afford to donate to all of them, unfortunately.

12 comments:

Serendipity said...

Hi Parlance,

LS here. I know how you feel. I guess it's the same everywhere when it comes to the larger shelters. I used to give to the bigger organisations too. Like you, I can't afford to give to all of them. So I split up to smaller contributions for both groups.

parlance said...

LS, that seems a logical solution. It's so hard to know where to give money, with so many sad things happening in the world, to humans and to animals.

Teal'c said...

Hi Parlance - my mom has the same issue :( So many bad things are going on out there and you just can't fix them all. My parents give to big and small organizations alike. My mom looks quite often at me and says: I'm so glad that I rescued you. God knows where you would have ended up otherwise... I pay her back with a big doggy-grin. :)
Slobbers Master T.

Twinkietinydog said...

Momma checked out both rescue sites you mentioned. I've often heard her wonder where to donate to. It is a tough decision. Thank you for all the information.
Twink!

parlance said...

Teal'c, Penny wasn't rescue dog, but she was one of a litter that was lucky to survive, as there was some sort of mistake in the mating and the litter was to be put down at birth. I know this sounds strange, but that is what the vet said. (I was volunteering there at the time.)

parlance said...

Twinkietinydog, I agree with your mum. It's hard to focus one's giving, when the world is such a sad place.

Slavenka said...

The newborn baby is so sweet,thanks for link.
I donate to dog rescue center in Zagreb ,as much as I can every year.

curator said...

Parlance, it is so great of you to give! I feel just like everyone here. I try to give a little to as many as I can...Lately I gave a little to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation because of their work in Haiti.

parlance said...

Slavanka, there are so many animals in need, aren't there? It's hard to know how to help, but i guess we can only do what we can.

parlance said...

Curator, somewhere I saw a photo of a line of search and rescue dogs heading off to Haiti. It was very moving to think that those dogs were going to travel across the world to help people in such a desperate situation.

doozer said...

Please please please do not donate money to the Lost Dogs Home. They get millions and millions of dollars donated every year by people who think they are helping animals. What they dont know is that the Lost Dogs Home has the Highest Kill Rate around. To make it worse, they have had the exact same management for 20 years, management who REFUSE to progress towards becoming a no kill shelter. They even actively stop people from revealing the truth about the organisation.

Honestly, google it, do some research, you will quickly find how terrible this organisation really is.

parlance said...

Doozer, thanks for that feedback about the Lost Dogs Home. I have in the past donated to them, but haven't lately because of finding about more of these direct rescue organisations. I think it's so much better if a dog doesn't go into an institution.