What is our goal?
To work with the community to achieve the best outcome for all our animals.
Where are we now?
We work well with the community, but there is more that we can do.
Perfomance highlight 2021/2022
The Lost Dogs' Home's public veterinary clinic, Frank Samways, partnered with Pets of the Homeless (POTH) to host an event providing essential veterinary care for pets in the community. POTH work with people experiencing homelessness, financial hardship and escaping domestic violence. We know pets are loyal companions and a great source of comfort during times of crisis. The collaboration offered POTH discounted desexing services and desexed 26 animals on the day for a grateful group of pet parents. It was a fantastic opportunity to partner with an organisation actively working to keep pets with their owners, while also promoting the importance of desexing to reduce the population of stray and abandoned pets in our community.
In an Australian first for animal shelters we launched our Adoption Ambassador Program, designed to get animals into forever homes quicker and out of the shelters. Animals sent out to our Adoption Ambassador foster carers can be directly adopted from the foster home instead of returning to the shelter. This not only frees up space in the shelter for even more animals to be cared for, but also means finding the fostered animal a home much quicker. The program was made possible thanks to support from the Petstock Foundation.
We recently recruited a Volunteer Coordinator to support the relaunch of our formal volunteering program. Volunteers are essential in supporting our work across the whole of organisation, from working with the animals in the shelter, to administration within our fundraising office.
We engage with the community well through our social media platforms and traditional media to inform, enthuse, and motivate actions that support best outcomes for our animals.
We also see community outreach as an essential part of what we do, however, our we have limited resources. We do already have a number of successful community programs that support families with pets, however, there is much more we can do.
Where do we need to be?
In constant conversation with the community to be able to work effectively together.
Engaging with schools, teaching the benefits of responsible pet guardianship.
Working within geographic areas of highest need.
Partnering and engaging with the community for strong advocacy on better animal welfare outcomes.