• Barnaby

    These animals are defenceless. We are often their last hope. They look at us beseechingly. They have no voice. Let us be one of the voices for those that cannot speak, and a hope for those deemed too difficult, too costly or not worthy by others.

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    I am a living creature. I feel pain. I need you to feed me and give me water. I depend on you.

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    Must We Die?

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    I am a surrender. They will kill me today.

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    Who has judged me worthless?

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    I cannot speak. I can only look at you beseechingly.

    Will you be my voice?

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

Dear Friends

The election is nearly on us. And if they are lucky rescuers will find time from their overwhelmed and stressed lives to vote. What a shame no party is acknowledging the work of community fostercare networks and other rescue groups. 

Perhaps one of the reasons there is no acknowledgement is that the councils continue to take the credit for any good appearing statistics. For example in the domestic animal plan for 2012-2013 that covers Mildura Pound it says 89 dogs were 'euthanased' and 551 were rehoused. 

How many of those were rehoused by adoptions from the pound and how many were taken by rescuers,so many of whom are still tirelessly taking dogs from Mildura every week. These transports runs have been happening since 2006 but whenever has there been any open acknowledgement by the Council of the great work that so many groups still do every week in transporting and rehoming dogs in Melbourne, as well of course as the local groups.

This classification should be changed from 'rehoused', or as it is in some pounds 'adopted', and broken down so that the numbers saved by the rescue community are seen and acknowledged by at least showing in the statistics how many animals were taken by these groups. Mildura of course is just one example in rural Victoria and an example of pound where dogs still die because the pound is not large enough. If rescue groups were not working there the kill rate would be horrific.

All over Victoria groups work tirelessly to save dogs within the limited timeframe they are given. They all know the frustration of that one call not made in a busy day and a surrender being killed. Of course surrenders can and often are killed on the day of arrival. There is no obligation to attempt to rehome.

The pounds, the shelters, the puppy farmers that make themselves look better by using rescue groups - what rewards, what recognition do they give to these groups. Although of course the groups ask for none, as they are after all there because they are compassionate and kind people, not because they are paid to be. 

It should be mandatory under the Code of Practice for pounds to have to rehome dogs to the rescue community and any 'killing' should have to state a reason. It should not be a grace and favour exercise depending on the mood of the local laws officer of the day, and any animal that is killed should be taken to the vet and sedated prior to killing. Every animal taken by a rescue group should be noted in that Council's statistics.

Which party is going to look at the still ineffectual code of practice for the management of shelters and pounds? Mr Napthine? Mr Andrews? Who will change this? 

Please also read 'What a good pound does...'

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