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  • 27 Nov 2014

    code of practice for community fostercare networks and other rescue groups for dogs

    This Code of practice has been developed to provide a reference for CFC networks and other rescue groups operating in Victoria. There is currently no other framework to address such groups. The purpose of the Code of Practice is to specify the minimum standards that groups should adhere to when rescuing, caring for and rehoming dogs…

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  • 25 Nov 2014

    section 84y used by drav members

    Here is the Section 84y used by DRAV members, in this case Victorian Dog Rescue. Clause 6 is the only one that needs changing if used by a non- DRAV member and we suggest that the clause be inserted that they/you will act according to the high standards of the voluntary Code for Community Fostercare Networks and Rescue Groups…

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  • 20 Nov 2014

    vic election - what needs to happen in companion animal welfare

    Many animal welfare issues are being raised in the context of the forthcoming Victorian election. This paper will focus on those issues affecting companion animals that are within the power of the State Government to address. There are seven categories which we will summarise and on which we will provide our recommended position…

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  • 13 Nov 2014

    what a good pound does...

    We feel that at a time we are hoping one of the major parties might commit to changes in the Code of Practice to improve the lot of abandoned animals it is worth posting "What a good pound does"…

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  • 11 Aug 2013

    are we being duped again? puppy farmers speak loudest!

    A few years ago we called on you for your support to make submissions on the Code of Practice for the Management of Shelters and Pounds. When the final version arrived we realised that, either by design or otherwise, we had been forced to focus on a few outrageous inclusions rather than the whole Code. Many in the animal welfare community consequently cheered as the couple of ‘red herrings’ such as the abolition of the 28-day rule included in the draft Code were so easily removed in the final document. However we felt that we had been manipulated very successfully by those in the drafting room and those with more powerful voices than ours…

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  • 6 May 2011


    Recently we heard of a person who said they had paid $380 for a maltese from a rescue group. They then found out the dog was undesexed and pregnant. THIS IS NOT A RESCUE GROUP. This is a back yard breeder. Please check the authenticity of the people you are dealing with…

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  • 17 Apr 2011

    please help our dogs and cats to live

    Some points on the Code of Practice for Management of Shelters and Pounds What is in there and more importantly what is not.…

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  • 9 Apr 2011

    humane euthanasia?

    We are disgusted that a code redrafted 12 years later makes a SOP to humane euthanasia by mentioning shooting. 'Euthanasia methods must be carried out humanely'. Barbituate is preferred but gunshot is acceptable. So shooting domestic pregnant cats and kittens in cages can be acceptable as long as it isn't in the view of the public…

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