(Online event page only) To raise awareness of the plight of our shelter..
We have to have a bit of a heart-to-heart with our supporters…
In 2013 we expanded the rescue from being a “from-home” rescue to a country boarding facility with existing kennels. We intended to run the boarding business along-side the rescue, to raise some funds to help our orphans... But… not surprisingly the rescue has taken over every aspect of the property. As often happens with growth, there have been bumps along the way. The downside of having more room is that we grew big. We have been criticised for this and we are now under the pressure of the authorities. How did we get here? It’s easy… the demands are constant! Imagine being at the end of the phone when someone needs help getting their animals out of a domestic violence situation; Or when someone has moved house and left their dogs in the backyard with no food or water; Or when being told about the 94 year old lady who is going into a nursing home whose adored cats are being surrendered to a kill-shelter because no one in the family will take them; Or when someone wants to surrender a pregnant dog with 13 puppies on board – you think “well at least that is 14 dogs that will be desexed”, you don’t think “we can’t – we are full”.
We are at the point where we desperately need to invest in the property to keep it viable.
When we moved into these kennels they were fairly run down and on our shoestring budget we have been making improvements to them. We have had some great support along the way - supporters that have donated building materials, donated to our emergency storm appeals, also the amazing donation from Classic Roller Shutters to keep the heat out during the hot summer days – which the dogs have no escape from.
Over the past few years we faced bushfires that came very close, and have been battered by severe storms, powerful winds and terrible floods. We certainly began to believe the property was cursed. Our volunteers battle access around the entry and exit points of the property in winter, as thick mud builds up due to lack of drainage, which makes the simplest tasks very difficult. We tried to cover all of the kennels with more roofing but this now needs repairing as a lot of it is leaking. Winter will be upon us before we know it and one of our main kennel complex floors needs to be raised and better drainage installed around the surrounds due to flooding risk. This past year has brought incredible storms. Our buildings have been battered, with roofing being ripped off or broken. Our volunteers have patched up areas to keep it maintained; but we are afraid we will not make it through the next winter. We recognise that to continue helping animals and to provide sanctuary for them, we need to dramatically improve our kennel environment.
Because we help the hard cases and see the light in each soul that crosses our path, the orphaned animals are welcome to stay with us as long as they need, until they find their special human. We believe this is why we keep deciding to fight on! We have such great support in the community and without us and the supporters that believe in our mission these beautiful animals and the thousands we have rescued and rehomed over the years would be dead. We want to continue to help the most vulnerable and work towards providing a more comfortable environment for them - a true sanctuary – without having to defend why we do what we do!
We would like to complete concreting of all kennel floors. Currently our volunteers work hard to regularly cart in sawdust (which is extremely labor intensive, especially through the wet winters) in which we, partially sawdust the kennel runs to protect soft paw pads, because some of our orphans stay with us longer term, and cold, hard kennel floors are not ideal. However, we have learnt that sawdust is also a flea haven and hinders us when we have a flea outbreak.
So that our dogs aren’t exiled to cold, hard concrete floors permanently we would love to extend the kennels so they have their own private secure yard; so they can sunbake and feel the grass under their feet; around the times they do not have access to the exercise yards.
We also want to install automatic waterers for water bowls and ceiling misters, to keep our animals hydrated and cool. This will also help free up our volunteers time, so we can work more efficiently, focus on cleaning and socialisation/enrichment programs.
This all takes a huge amount of funds; currently we are committing all donations and adoption fees to the day to day running of the property, as well as food and vet bills.
We also desperately need the help of compassionate, qualified and self-insured: Stonemasons, roofers, concreters, steel fabricators, carpenters, plumbers and people who can help us with trenches and drainage.
True thanks and appreciation for any support you can give, whether that be monetary, providing services, supplies, recommending our cause to a tradesperson or sharing our posts..
And for believing that..
"In the heart of every stray lies the single desire to be loved."