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Dogs’ Refuge Home (WA) Inc, The

Contact

Name: Judy Flanagan

Position: General Manager

Email: enquiries@dogshome.org.au

Address

30 Lemnos St

Shenton Park

Perth 6008

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Our Mission / Objective

At the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park we love dogs and are committed to saving them. In fact we save hundreds of unwanted, neglected, abandoned and abused dogs every year.

With around 100 beautiful four legged friends in our care at any one time, chances are your next addition to the family is waiting patiently for you. And with so many abandoned dogs desperate for a second chance at a happy life, consider visiting us before you go to a pet shop or breeder.

If you love dogs then please help us. Take advantage of our dog and puppy training classes; use ourboarding services; consider giving a donation or buy some merchandise at our online store. We can’t thank you enough for caring!

Please note all adoption enquiries must arrive prior to 3pm to allow sufficient time to go through the adoption process.

You can get the latest Refuge updates by visiting our Facebook page.

Projects in Progress

Our People

Leadership Team

Meet the Committee

Karen Rhodes

Karen Rhodes, President, Responsible for fund-raising and PR

Karen became involved with the Home in August 2006 when she adopted one of the home’s long termers, Homer. Karen’s background is marketing and advertising and she leads the fundraising and PR committee to ensure all fund raising opportunities and activities are maximised. Karen adopted her second dog Bronson from the Home in 2009 and now boasts she has the two best looking men in Perth. She is also a regular weekend walker and has many favourite dogs.

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson, Vice President

Mark started volunteering at the refuge in 2001 and since then has spent time helping out at events and serving on the committee, including a period as Secretary.  Most of his work for the home has been in partnership with his wife, Ruth, in helping to foster and re-home more than 50 dogs.  He has a corporate and legal background but now has his own business dedicated to promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable behaviours for people and organisations.  Apart from the regular presence at home of foster dogs his permanent canine companion is Barney, the foster dog that never left.

 

Ian
Ian Coombes, Responsible for repairs and maintenance

Ian has been a volunteer at the Refuge since 2005. He has a Blue Badge and enjoys interacting with the Refuge dogs. As a committee member, Ian is involved with the repairs and maintenance of the Refuge. Ian is now retired but spent much of his working life with the Army and the Commonwealth Public Service. Ian’s dog Augie was once a Refuge resident.

 

Stains
Stains, Hon. Chairman, Responsible for discipline

I began my career at the Refuge in 2004 and quickly worked my way through the pack. I am an assertive dog and put my point of view in a strong, forthright manner, despite attempts to restrain or muzzle me. I currently share my office with the General Manager so that I am always on hand to offer advice. My exceptional people skills have made me a favourite with the volunteers. I would like to be your favourite too. Although my work at the Refuge is very important I long for a home of my own.

 

Chris
Chris Osborn, Secretary

Chris is a lawyer in Perth specialising in commercial law. There are two dogs in his family, one from the Hong Kong SPCA and the other from our Home. Chris worked on the Home’s successful application for Designated Gift Recipient Status (by which donors obtain a tax deduction). He has worked in Australia and Hong Kong and was previously Secretary of the Hong Kong SPCA.

 

Emma Withers

Emma Withers

Emma began fostering pups from the refuge in 2011. She has often fostered a succession of pups back to back and now her home feels incomplete when she don’t have a pup! Her own labradors help look after the puppies (or tolerate some of them) reminding them once in a while that they are not in charge! The thing she loves most about fostering pups is that she is providing them with a safe, loving home with children and other animals until they find their on permanent home and hopefully making them more socialised and therefore adoptable. Emma’s professional background is in Business Development and Sales & Marketing. But says if she could do my time again, she would earn her living working with animals.

 

Sam
Sam Moore, Treasurer, Responsible for finance

Sam has been a Certified Practising Accountant for 40 years. He currently does the accounting for three not for profit organisations including ours. Sam is an objective person who provides solid financial advice in the operation of the Home. Sam’s passion is wildlife conservation.

 

Lee-Anne Ashley
Lee-Anne Ashley

Lee-Anne has been volunteering at our Home since 2009, commencing her volunteer career by folding and sorting hundreds of blankets and towels in the big winter appeal!  Since then she has volunteered in the office and worked on fundraising activities including the 2010 and 2011 Quiz Nights.  Lee-Anne lives with two older gents – Max and DJ.  While they’re not from our Home, both were ‘rescued’ from less than idyllic conditions.  Lee-Anne thinks poodles are the best people!

Greg Goad
Greg Goad

Greg started at the Refuge as a volunteer in 2011 and remains a regular weekend dog-walker. He recently discovered a family connection to the Refuge that goes back more than 60 years to when his grandparent’s dog, Prince, was buried in the cemetery. Greg recently lost his own dog, Bonny, who is still missed by his family.
His background is in Government where he has spent the past 10 years working with the not-for-profit sector. Greg has considerable experience in compliance and governance roles. He was appointed to the Committee in 2014.

 

Registration Information

ABN

38 564 948 197

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Make a bigger difference with a bequest

bequest-brochure

Remembering us through a gift in your will is a very special way of helping us to continue caring and finding homes for lost and abandoned dogs in Perth.

Download our Bequest Program Brochure (PDF 308KB)

Caring for your dogs: We are happy to commit to caring for your dog or dogs when you are no longer with us. Our pro-life policy means that we will ensure that your dog is looked after and re-homed with a new, loving family.

How you can help: Gifts of any size are important to us in continuing our work. Gifts can be of a specific amount, they could be a property or even a share of an estate. We are happy to discuss your wishes with you, your solicitor, or the Public Trustee.

We are committed to provide donors with regular updates on our activities and our rescue work.

Specimen wording: Please find below some specimen wording for a gift of a specific amount:

“I give $ (specify amount) to the Dogs’ Refuge Home (WA) Inc of Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, Western Australia”.

Gifts of property or a share of the estate would require different wording and we are happy to discuss this with your solicitor, Public Trustee or will maker.

Wills are legal documents and we recommend that advice be obtained from your solicitor, Public Trustee or other professional will maker.

Contact us: If you, your solicitor, or the Public Trustee would like more information about the Dogs’ Refuge Home, please contact Chris Osborn on 9481 2040, mobile 0400 206 105 or after hours 9386 3335; email cosborn@willhu.com.au. Chris is a volunteer member of our managing committee who is a practicing solicitor in Perth.

 

General Donations

Make a Donation

Thank you for thinking of us

Every year we take in many hundreds of dogs that have been abused, neglected or simply abandoned by their previous owners. Put simply, we give over 500 dogs a year a second chance at a happy life.

But we can’t do it alone – we rely on fellow dog lovers to help us. And the support of individuals who truly care is more important than ever given the global financial crisis – which is seeing more dogs than ever before in need of our help.

With your donation – however large or small – we can continue to rescue and care for many more beautiful dogs while they wait – sometimes for long periods of time – for a new family to love.

Even better if you can commit to a regular monthly donation by joining our Caring Friends Programme this will enable us to truly make a difference in the lives of our four legged friends.

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

On behalf of all of us here at the Dogs’ Refuge Home, thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We rely on our wonderful team of volunteers to ensure our four-legged friends receive the love and care they deserve.

Importantly, for the welfare of our beloved dogs and for your own personal safety and wellbeing, there are a number of strict criteria that our volunteers must be able to meet. Theses include;

1. You must be 18 years or over.

2. You must be able to commit to at least 4 hours of volunteering per fortnight.

This is to ensure consistency with the animals and also so that you are with us often enough to be able to adequately familiarise yourself with our procedures and the animals that will be entrusted to your care.  Familiar faces help build relationships and make our dogs more suitable for adoption.

3. You must be physically fit and capable of carrying out the duties and tasks that might be assigned to you.

Walking our dogs is a heart-warming experience but can also be physically challenging.  Whilst we have a variety of big dogs and small dogs some of our pooches are very strong and quite boisterous.  You will need to be able to maintain a strong grip on their lead and be able to control the dog at all times.

4. You must be able to read and write and have regular email access.

Strict instructions relating to the individual behaviour and specific care of each dogs is handwritten on each kennel door.  You must be able to read these instructions and make notations of your own to alert the Kennel Supervisor of any matters that may need to be bought to her attention.

5. You must be mentally fit and able to comprehend and follow the directions given to you and be able to fully understand the processes documented in our Dog Carers Manual.

Procedures are in place to ensure that our Volunteers enter and exit the kennels in an appropriate and controlled step-by-step manner.  For your own safety and for the safety of our dogs, Volunteers must be able to fully understand and follow directions, adhere to our processes, and do so without supervision.

We hope that you can appreciate our need to ensure that all of these criteria are met, but if you have any queries at all then please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss in greater detail.

There are a number of ways you can help at the Dogs’ Refuge Home:

Dog walking

To assist in providing our dogs with a consistent level of basic training and to ensure newcomers are aware of how to correctly handle our dogs, all volunteer dog walkers are required to undergo induction training. The induction training is held fortnightly on a Saturday from 8.45am to midday and you must pre-register to attend. A fee of $25 applies to attend the training.

Please read our Dog Carers Manual (PDF) and our Volunteer Handbook (PDF) before registering to attend induction training.

All volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Information Session before applying to volunteer at the Home. Application forms are available for completion at the Information Sessions. Please see details below.

Laundry

We can always use a hand to stay on top of the mountains of bedding used by our dogs. Help in the laundry is required on afternoons or anytime on the weekend.

Maintenance & Gardening

If you are a qualified tradesperson, your skills would be invaluable in maintaining our aging premises and we would be incredibly appreciative of your help and support.

 

Fundraising

We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our good work. Why not choose the Dogs’ Refuge Home as the beneficiary of your next school or office fundraiser? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 9381 8166 or by email volunteering@dogshome.org.au to request your fundraising kit.

We also require volunteers to assist throughout the year at our official Dogs’ Refuge Home fundraising events.

Corporate Volunteering

Looking for a corporate volunteering opportunity? Look no further than the Dogs’ Refuge Home. We have a number of opportunities available for corporate groups. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@dogshome.org.au for further information and to book in a date.

Sound Tempting?

dog carers manual

Thank you for your interest.

Thank you for the wonderful response to our recent call for volunteers. We have been inundated with applications and won’t be taking further applications until mid year.

 

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

At the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park we love dogs and are committed to saving them. In fact we save hundreds of unwanted, neglected, abandoned and abused dogs every year.

With around 100 beautiful four legged friends in our care at any one time, chances are your next addition to the family is waiting patiently for you. And with so many abandoned dogs desperate for a second chance at a happy life, consider visiting us before you go to a pet shop or breeder.

If you love dogs then please help us. Take advantage of our dog and puppy training classes; use ourboarding services; consider giving a donation or buy some merchandise at our online store. We can’t thank you enough for caring!

Please note all adoption enquiries must arrive prior to 3pm to allow sufficient time to go through the adoption process.

You can get the latest Refuge updates by visiting our Facebook page.

Projects in Progress

Our People

Leadership Team

Meet the Committee

Karen Rhodes

Karen Rhodes, President, Responsible for fund-raising and PR

Karen became involved with the Home in August 2006 when she adopted one of the home’s long termers, Homer. Karen’s background is marketing and advertising and she leads the fundraising and PR committee to ensure all fund raising opportunities and activities are maximised. Karen adopted her second dog Bronson from the Home in 2009 and now boasts she has the two best looking men in Perth. She is also a regular weekend walker and has many favourite dogs.

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson, Vice President

Mark started volunteering at the refuge in 2001 and since then has spent time helping out at events and serving on the committee, including a period as Secretary.  Most of his work for the home has been in partnership with his wife, Ruth, in helping to foster and re-home more than 50 dogs.  He has a corporate and legal background but now has his own business dedicated to promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable behaviours for people and organisations.  Apart from the regular presence at home of foster dogs his permanent canine companion is Barney, the foster dog that never left.

 

Ian
Ian Coombes, Responsible for repairs and maintenance

Ian has been a volunteer at the Refuge since 2005. He has a Blue Badge and enjoys interacting with the Refuge dogs. As a committee member, Ian is involved with the repairs and maintenance of the Refuge. Ian is now retired but spent much of his working life with the Army and the Commonwealth Public Service. Ian’s dog Augie was once a Refuge resident.

 

Stains
Stains, Hon. Chairman, Responsible for discipline

I began my career at the Refuge in 2004 and quickly worked my way through the pack. I am an assertive dog and put my point of view in a strong, forthright manner, despite attempts to restrain or muzzle me. I currently share my office with the General Manager so that I am always on hand to offer advice. My exceptional people skills have made me a favourite with the volunteers. I would like to be your favourite too. Although my work at the Refuge is very important I long for a home of my own.

 

Chris
Chris Osborn, Secretary

Chris is a lawyer in Perth specialising in commercial law. There are two dogs in his family, one from the Hong Kong SPCA and the other from our Home. Chris worked on the Home’s successful application for Designated Gift Recipient Status (by which donors obtain a tax deduction). He has worked in Australia and Hong Kong and was previously Secretary of the Hong Kong SPCA.

 

Emma Withers

Emma Withers

Emma began fostering pups from the refuge in 2011. She has often fostered a succession of pups back to back and now her home feels incomplete when she don’t have a pup! Her own labradors help look after the puppies (or tolerate some of them) reminding them once in a while that they are not in charge! The thing she loves most about fostering pups is that she is providing them with a safe, loving home with children and other animals until they find their on permanent home and hopefully making them more socialised and therefore adoptable. Emma’s professional background is in Business Development and Sales & Marketing. But says if she could do my time again, she would earn her living working with animals.

 

Sam
Sam Moore, Treasurer, Responsible for finance

Sam has been a Certified Practising Accountant for 40 years. He currently does the accounting for three not for profit organisations including ours. Sam is an objective person who provides solid financial advice in the operation of the Home. Sam’s passion is wildlife conservation.

 

Lee-Anne Ashley
Lee-Anne Ashley

Lee-Anne has been volunteering at our Home since 2009, commencing her volunteer career by folding and sorting hundreds of blankets and towels in the big winter appeal!  Since then she has volunteered in the office and worked on fundraising activities including the 2010 and 2011 Quiz Nights.  Lee-Anne lives with two older gents – Max and DJ.  While they’re not from our Home, both were ‘rescued’ from less than idyllic conditions.  Lee-Anne thinks poodles are the best people!

Greg Goad
Greg Goad

Greg started at the Refuge as a volunteer in 2011 and remains a regular weekend dog-walker. He recently discovered a family connection to the Refuge that goes back more than 60 years to when his grandparent’s dog, Prince, was buried in the cemetery. Greg recently lost his own dog, Bonny, who is still missed by his family.
His background is in Government where he has spent the past 10 years working with the not-for-profit sector. Greg has considerable experience in compliance and governance roles. He was appointed to the Committee in 2014.

 

Registration Information

ABN

38 564 948 197

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Make a bigger difference with a bequest

bequest-brochure

Remembering us through a gift in your will is a very special way of helping us to continue caring and finding homes for lost and abandoned dogs in Perth.

Download our Bequest Program Brochure (PDF 308KB)

Caring for your dogs: We are happy to commit to caring for your dog or dogs when you are no longer with us. Our pro-life policy means that we will ensure that your dog is looked after and re-homed with a new, loving family.

How you can help: Gifts of any size are important to us in continuing our work. Gifts can be of a specific amount, they could be a property or even a share of an estate. We are happy to discuss your wishes with you, your solicitor, or the Public Trustee.

We are committed to provide donors with regular updates on our activities and our rescue work.

Specimen wording: Please find below some specimen wording for a gift of a specific amount:

“I give $ (specify amount) to the Dogs’ Refuge Home (WA) Inc of Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, Western Australia”.

Gifts of property or a share of the estate would require different wording and we are happy to discuss this with your solicitor, Public Trustee or will maker.

Wills are legal documents and we recommend that advice be obtained from your solicitor, Public Trustee or other professional will maker.

Contact us: If you, your solicitor, or the Public Trustee would like more information about the Dogs’ Refuge Home, please contact Chris Osborn on 9481 2040, mobile 0400 206 105 or after hours 9386 3335; email cosborn@willhu.com.au. Chris is a volunteer member of our managing committee who is a practicing solicitor in Perth.

 

General Donations

Make a Donation

Thank you for thinking of us

Every year we take in many hundreds of dogs that have been abused, neglected or simply abandoned by their previous owners. Put simply, we give over 500 dogs a year a second chance at a happy life.

But we can’t do it alone – we rely on fellow dog lovers to help us. And the support of individuals who truly care is more important than ever given the global financial crisis – which is seeing more dogs than ever before in need of our help.

With your donation – however large or small – we can continue to rescue and care for many more beautiful dogs while they wait – sometimes for long periods of time – for a new family to love.

Even better if you can commit to a regular monthly donation by joining our Caring Friends Programme this will enable us to truly make a difference in the lives of our four legged friends.

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

On behalf of all of us here at the Dogs’ Refuge Home, thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We rely on our wonderful team of volunteers to ensure our four-legged friends receive the love and care they deserve.

Importantly, for the welfare of our beloved dogs and for your own personal safety and wellbeing, there are a number of strict criteria that our volunteers must be able to meet. Theses include;

1. You must be 18 years or over.

2. You must be able to commit to at least 4 hours of volunteering per fortnight.

This is to ensure consistency with the animals and also so that you are with us often enough to be able to adequately familiarise yourself with our procedures and the animals that will be entrusted to your care.  Familiar faces help build relationships and make our dogs more suitable for adoption.

3. You must be physically fit and capable of carrying out the duties and tasks that might be assigned to you.

Walking our dogs is a heart-warming experience but can also be physically challenging.  Whilst we have a variety of big dogs and small dogs some of our pooches are very strong and quite boisterous.  You will need to be able to maintain a strong grip on their lead and be able to control the dog at all times.

4. You must be able to read and write and have regular email access.

Strict instructions relating to the individual behaviour and specific care of each dogs is handwritten on each kennel door.  You must be able to read these instructions and make notations of your own to alert the Kennel Supervisor of any matters that may need to be bought to her attention.

5. You must be mentally fit and able to comprehend and follow the directions given to you and be able to fully understand the processes documented in our Dog Carers Manual.

Procedures are in place to ensure that our Volunteers enter and exit the kennels in an appropriate and controlled step-by-step manner.  For your own safety and for the safety of our dogs, Volunteers must be able to fully understand and follow directions, adhere to our processes, and do so without supervision.

We hope that you can appreciate our need to ensure that all of these criteria are met, but if you have any queries at all then please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss in greater detail.

There are a number of ways you can help at the Dogs’ Refuge Home:

Dog walking

To assist in providing our dogs with a consistent level of basic training and to ensure newcomers are aware of how to correctly handle our dogs, all volunteer dog walkers are required to undergo induction training. The induction training is held fortnightly on a Saturday from 8.45am to midday and you must pre-register to attend. A fee of $25 applies to attend the training.

Please read our Dog Carers Manual (PDF) and our Volunteer Handbook (PDF) before registering to attend induction training.

All volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Information Session before applying to volunteer at the Home. Application forms are available for completion at the Information Sessions. Please see details below.

Laundry

We can always use a hand to stay on top of the mountains of bedding used by our dogs. Help in the laundry is required on afternoons or anytime on the weekend.

Maintenance & Gardening

If you are a qualified tradesperson, your skills would be invaluable in maintaining our aging premises and we would be incredibly appreciative of your help and support.

 

Fundraising

We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our good work. Why not choose the Dogs’ Refuge Home as the beneficiary of your next school or office fundraiser? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 9381 8166 or by email volunteering@dogshome.org.au to request your fundraising kit.

We also require volunteers to assist throughout the year at our official Dogs’ Refuge Home fundraising events.

Corporate Volunteering

Looking for a corporate volunteering opportunity? Look no further than the Dogs’ Refuge Home. We have a number of opportunities available for corporate groups. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@dogshome.org.au for further information and to book in a date.

Sound Tempting?

dog carers manual

Thank you for your interest.

Thank you for the wonderful response to our recent call for volunteers. We have been inundated with applications and won’t be taking further applications until mid year.

 

Our Annual Reports

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