The Lost Dogs’ Home rehomes many animals each year however I believe far too many are being killed unnecessarily.
I was blessed with the opportunity to help turn around one of Victoria’s largest ‘open door’ shelters, significantly reducing the kill rate by implementing a program of industry best practices.
I look forward to the day when The Lost Dogs’ Home can report a similar reduction in their kill rate. It’s doable.
I devoted 3 years of my life to animal welfare reform in Victoria, ending in June 2012. While this came at a huge cost to me personally it was the hardest decision to end my involvement. It’s encouraging to know that more and more people are stepping up to bring about the changes our animals so desperately need.
My work consisted of three stages:
- Research & Analysis: Comparing outcomes for different shelters, along with causes and alternatives
- Advocacy: radio and television appearances, law reform, public speaking, blogging, government consultation, promoting adoption
- Leadership: as President of Victoria’s third largest animal shelter
Animal Advocacy includes criticism of organisational practices that lead to unnecessary killing. When elected to the Board of Geelong Animal Welfare Society at the end of 2011 I ceased all public criticism of other organisations. My “retirement” from animal welfare in 2012 saw a complete cessation of work in this area. While I’m proud of my contributions to the history of animal welfare reform I currently have no intention of resuming work in this area.
In January 2013 I acquired this domain to provide a simple, lasting reminder that the transformation we saw in Geelong can and should be reproduced in North Melbourne. There is nothing I would love more than to update this page with the great news that kill rates have plummeted.
For more info on alternatives to ‘business as usual’ killing of companion animals and what the community is doing, jump on Google.