Dogs’ Refuge Home, Shenton Park
Considering adopting a dog? Visit the lovely people and pooches at the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park, Perth. They rescue, revive and re-home doggies every day, so they need all the help they can get. We can help them with donations, but we can’t adopt the dogs. That’s up to you.
Often dogs that turn up at the Refuge have had pretty tough lives. After doing it tough, dogs are often all the more loyal and loving to anyone who treats them right. So before you stop at a pet shop or breeder, pop into the Refuge. You’ll be spoilt for choice and you’ll be giving a home to a dog who really needs it.
Don’t worry if you’re not quite ready to adopt. You can still help out. Make a donation, because there are plenty of mouths to feed. Or if you can spare a few hours a week, become a volunteer and let the dogs take you for a walk.
You can also use the Refuge’s boarding service if you’re heading out of town and need a place for your pet to stay. Proceeds from the boarding service go towards supporting the Refuge’s rescue and re-homing operations.
Dogs West is the centre for all things canine in WA. They’re the people to see if you want to buy a pure bred pup, or sign your four-legged friend up for agility or obedience classes.
What’s more (and this is why we’re big fans) they promote ethical dog breeding and responsible dog ownership. Their Code of Ethics promotes breeding practices that produce happy, healthy puppies. If you’re looking for a pup, we recommend you visit the Dogs West website first. Otherwise you could be barking up the wrong tree.
If you know dogs, you’ll know that a well-trained dog is a happy one. Check out the Dogs West website for obedience training, agility and endurance courses. And if you think your pooch is a particularly spectacular specimen, join the show circuit. You can find out how at the Dogs West website too.
Animal Welfare League QLD
If you’re on the lookout for a new pet, and live in the Sunshine State, check out the Animal Welfare League of Queensland. They manage to put a roof over the heads of 10,000 or so homeless animals each year, and rely on support from the community to do their good work.
Feathered, furry, flippered or finned. Whatever your preference in companion, there’s a good chance that the Animal Welfare League of Queensland will have a special friend to fit your bill. 10,000 or so dogs and cats, chooks, ducks, guinea pigs, birds – even goats and horses – wander through the doors of the Welfare League each year, looking for a new home and lots of cuddles. If you’re planning to extend your animal family, check out the Welfare League’s website before you head out to the pet store.
Our mates at the Welfare League provide a stack of useful services to animal lovers throughout Queensland too, including charitable vet services for pet owners who need a hand. They’re also really keen to spread the message about pet overpopulation, and to educate the community about the responsibilities and joys of pet ownership. They do all this good work without any government support, so even if you can’t help by adopting a homeless companion, you can assist in many other ways by donating money or food and goods, buying merchandise from their online store, or volunteering your time.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk
Every May, Australia’s pavements come alive with the pounding of paws as dog owners and their four-legged friends take to the streets for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. Sign up to participate or donate to support someone else’s walk. Either way, you’ll be helping the RSPCA continue to care for homeless and abused animals throughout Australia.
The day is packed head to tail. You, your family and your best buddy can follow your noses to food stalls, get stuck into competitions and more. You don’t have to live in a major city to join in either – Million Paws Walks are held here, there and everywhere. Just check the website for details.
Avicultural Society of WA
A little bird told us that our good friends at the Avicultural Society of WA just love to spread the word about the joys of feathered companionship. Most of all, they want to be sure that birds kept in captivity are treated with the love and care they deserve. If you’re thinking about inviting a beaked buddy into your household, have a chat with the folk at the ASWA at one of their monthly open days to get the lowdown on responsible bird ownership. They’ll also help match you up with the perfect bird for your lifestyle.
It’s no secret that things like feral animals and urban development are making a world of trouble for many of our native feathered friends. The ASWA works hard to protect native habitats and fight for the preservation of these little fellas who can’t squawk for themselves. Sign up as a member and enjoy the benefits it brings, while supporting the ASWA’s good work.
Finch Society WA
With their tiny little bodies, bright stubby beaks and twinkly little eyes, finches make super-cute pets. No wonder there are so many fanatical finch fans out there. The Finch Society of Western Australia brings them all together. Breeders, owners and dedicated followers of all things finchy (of which City Farmers is one). Part of the Finch Society of Australia, these guys have been flying for over 50 years now and really know their stuff. If you want the lowdown on various finch species or just general information on finch fitness, get in touch with Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.