Thumbelina (aka Poppy) is still with us and still looking for a very, very special home.
She is the teeniest tiniest tot, you will not see a pup any cuter but our little sweetheart has larger than life serious attitude. She is a very special little case.
8 year old Thumbelina/Poppy is a tiny 1.8 kilo adorably cute bundle of fluff. She is very cuddly, loves to be with you, loves pats and tickles and snuggling with you but do anything she doesn’t like and she’ll try to nip you. Thumbelina needs a very understanding home. Preferably a home without other pets as she is super jealous and protects her food. We can’t risk her being injured by another dog or cat as she is so tiny.
Thumbelina also has health issues. She must be on a very low fat diet so she doesn’t develop pancreatitis. She has a degenerative disk in her back and one of her back legs has been operated on twice.
She has daily pain medication which is rubbed on her ears to help her get around more comfortably.
She needs a very special mummy/daddy and we know you’re out there.
You'll find an application form on our website www.rescuedwithlove.org/adoption-form/ ... See MoreSee Less
Lily's new home 💕
Lily will have two walks daily. Lots of love from Nana and sleep on mums bed.
Perfection! ... See MoreSee Less
“Maisie, El Mayo passed away yesterday, much loved. It was her time. After managing with heart and kidney failure – she was exhausted and so we gathered around her to have her final time with us. We remember her with a load of personality – El Mayo and her woofs – her beady eye on her Daddy and we shall miss her enormously. She had the best life with us – and we are heartbroken at her passing and shall always remember her.
Barry and Kae and the super seven. xxxx ... See MoreSee Less
Polly is one of our foundation dogs - she has a fondness for the postman’s ankles! Luckily enough he can outrun Polly Waffle and make it back to his van unscathed!!
But she’s watching and waiting.... ... See MoreSee Less
I am just the cutest little Bub. Mum says that I'm no trouble at all and that perhaps we should put my naughty foster brother Alvin up for adoption instead. Nah, mum doesn't really man that and dad wouldn’t like it, Alvin is his boy. As much as I love my foster Mum I need my own forever home.
More info on Banjo and an application form are on the website www.rescuedwithlove.org/adopt/ ... See MoreSee Less
Guess who has a house check tomorrow? Yep ... Our lovely Lily.
After 8 weeks in foster care we have our fingers crossed for a perfect match for our beautiful girl 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
We've learnt something about HP, in the wee hours of the morning. We've learnt that he needs his afternoon walk to wear him out and keep him asleep all night! When he went to the vets he didn’t get his usual long afternoon walk boy did he want to party all night hehehe! We had the grumbling and moaning for about an hour and then a little tornado spun thru the lounge room dragging around dog beds and throttling his toys. After which he flaked it! So, it has been discovered, afternoon walks are a must! ... See MoreSee Less
Little Ticket likes to woof and wait for me every morning while we have coffee together. She has the white froth off the top on my finger - and her eyes follow my hand to the cup and back to her. :) We have our quiet moment - and I love that she really looks forward to it! So......two cappuccinos to go - with froth! ... See MoreSee Less
Ms Cherry Pie, sporting her "bed hair don't care" is amazing. At 16+ years old she has healed brilliantly from two major surgeries and has now gained 1/3rd her original body weight! Yep, at her vet visit yesterday to remove her stitches, she weighed in at a whopping 4.2kg. So down from 5 meals to 2 small meals per day now. We just love this beautiful lady! ... See MoreSee Less
Harry P went well at vet today, he had his stitches out and vet Peter checked his tear production. He was amazed at the improvement since his testing at the RSPCA, both his sore crusty dry eyes rated zero, (they should normally be at least 15)... Harry’s readings today were 16 and 17! He can stop one of his eye medications now and just remain on Tacrolimus (which will be ongoing). He checked his mouth and ears and all is good :) Harry has also put on half a kg and is now 6.2kgs. Foster mum Jo is doing an amazing job with our cheeky little munchkin, who will be looking for a home soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Some happier news ex RWL boy, Ricky Martin was really ill last week, with his kidneys failing, at one stage we were worried he may not make it, but we're so relieved to hear he's doing well snuggling with his dad who adores him and is pretty much back to normal for now. His kidneys have responded well to the antibiotics and he’s eating and happy again. ... See MoreSee Less
We're sorry to start the day off with sad news. Little Tim who was adopted just over a year ago by lovely Olivia was given his wings last week. He was such a gentle sweetie like a little fluff ball 💜 Run Free Little Tim. ... See MoreSee Less
Every step you take, every move you make, especially when you bake, whether you're asleep or awake…. I’ll be watching you he he he. - Harry Potter ... See MoreSee Less
As we follow Management's choices at the Lost Dogs Home we can also see quite a lot from the automated response to those who contacted the facility over the gouging of donors' money for a junket which will provide little improvement for the Home and the animals they are entrusted to care for.
The Letter :
"Thank you for contacting The Lost Dogs' Home and sharing your concerns.
In response, The Lost Dogs’ Home is committed to the constant improvement of our facilities, programmes and knowledge and to taking feedback from a variety of partners, great and small, to that end.
Like other leading animal welfare agencies, we look to the US as a practice and thought leader. As an open-door shelter that accepts all animals – regardless of breed, age, illness, injury or behaviour – we are committed to exploring world’s best practice and bringing it back to our shores to save more animal lives and improve ownership skills. We will continue sharing our knowledge with the whole animal welfare community.
Every staff member and volunteer at the Home loves animals – that’s why we come to work every day and dedicate our lives to the cause, which is why we appreciate your passion."
Let's dissect this a little.
Second Paragraph. Committed to constant improvement of the facilities.
In the years since Graeme Smith left - the back area of the shelter looks like a warzone. No garden, no trees planted, in one area the ground is lumpy and unappealling.
Problem solved: Easy. Contact Bunnings or ask for a working bee over a period of weekends and get some handimen, gardeners willing to donate, volunteers. It actually could be fun. But, we are still waiting.....years.....
The Pens. A myriad of problems. We won't even go into Coolgate. Lets hope that they are thinking about Heating with the actual facilities they have.
Problem: Difficult. As the years roll on and the ineffectiveness (not to mention lack of information regarding WHAT they are actually doing) is demoralizing.
Let's visit that in two months time and see where we are with it.
Programmes and knowledge.
No great foster care program. No great volunteer program (except dog walking and looking after cats.) Volunteers can be used in the clinic, the front office, in IT and around the grounds. But no. No active seeking of either on a regular basis ie - an email to a specific person - a form to fill out, a day for interviews and meet and greets, no formal training.
Knowledge. The decisions made and the ideas that are put forth - ie the Big Adoption Day at the Showgrounds. Having done a bit of research here - the LDH hiring the Showgrounds would have been in the area of $100,000. More wasted money.
And why would you want to do a Big Adopt Day? Unlike RSPCA who do the BA Day - they have MULTIPLE shelters brought together. The LDH......has one. WHAT were they thinking?????
Would it not be better to do something with their own facilities - get them looking smart and invite people in to do an adoption in their OWN facility?
Problem: Difficult. Inability to understand animal welfare at its most basic, along with non profit logistics.
Lets go to paragraph three.
Like other LEADING animal welfare agencies?
I'm sorry, I nearly spat my coffee out. If you were leading you wouldn't need to go on a junket now would you?
So you aren't leading - we know that - and a junket seems like a good idea. Leading places like Dog's Trust and Battersea Dogs Home in the UK have a phone, an email, a computer and oh - teleconferencing.
Wouldn't it be better to SAVE money and starting gaining knowledge this way first? That way if you are up to date and doing the same thing - you haven't wasted thousands of dollars.
And. I DO remember Graeme Smith, Kate Hoelter and a couple of other people doing this junket a few years ago. What a nice holiday they must have had. For there was no change, nor improvement in the Lost Dogs Home for the staff, facilities, or animals.
Am I being clear here - on the Management's mindset yet???
World's best practice. It's called raising the bar. But you cannot walk before you crawl. Without any applications to staff on merit to attend a trip such as this what does a junket for Management really do?
Is there any effort at ALL to stop good staff from leaving due to the analysis paralysis taking over this facility? They had every opportunity to be the saviour and instead???
Improve ownership skills? So - you need to go overseas to learn about that? See that? An email with guidelines, a business call, printed literature is not available?
And my personal favourite. Actually I despise it when people tell me they 'love' animals. That's like saying you love breathing. It's revolting, a little smug - and extremely naive in animal welfare. Anyone worth their salt in Animal Welfare would NEVER EVER say such a ridiculous comment.
So there we have it.
While the Junket idea was management's - it is now going to have to justify the reason for such a holiday to the Board. Good luck getting that over the line. For any Board worth their weight will see what is missing on the ground and can such a folly.
It's crawl, walk, fly. Not the other way round.
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Sounds like the RSPCA here in Tassie. :/ First they were fighting amongst themselves. Got to the point of legal action. Donors money paid for all the legal costs. Then they shut down the Hobart cat shelter and wouldn't take stray cats. Now they have just announced they have closed down the Hobart animal shelter altogether. :(7 days ago
Well said RWL! I also received The Reply to my email, where I'd pointed out the same thing you have as follows: "The knowledge you are looking for overseas can be easily, and cheaply, found on the internet. Those overseas shelters have computers you know.. if asked for information I'm sure they would be happy to oblige using, you know, the world wide web". And their reply, while being a standard, one size fits all template, actually added this.. "Thank you for allowing us to CLEAR UP MISINFORMATION REGARDING COOLING AT THE HOME" wtf??? They cleared up precisely NOTHING. I hope against hope the backlash goads them into improvements, but sadly I doubt it very much. 😠7 days ago · 3
Well dissected Kae, their response letter is just words coming out of their mouths, talk is cheap, tell the people what you think they want to hear and it will all be good. Only the people (me being one of them) don't buy it for one second. The money that is donated is meant to be spent on the upgrade of facilities at LDH for the animals and only that, not junkets overseas for admin. If LDH is really serious about finding out how some of the best animal rescues run their shelters, why not go all out and do something that will make LDH the envy of other shelters, instead of running it into the ground like is happening. 😠 Good thing we are still watching you, as nothing has changed.7 days ago · 4
Rhetoric! They murdered our 18 year old cat last week because " she needed Vet care, her organs had failed" NO they did NOT! Yes she needed attention, she had been lost for 2 days, she was old... The bad here is on us, we failed her by not updating her microchip details HOWEVER we were on her trail and by only hours we missed her.7 days ago
I was a volunteer at the RSPCA in Albury 40 years ago and at one of the meetings they decided to spend their very limited budget on an airconditioner so they would be comfortable during their 2 hour, once a month meeting rather than provide suitable outdoor shade in the excercise area, so I walked out and told them why. Unfortunately some things never change Kae.7 days ago · 1
Kae... you crack me up!! You get that hammer and you nail it right on the head - fabulous, informed and very exact. Never met you but you are my kind of person. Agree with you on all points. Hope LDH Management stop and really take a look at their actions, stop the waffling and proposed traipsing about the world.7 days ago · 5
I do worry that so many org rely on models establish in America. I suppose it is mainly cos a lot of the legal shit has been already nutted out. However, do they not think that Australia has enough smart and caring persons to work on our own models? Contacting their local member and yours could be a good thing. I was also thinking of the various work for the dole programs. Very few of these programs lead to long term jobs so why not the programs start helping out other volunteer orgs like Animal care arena......some of the participants may gain a love or a passion hidden therein. All things are wrought with issues so have I just added to them?7 days ago · 1
Here's a little Saturday morning, Harry "let me entertain you" Potter shenanigans to make you smile 🤣 ... See MoreSee Less
Little Harry Potter (HP) is just the cutest little entertainer. We think he should have his own theme song..... Robbie Willaims - 🎵Let meeee, entertain you!🎵 ... See MoreSee Less
Banjo has his bag packed, now he just needs a home.
He's a funny little man, foster mum Bron picked him up off the bag and put him into the bed, but he hopped straight back out again and onto the "very comfortable" backpack......
Banjo's looking for a home where someone is home most of the time. His people are his life. He can be left home for short periods of time but he ready does just want to be with you.
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The most beautiful thing to see; Noodles out for a walk. He is loving his walks and loves being close to his sisters. ... See MoreSee Less
From Kizzy’s foster Mum:
Kizzy’s abscesses burst in the clinic minutes prior to her surgery. Our Vet gave Kizzy a thorough check over and cleaned away any remaining infected pus and blood.
Home with strong antibiotics and with pain relief on board Kizzy is now getting plenty of rest.
Kizzy’s pre-anaesthetic bloods were thankfully on a par with her previous bloods taken back in November last year.
Our old girl has lots of healing to do 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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Ex RWL bub Nikki is loved by all. She spent the day with family at her Grandma’s place, and had big cuddles with her Uncle Jimmy. Spoilt much???... ... See MoreSee Less
As the person who stood behind the current Management of the Lost Dogs Home when they needed support I could not be more disillusioned.
And what is worse - so many of you, lovely, kind, honest supporters of RWL and friends of mine, ours and our village, when I asked, threw their support with mine.
I can hear the laughter of my critics from here.
I want to make one thing clear - the Board of the Lost Dogs Home have my unwavering support. 100%. I believe in their efforts - and their hearts. I believe they want what we all want. A safe, well run facility that goes above and beyond for the animals in their care - and in our city of Melbourne.
So when I hear of the blatant gouging at the Lost Dogs Home by Management I hang my head in shame.
You see many of us are members of the LDH. Many of you are donors - and do so in good faith on my say so. I am so so sorry.
Staff in the LDH have explained to me the General Manager, Shelter and Outreach Services along with General Manager, Animal Welfare and the Shelter Manager are going on an overseas trip to the USA and the UK for three weeks to visit other shelters.
For me, the tens of thousands of dollars spent on this kind of venture might as well be burned in the fireplace for all the good it will do the animals (their clients) in the facility.
Two of the management have been at the LDH for a number of years. Is there something they don't know about their job - that they feel another shelter could tell them?
I doubt it. When we have legislation here that denies us TNR (trap, neuter, release) for cats, and the rehoming of Pit Bulls, I wonder what they think exactly they are going to learn - that justifies the massive amount of money to be spent?
And why oh why are management going?
This rankles more than anything. You see - for many years I have watched as Shelter Managers, etc come and go - and who takes their job when it's vacant? Someone less qualified who learns on the job - or someone who was previously a shelter manager else where. The second choice is SO SPARSE on the ground - you know why? No training or experience is EVER offered to staff who would like to become shelter managers.
There are no university degrees, no courses available - and while there are many good staff on the coal face of the LDH - they are denied the opportunity to proceed through the ranks - because that is not encouraged. No. Far be it - that a conscientious employee who would love to stay and have a career in animal welfare and held back, bullied, or locked down into a place - all they can think about is either staying for the animals or leaving.
The turn over of staff at the LDH is staggering.....
So. While these people EARN a significant six figure salary - at the donor's expense, I find this junket just so anti what everyone ever stands for in animal welfare it makes me feel sick, as well as angry.
Why don't they send grass roots staff to Qld RSPCA and see how they do it? Why don't they let their staff have a day meeting the people at SAFE in WA or a day in Advanced Vet Care - with their vets?
Why do Management - some who rarely visit the shelter - get to go?
And who thought this was such a good idea that they agreed to it? Is gouging your donors okay?
Because if it has - as a Member of the LDH, I object. You didn't get my support, my voice, and those of decent people who wanted you to do your best for the animals.
They don't want "management" flying off for three weeks on an all seeing all dancing junket, they want their money to go to the animals. To the new food bowls. To the heating for winter. To decent food. To grooming. To the best vet care the LDH can provide. To the upgrading of the facilities. Yes, all for the animals.
You - lovely 'Management' for gentlemen's hours - don't work weekends unless you have to - and get paid holidays along with your salary which is significant.......
After the 35 degree day back in November where I stood with management who clearly had not even THOUGHT about how to cool the animals during summer apart from hosing out the pens and ice in the water bowls - I realise I have led you all astray.
It took me, to go in there with Netta, and stare these people down and embarrass them into action. And now? Well they are onto it. They have coolers and temperature gauges and staff monitoring well into the evening.
Does that make me proud? No. I feel miserable actually.
Why? Because these people should have thought of it - and didn't, and it begs the question now. Why do a junket if you can't get a basic thing such as heating/cooling, water bowls, and programs such as a vibrant foster care network, and volunteer run help for painting, gardening and have lots of donors coming in and letting them see, hold, and enjoy the animals?
They are not worthy. They are in fact, (bar one) I believe inept, lack understanding of everything animal welfare stands for and is about. And now this? Where did this become a good idea I ask?
And I supported them. And I asked you to also support them.
I am so truly sorry.
NOTE: If you want to speak to the LDH - I suggest you email them at email@example.com
They might hear you, or listen to you. I hope so. ... See MoreSee Less
I run a small cat rescue in Brisbane and work with RSPCA at Wacol. We take the little unweaned orphans and raise them. If these people want to know how to run a shelter, work with rescues and the community to save lives then they only need to go to the shelter at Wacol to see how it should be done. RSPCA Queensland are showing the rest of Australian shelters the right way to treat animals.1 week ago · 9
So very sad and disgusting to read this, what is the point, why waste what is meant to help the animals, my heart goes out to those who genuinely love and care on a daily basis for animals in need, to waste money like this is disgraceful to those who work their hearts out are the most selfless wonderful people and this is an insult to them, ask the ones who do the hard yards here if you need to know the best possible way to run shelters, because they have it down pat.1 week ago · 2
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Happy Bellaversary Baby!
From Ex RWL Bella's beautiful mum:
"Happy 1st Bellaversary (5th birthday) to this amazing Diva! wouldn’t it be kinder to put her down? Why adopt a dog with no eyes? Why? Why would you even want to? And so many more questions were asked when we adopted you... Bella?! You are the smartest, strongest, most independent little dog We know, you don’t have additional needs at all and you bring a special more dedicated love to our lives, you place complete trust in us and tackle any adventure (including rock climbing) with pride. We may not have thought we were ready for a new baby in our lives after losing our Gracie, but we (and Gracie) knew you belonged with us. Thank you rescued with love for giving us such “wonderdog” baby. Xxx"
Happy Birthday beautiful girl. You are the reason we do what we do! ... See MoreSee Less
Yeh yeh, I know.....I'm gorgeous, now play with me! - Harry Potter ... See MoreSee Less
Our darling (foundation dog) Kizzy, isn't too well. She gets regular bouts of IBD but she's been pretty low today, so off to the vets where it was discovered she has infected abcesses in her anal glands. She's on strong painkillers tonight and will have surgery first thing in the morning. Good luck sweetheart, we hope she's feeling much better soon. ... See MoreSee Less
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Noodles nose is helping him find his way around his new home just fine thank you! He's settling in beautifully. He slept all night, throttled his new toy, has eaten all his dinner and his brekky this morning. So we think it's pretty safe to say, he's feeling quite at home 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Grizzle growl gumbly grum, that's me chatting to my foster mum..... whenever she says "No" eh eh!
Harry Potter is hilarious! He's a little man who knows what he wants, he's a happy, funny, class clown, but don't tell him No, or he'll have a stern chat with you. Try not to laugh, he expects you to take him seriously. Oh how we love this boy! ... See MoreSee Less
Jimbo is loving his new life already. He’s found his own spot on the couch, so he’s happy 🤣 ... See MoreSee Less
Beach boy Banjo is wondering where his peeps are at. He's such a darling little boy and he's still looking for his family.
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What a day :D
6 weeks ago, we were horrified when we saw this little boy, needing emergency help ASAP. Both eyes ruptured from long term untreated glaucoma. Sick to our stomachs the race was on to get him some immediate help. Blind and in pain, the only option was to remove both eyes. We don't know how long he had been blind or in this state. We couldn't restore his eyesight, but we could restore his quality of life, living happily, pain free and totally loved. After 6 weeks in care with his foster mum and dad Sarah and Stu, who nursed him better, showed him the way and gave him all the love in the world, Noodles tail now wags that slow swooshy cavvie wag that we know means he is happy.
Today, he has heading off to his new home with his two cavvie sisters and new mum and dad where we know he will be spoilt (as he should be). We will all miss our courageous little boy so much. ... See MoreSee Less