Victorian Dog Rescue & Resource Group has existed since 2006 saving dogs and cats.
We believe the life of every one of our companion animals is important and must be valued. We do not say that we are no kill or pro life. There is no need. Every animal that comes into our care is treated as we would our own family dog or cat. No expense is spared to restore our charges to health, even if it involves an expensive surgery. Every effort is made to retrain dogs and cats that have been unfortunate enough to have a neglected background.
We will keep a dog or cat in our care for as long as it takes. If we do not have a suitable foster carer we will hold them at commercial kennels until we do. If when we rescue them from the pound they are too elderly, with too many health issues to rehome, we place them in permanent foster care. This means that VicDRG pays for the vet care and additional costs for the remainder of their life. If someone else has abandoned them, we shall not.
You can also help us by making a donation. As our administration costs are minimal, your donation always goes to where it is needed most - to the animals. You can ask us to direct your donation to wherever you like - towards sponsoring a dog or cat of your choice, to vet fees, towards special surgery that can change a dog's life or to general funds that cover our additional animal-related costs.
Barnaby has become a symbol of all the homeless animals who die lonely deaths in pounds and shelters, and have no one to grieve for them or give them a last pat or cuddle. Fortunately, this special boy did not meet that fate.
He came to us mistreated and frightened of the world and was happiest when he was in his crate because that was his den and he felt secure there. He was probably penned or caged all his life before we rescued him. His tail was quite damaged because of the small space we think he was kept in.
After breaking many people’s hearts by being called ‘Melbourne’s Saddest Dog’ in the Herald Sun, we received hundreds of adoption applications for Barnaby from caring animal lovers around the state. He even made it into the international media! It was inspiring for us that so many of you out there truly care about homeless dogs and cats – particularly those who haven’t been given the love and kindness they so deserve.
From all the kind applicants, we whittled the number down to a handful that could fulfil Barnaby’s special needs. So many wonderful people applied that we had to decline, because they perhaps weren’t going to be home enough, or didn’t have another dog as four-legged company for Barnaby. We were very grateful for their interest and kindness, but we simply wanted to find Barnaby the perfect home. Barnaby picked his forever home himself
We arranged for Barnaby to visit a handful of shortlisted new homes and see how he coped. Would he be frightened, and retreat to his crate (the only place he feels safe?) Or worse, would he try to run away? We were as nervous as he was. On our adoption Co-ordinator’s first visit with Barnaby to one of the shortlisted couples, Barnaby went in and promptly lay down by the fire. It was as if he knew he was home.
And he was.
Barnaby himself chose his forever home, which is exactly how we would wish it. We have seen this happen before where our foster dogs just seem to recognise their new forever family. I’m particularly reminded of our lovely Scudley who was very withdrawn on his first meet-and-greet for no reason that we could see, but on his next meeting he immediately attached himself to the couple who were to become his new family.
Barnaby’s new mother and father are a lovely middle-aged couple who live on acreage on the Mornington Peninsula, so Barnaby will have room for long walks with his family without leaving the safety of their property. On the rare times that he is left alone, he has a dignified older sister-dog called Miss T to keep him company – and last night she let him share the couch with her for the first time. Before that he was lying full-length in front of the fire, covered by a blanket, with his lovely new mum getting up during the night to check on him. And of course his crate sits in the living room for him to retreat into when he needs to. At the moment he only goes in there when his new family are out, which is a wonderful sign of how safe he is now feeling.
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