Meet some of our Animals for adoption

  • Building Appeal - We need help now!

    Building Appeal - We need help now!

    We have a big plan to save more lives. We need help now!

    SADS provides care to dogs and cats where it is most needed and help that is often not available elsewhere. We are doing the work you believe in and that you have been so supportive of in the past; taking the abandoned, the sick, those whose owners have died or who for many reasons cannot keep them, or do not want to keep them.

    At the start of 1985 SADS was founded to address the shocking kill rate of dogs at Municipal Animal Pounds and so-called Animal Welfare Organisations in Victoria and to save as many of man’s best friends as possible. Over 33 years, through your loyal and generous support of our work, you have helped SADS save many, many thousands of dogs, and for the past 20 years, cats, from certain death so they may happily live out their natural life spans.

    We are now on the threshold of an opportunity to significantly expand our reach. But we can’t do it without you. We must urgently raise $500,000 to further develop our own facility.

    Our property desperately needs upgrades to save more lives

    The Yarrambat shelter is set on 33 acres of environmentally protected land with an existing permit for the holding of 190 dogs and 50 cats. It is fully owned by SADS and has enabled many more animals to be saved, cared for and rehabilitated whilst awaiting permanent adoption. However, the infrastructure is old and badly in need of redevelopment to provide better care for our animals and to comply with the code of practice for animal shelters. This property ensures that even the most traumatised and very large active dogs can be saved due to adequate resources.

    Please support our appeal by donating to enable the new kennels to be built. Your support is crucial to our efforts to save more unwanted and abused animals.

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    Long stayers and Unconditional Love

    Long stayers and Unconditional Love

    UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and the NO KILL COMMITMENT

    Inherent in the No Kill commitment is our reluctant acknowledgement and acceptance of the sad fact that some cats and kittens brought to the shelter have not been socialised with humans. Because they will always be very dangerous to handle, unless they can be desexed and released as registered to a carer, they cannot be saved.

    There is however another category of cats and kittens which will probably always be timid and unaffectionate to humans. These creatures are harmless, decorative, and friendly to other cats but need a home where confidence and demonstrative affection is not an indispensable requirement.

    To find out more click on "read more" below:

    LONG STAYERS
    In accordance with the philosophy and operation of Save-A-Dog Scheme as a "no kill" animal welfare organisation SADS honours its charter and saves all animals, both companion and otherwise, which come into its care, with the unavoidable exception of a very small percentage of animals which are deemed dangerous and therefore cannot be returned to the community. This small percentage is accepted internationally as integral when using the term "no kill".

    This save rate leaves SADS with some dogs and cats which are homeable but which do have characteristics which makes them unsuitable for some homes and therefore they do stay with SADS for a long time waiting for that appropriate person/situation to come along.

    To find out more click on "read more" below:

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    Leave a Gift in your Will

    Leave a Gift in your Will

    Have you ever considered leaving a gift in your Will, to help Save-A-Dog Scheme, TO CONTINUE TO DO THE WORK YOU BELIEVE IN?

    Your bequest means a lot to SADS. It enables SADS to continue to save companion animals which would otherwise be killed, and to plan for and safeguard the future of this important work.

    For 30 years SADS has been an established leader in the No-Kill movement saving thousands of lives throughout metropolitan and country Victoria through its operation of a regional animal pound, country rehoming programs and by accepting and caring for dogs and cats whose owners can no longer keep them.

    SADS also provides veterinary care for sick and injured dogs and cats including palliative care for animals that still enjoy a good quality of life.

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