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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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    Long Stayers

    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.

    Happily when the right match is eventually found the adopter is usually delighted with the animal and expresses enormous concern that their now much loved companion might not have been kept alive, and gratitude that it was loved and cared for by SADS until they found it.

    Our long stayers are now waiting for the appropriate matching and can be found on our website. They can be identified by ***Long Stayer*** next to their name:


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    Special Needs - Can You Help

    Special Needs - Can You Help

    Give a special gift to a sick or injured animal, or help with the costs of preparing one of our puppies or kittens for adoption.

    Vet bills are our single biggest expense.

    In line with our no-kill policy, sick & injured animals are nursed back to health at SADS rather than being euthanased, as they may be elsewhere. This often involves expensive medical treatment.

    A donation to special needs is a lovely way to directly help our animals.

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