Meet some of our Animals for adoption

  • 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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    Unconditional Love Program

    Unconditional Love Program


    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.

    Because of its no kill commitment Save-A-Dog Scheme keeps these cats for as long as is necessary to rehome them but it must of course eventually find homes for them.

    To this end we are initiating a program called the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE ADOPTION PROGRAM for those whose love of cats and support for the non-kill commitment is unconditional.

    Perhaps your home already has one confident and very loving cat and the addition to the household of a cat that may never be confident and affectionate but whose life can be saved by an altruistic adoption would endorse your claims of love for a creature which is freely given rather than paid for with the demands of affection.

    In order to save the lives of many of the cats and kittens in our care those who believe in the no kill commitment must accept that some adoptions must be based on altruistic motives.

    Our "Unconditional Love Program" cats are now waiting for the appropriate matching and can be found on our website. They can be identified by ***Unconditional Love Program*** next to their name

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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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