Geelong Animal Welfare Society

This report summarises the situation at Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS)– a Greater Geelong Council contracted pound facility. 26 September 2011

GAWS is a private animal welfare society with a 57 year history,  (although recent events suggest that we use the term “animal welfare” rather loosely.)

Over 12 months ago, when we wrote about incidences of bullying at the RSPCA WA Malaga Shelter, we were contacted by two staff members at GAWS who started to tell us about similar events at GAWS. Since that time other staff members, both current and now departed , have come forward with information.

What has emerged is a story that has to be told. Told for the staff who have suffered and importantly told for the animals that have been subjected to standards of “animal welfare” that are truly out of kilter with community expectations and standards that we should expect today. READ MORE HERE


Changes to Victoria’s Code of Practice for Shelters and why we should all care


The Victorian DPI seems intent on making it as hard as possible, if not impossible for Rescue groups and Foster groups to continue their work in saving animal lives.

So, we want to bring your attention to a very excellent information article written by Saving Pets which summarises the situation really well and which also advises on actions you can take. Please access here………

It is essential that we all work together to stop this nonsense. The Vic DPI doesn’t seem to understand that the overwhelming evidence is that Rescue and Foster Groups play  a major and significant  part in saving the lives of pound and shelter animals. They should be  a part ov every community based startegy to stop the killing. Why is the Vic DPI so called “Animal Welfare Group” so against it and fr0m whom are they taking their advice? What is behind all this? Ask the questions – we need answers.

Do you have a pet that came from a rescue group? If so, please go to the Dog Rescue Association of Victoria facebook page and post your story with a picture!

Please action these now as you only have a few more weeks till the closing date for submissions: 29th April.

Interstingly, here is the definition of “Animal Welfare” that the Vic DPI use:

‘Animal welfare’ means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition, humane handling and humane slaughter/killing. Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment. “

Humane slaughter/killing? And what about getting the animals a good home? Doesnt that come into it?

Do you have any comments about the Victorian DPI and their work with the comanion animal pound and shelter issue? let us know!

Victoria’s draconian new laws to kill dogs…

Goodfordogs website blog has a wellwritten section on the new “dangerous dogs law”. From the website:

“On Wed 5 May 2010, the Victorian Government’s proposed “Dangerous Dogs” Bill was revealed to the public. It’s not expected that the Bill will be debated until the next sitting week (starting Tue 8 June).

While we support efforts to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the incidence of dog attacks, we believe this legislation is severely flawed in several areas. READ MORE HERE

News from Vic:Bureau of Animal Welfare stamping out rescue groups?

This statement was sent to us anonymously regarding the situation in Victoria concerning a strategy of the DPI Bureau of Animal Welfare that is deeply unpopular with those working hard to save lives from pounds and shelters:

“The Bureau of Animal Welfare recently issued Bulletin 43 which includes this below:

 ‘Definition of animal shelters and the operation of rescue shelters READ MORE HERE

News from Vic: Allegations the Lost Dog’s Home is unnecessarily putting dogs down

Radio interview Radio MTV 1377; Thursday August 5 2010

Luke Grant talks to Kae Norman from Rescued with Love regarding her allegations that the Lost Dog’s Home is unnecessarily putting dogs down. Dr Graeme Smith – Managing Director of the Lost Dogs Home responds t0 Kae’s allegations.

To listen to this radio broadcast, listen here..