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Help the super pups in Dogtober!

Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) is a small national charity training Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities.

Pooch has teamed up with ADA, sponsoring their ‘spokesdog’, 4-year-old Brielle, in the lead up to ADA’s fundraising month Dogtober.

Now we want YOU to get involved too! Follow Brielle on Pooch Magazine Facebook and see what she’s getting up to around the country. Alternatively, offer to donate or organise your own fundraising event to help ADA train more of their super puppies!

Every Pooch reader who gets involved will go into the draw to win an IPAD! For event ideas and to register, visit www.dogtober.org.au. For more about ADA, visit www.assistancedogs.org.au

Thank you for your support!

Photo by Christine Bernasconi Photography www.bernasconiphotography.com

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Mates for Inmates – An inspiring new campaign

Dog lovers and those who want to make a difference in the lives of women so not fortunate are being invited by Melbourne Citymission to become part of a unique campaign to support a program that matches abandoned dogs that need love and care with female prisoners.

Launching May 1, The Mates for Inmates campaign will raise much needed funds for the program which will help women in prison gain employment and assist them to transition back into the community.

The program, run in conjunction with Animal Aid, is capable of dramatically reducing re-offending behaviour by giving the women valuable work skills and responsibilities gleaned from training a dog. (Similar programs in the US and Europe saw 98% of participants not re-offending and with 66% returning to employment).

Not only good for the women, the program rehabilitates homeless dogs, and increases their adoptability by providing them with training and love.

The program will cover all aspects of dog grooming, walking, obedience and health.  At the conclusion of the program, the women will have the opportunity to apply for the Certificate 2: Dog Handling which will help them to secure employment on their release.

The campaign champion is ‘My Kitchen Rules’ star and veterinarian Carly Cheung.
“Mates for Inmates is such a great concept, looking out for our fellow humans as well as our canine friends. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful cause’, said Carly.

Help support Melbourne Citymission’s Mates for Inmates campaign, by visiting www.matesforinmates.com.au or phoning 1300 364 507  to make a donation or sponsor a dog, or keep up to date with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Guide Dogs’ $1.4 Million Christmas Wish List

If you’re after a gift that keeps on giving this Christmas, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has launched its festive season appeal seeking $1.4 million to develop its own puppy breeding program.

The ground-breaking initiative will see the leading trainer and provider of guide dogs breed its own puppies for the first time.

In 2009 around 200,000 people across NSW and the ACT were affected by vision loss – this figure is expected to increase 40 per cent to almost 300,000 by 2020, said Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

“Through breeding our own puppies, we aim to double the number of guide dogs graduating by 2015,” he said. “This will enable us to better meet the growing demand from people wanting a guide dog – be it their first or to replace a retiring dog.”

As Guide Dogs do not receive government funding, the organisation is appealing to the community for help. To establish and grow the program, $1.4 million is needed over the next five years.

That money will be used to purchase breeding stock, extend its existing guide dog training centre to include a puppy breeding wing, buy puppy play equipment and to cover associated veterinary costs, says the charity’s Fundraising Manager Alex Green.

How can you help? You can donate $15 to buy a water bowl, $80 to give a puppy vet check or $30,000 to sponsor, meet and name one of the breeding dogs, follow their progress and be invited to the program’s official opening. Check out more ways to fulfill Guide Dogs’ Christmas wish below.

To support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s Christmas Appeal and help the organisation establish its Puppy Breeding Program, visit www.guidedogs.com.au.

Gift What it buys
5 Water bowl to keep the puppies cool
$45 Puppy tug and chew toys
$80 Puppy check-up with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s resident vet
$95 Puppy beds to rest in after a hard day’s play
$250 Vaccinations to keep the puppies healthy
$300 A dog maze for the puppies to explore and learn about their surroundings
$400 A balance board to help the puppies build agility
$500 Climbing equipment to help the puppies get used to stairs
$700 Custom-made whelping box for the breeding dogs to have a perfect place to deliver new pups
$1,200 Outdoor walking track to introduce the puppies to different surfaces and obstacles
$2,500 Outdoor play centre to help the puppies build their energy
$4,500 A new puppy to join the colony, selected for their temperament and physical characteristics
Filed under: Charity, Community

ACT Rescue and Foster

Congrats to our friends at ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF) – a small volunteer dog rescue group based in Canberra. They just annouced they recently re-homed dog number 2,000! This equates to around 200 dogs saved from euthanasia each year.

You can support the good work of ARF by purchasing one of its 2012 fundraising calendar. The calendars feature ARF rescue and can be bought via their website www.fosterdogs.org

Goodbye Logan & Chase :(

We’re sorry to announce Pooch Mag editor, Caroline Zambrano, sadly lost her beloved dog Logan last night. It’s all the more heartbreaking as Logan passed away almost two months to the day after Caroline’s other dog, Chase died. (Both pictured above).

Dogs very quickly become a part of a persons life, forming such deep bonds they are regarded as part of the family. Their love, loyalty (and occasional mischief) becomes part of our history on our own journey through life. It’s a sad day when we part.

Caroline’s ‘Dober-boys’ have long been her loyal companions over the years and will be sadly missed.

Thinking of you. x

If you’ve been affected recently by the death of a pet, visit Our Wonderful Pets for advice.

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Lenny & Bonnie need a new home. :(

A friend of Pooch just got in touch with us to see if we could help… Looking at this picture, we kinda feel it’s our duty! Bonnie (2yrs old) and Lenny(4 yrs old) are both lovely, fun, playful and good natured beageliers…

Due to unavoidable circumstances they regretfully are needing to find new homes.
Both are healthy and fully vacinated. They’re looking for a loving family who will enjoy having them to care for and have a rear yard.

If you are interested in providing a home for these two lovely dogs (currently in Sydney) , or know someone who does, Contact Kylie for detials: kmilosh@optusnet.com.au

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