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    Hi Everyone

    Over the past week or so I have been doing the rounds of dog shelters in Melbourne for a little play mate for my Ollie. I originally got Ollie from one of the very well known shelters here in Melbourne about 6 months ago and I can't fault the service they gave me following the adoption procedure.

    I am getting very frustrated by what seems to be the shelters contradictory or perhaps is it hypocritical approach to rehousing pets. Everytime I enquire about a dog there is a mad rush to get to the dog and make a decision. Occasionally the shelter will put the dog on hold but in most cases not. The shelters seem to be more concerned with the 'sale' rather than finding the right home for the animal. When I first started looking for Ollie I did get frustrated with the Rescue groups because of delays in responding to queries etc but now I am starting to realise that perhaps they have got it sussed. The rescue groups seem to be more interested in the animal rather than the cash.

    I realise that both the shelters and rescue groups do it tough but it seems to me that perhaps some of the shelters have forgotten exactly what they are there for - finding good quality homes for animals not finding the first person with a credit card. I would be interested in other peoples thougts on this.

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    To be fair, in NSW, our 'shelters' are primarily local Council owned and managed. This means that they have a different mentality than small rescues and private shelters and a complete different funding and finance situation.

    They are answerable in many more ways and red tape ties a lot of things up. They are also understaffed, under managed and under funded on the whole.

    On top of this, they are an evolving system. They are slowly going from what was primarily a 'gaol' for animals to a place where animals can be held whilst new homes aere sought.

    I understand that the situation in Vic is very different to what we have in NSW though.
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    Yeah and also the 'big house' in North Melbourne although they were a little more helpful in trying to get the right match for Ollie but at both places I felt really pressured to make a decision. Whilst that approach may give a dog a home it doesnt take into account the disruption to Ollie's world - what if I got a dog home and it didnt work out? They certainly won't take them back as far as I understand, and nor would I want to send them back but I do want to make sure i can do everything possible to make sure I make the best choice.

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    We got our Ziggy from Pets Haven Pets Haven They are located in Woodend and are really nice. Check out their website but also drive up there and have a look at the dogs.

    When we were looking for a dog I was also in contact with Victorian Dog Rescue Victorian Dog Rescue and Resource Group Inc. (VicDRG)

    Hope this helps

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    Thanks for the info - will definately keep an eye out.....

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    Try Animal Aid and Australian Animal Protection Society. I worked in welfare for many years in Victoria and heartily recommend both places.

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    The Australian Animal Protection Society (Keysborough Animal Shelter)

    Also try Blue Cross. No web site but they usually have some lovely dogs.

    Hope this helps.

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    There are a number of dogs at albury dog rescue that may suit

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone - I am still finding the whole process frustrating. One little rescue dog I have emailed about twice over two weeks and still no response. I just telephoned another to enquire about a little dog and the lady couldnt get me off the phone quick enough. Surely a little chat about the animal is not too much trouble when I have to drive an hour out of town with a little dog that has a tendency to get to car sick! Ollie could remain a an only dog yet!

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    I thought I would give everyone an update. Yesterday we bought home a little friend for Ollie. Her name is Penny and as soon as I saw her I just knew she was the one. Ollie loves her and she has settled in well. Ollie gets a bit sooky sometimes but at others he cant leave her alone. Example - Ollie was sitting on my knee as I right this and Penny is sooking at my feet. Ollie just hopped down and gave her a little kiss

    They are so sweet together. Photo's attached. Ollie is on the left and Penny on the right.

    We got penny from Save a Dog in Glen Iris. I can't praise them enough. A little chaotic but they run a wonderful operation.

    We are off to the vet know tho' - Penny has come home with a terrible case of kennel cough and sounds like a 80 year old emphasema suffer!

    A happy ending.

    Ollie & Penny 2.JPG

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    What a perfect pair they make. They could almost be litter mates.

    So pleased you were able to find the right dog. It sounds like a match made in heaven.

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