Animal cruelty is a huge issue, both in Australia and worldwide. Between 2014 and 2015, the RSPCA investigated over 60,000 complaints of animal cruelty, the majority relating to pets.
This year they received 133,495 animals into their animal shelters and adoption centres across the country.
Monika’s Doggie Rescue is an animal rescue centre operating in Sydney’s northern beaches and has been rescuing dumped dogs from euthanasia lists for many years. The centre has been a registered charity since 2001, with a primary motive of saving, then re-homing, the dogs with loving, permanent owners.
In the course of one year, Monika’s saves about 500 dogs from council pounds, and they currently have about 200 available for adoption. The shelter is located in Ingleside and is run mainly by volunteers.
Amanda Davies, one of the regular volunteers, spoke to The Newsroom about the shelter, and about animal cruelty in Australia.
“I think there’s a lot of ignorance about how much work it is to actually look after animals,” Ms Davies said.
“Before Christmas and before Easter are our busiest times. And whether you believe it or not, it’s because people want to go on holiday, and they don’t know what to do with their dog. They don’t want to pay kennel fees, or they can’t be bothered or whatever so they dump them. Then they go out and buy a new one for Christmas. It’s horrendous.”
Monika’s has a no-kill policy, which means dogs that get saved stay saved.
“They stay here until they get adopted,” Ms Davies said.
Potential owners go through a lengthy process if they want to adopt, as these dogs have already been abandoned once.
“We’re not a walk-in-and-walk-out-with-a-dog shelter,” Ms Davies said.
For more information about Monika’s Doggie Rescue, or to adopt a dog of your own, visit DoggieRescue.com. – Video package presented and produced by Lauren Croft
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