A friend to pets?
Founded in 1910, The Lost Dogs’ Home was originally established to provide atemporary home for Melbourne’s lost dogs. Today, The Lost Dogs’ Home claims tobe ‘
Australia’s largest animal shelter’
. The bulk of Lost Dogs’ Home income comes directly from the community, via theaquisition of lucrative local council pound contracts. Along with council income,they also receive around bequests and donations annually, ($8.2 million indonations and legacies in 2011/12).Currently the number of local councils serviced is 22, with brand new contractswon over the year. This ongoing expansion has not only driven up the LDHrevenue (up from $12.3 million in 2010/11, to $17.5 million in 2011/12), it hasalso seen their kill rate skyrocket from 11,872 killed in 2010/11, to 14,240 killedin 2011/12 (an increase of around 20%). Theircurrent annual reportshows over the 2011/12 year the outcomes for petswere as follows;
This means for every single one of the pets the organisationprocesses, they make a whopping$558, regardless of the outcomefor the pet. By these calculations,they make a staggering $7.9million dollars for pets who aresimply killed and their bodiesincinerated.
With all this money being generated from lost and homeless pets, what incentive does the Lost Dogs Home have to reduce intakes and killing?
Even asthe solutions to shelter killing have been available to the animalsheltering communitysince the 80’s and in the popular media since 2009 theystill continue to choose to squander the enormous fortune given to them by thepet loving community every year… and kill, rather than save the lives of pets.