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A Friend to Pets? A Review of Policies and Procedures of Melbournes Lost Dogs Home

A Friend to Pets? A Review of Policies and Procedures of Melbournes Lost Dogs Home

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A Friend to Pets? A Review of Policies and Procedures of Melbournes Lost Dogs Home
A Friend to Pets? A Review of Policies and Procedures of Melbournes Lost Dogs Home

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Published by: SavingPetsBlog on Feb 28, 2013
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A friend to pets?
A review of polici es and procedures of Melbourne’s Lost Dogs Home.
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; 
5,462 – adopted 11,652 – returned toowner14,240 – killed (3,893 dogs, 10,347 cats)
 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.
Successfully lobbying for BSL in Victoria
As one of the only animal welfare groups in the state of Victoriato come out insupport of Breed Specific Laws after the Ayen Chol tragedy, the Lost Dogs HomeManaging Director has worked for nearly a decade to get the laws expanded toinclude all dogs who, according to him, looked ‘dangerous’. These laws resulted in the deaths of dogs likeBear and Kooda, who were twodogs whose looks meant they were seized and destroyed.
 The most questionable part of thisarrangement is that the Lost DogsHome is paid by local councils tohold any ‘pit bull type’ dogs seizedunder this legislation while theirowners fight the case in court.Given a Supreme Court case cantake upwards of six months, forevery dog targeted under thislegislation, the Lost Dogs Home isbeing paid for several months fortheir care.
The New ‘Lost Cats’ Home’
In 2010 Victorians opened theirhearts and wallets to support theLost Dogs Home capital campaign toexpand their operations. Opened in January 2011, the $2.35 million TheLost Cats’ Home was built onacquired factory space next door tothe North Melbourne site. This investment has taken their killrate for unclaimed cats down from 90%+, to around 80%, so now only 8 out of ten cats die if left with the facility.
Cat stats (North Melbourne) 

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