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Give a Dog a Home



                                                                  Animal Active’s Give a Dog a Home Scheme has been giving all dogs the chance they deserve to

                                                                  become loving and loved companions since 1999.

                                                                  A staggering 80-90% of uncollected dogs in animal ‘shelters’ are euthanased for reasons such as age,

                                                                  size, breed, minor health problems, a tendency to bark,or simply because they are shy. By and large

                                                                  the selection criteria used by pounds in deciding the few that live and the many that die are

                                                                  management, not animal welfare, driven.

We rescue "death row"dogs from pounds and cover the cost of a microchip, vaccination and desexing before placing each dog in a foster home where they are physically nurtured and psychologically rehabilitated. Permanent homes are sought only after the dogs are thoroughly assessed within the relaxing conditions of our foster homes, enabling each dog to overcome the trauma of the pound experience and any previous neglect, abuse or abandonment.

Read more on the “no kill” approach to saving stray and abandoned companion animals here and here.

Give a Mog a Home

Our foster-care based cat rehoming scheme operates on the same no-kill principles as for dog rehoming. Our scheme maintains lifelong contact with all rehomed animals, even after they are permanently placed.


Companion Animal Crisis Care

 The Scheme has recently extended to include victims of domestic violence, offering temporary respite care for the companion animals of women and children fleeing from domestic violence. Many women’s shelters do not accept animals and women will sometimes stay longer than is safe in a domestic violence setting for fear of leaving their companion animals behind at the mercy of a violent partner. If future funds permit we will extend our crisis foster care program to include the companion animals of the homeless and people undertaking drug rehabilitation programs.

Please  help to give a dog or mog a home. Open your door and invite a new friend in by adopting a rescued dog or cat. Open your heart and offer your home for the temporary foster care of a dog or cat in need. Open your wallet and donate generously to help us  to rescue and rehome.


Humane Population Management for Free-Living Colony Cats

​                                                                   'Desex and Return' or 'Trap, Neuter and Release' (TNR), as the program’s name suggests, refers to

                                                                    an effective and humane 'no kill' strategy for managing populations of stray cat colonies.


                                                                    The usual practice of trapping and killing stray, free-living cats is cruel. Often mother cats are caught

                                                                    and removed from the colony leaving their young kittens to starve. Caught cats are left in traps for

                                                                    many hours without water, food or shelter until  council  staff or contracted trappers return to

                                                                    collect the terrified animals and deliver them for euthanasia.

                                                                    Not only is trap and kill cruel but it is also ineffective. The trap and kill approach creates habitat

                                                                    vacuums that are soon filled by another of the endless stray and abandoned cat colonies.

TNR overcomes this cycle by maintaining a strong and healthy desexed colony within the habitat, their territorial instincts ensuring no new undesexed individuals can gain entry. With no population growth through breeding,  there is a gradual decrease of numbers over time as older cats die.


The community value of 'Desex and Return' should not be undervalued. It is an indictment of our society’s 'disposable' approach to companion animals that stray cats exist. To turn away from their plight, collecting and disposing of them in the same manner as with household rubbish, promotes an apathetic society that is not encouraged to maturely face the outcome of irresponsible and selfish choices. 'Desex and Return', by encouraging community involvement, also educates in caring and responsibility.

Animal Active has been working closely with Councils, schools, and local communities with a determination to fulfill our vision of building a 'no kill' city by demonstrating not only that 'trap, neuter and release' works but that it is the only humane option for long term free-living feline population control. We are already involved in a number of  successful pilot programs in Melbourne; two of our programs are of five years' duration during which time there have been no new kittens or additional adult members added to the colony. We have also assisted a number of community groups and individual animal rights advocates set up successful programs in other cities.


If you live close to an established colony of free-living cats, contact us for an information pack on establishing a  'Desex and Return' program in your local area. Our experienced activists can help you with hands-on training and support.


  • Australia’s vicious war on cats has gone global with responses from animal advocacy groups world-wide including an Action Alert from In Defense of Animals USA

  • Find out more about humane alternatives to the ineffective and cruel cat “catch and kill” approach here                                                                 

  • Read more about TNR by downloading our fact sheets:




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