About The Dogs' Refuge Home

Dogs need love and respect

The Dogs' Refuge Home is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, care and re-homing of dogs.

Established in 1935, it is one of the oldest animal welfare agencies in Australia. Our activities are motivated by the fundamental understanding that dogs are entitled to the same love and respect that they unconditionally give to us.

Based at 30 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, our kennels are capable of housing up to 150 dogs. We have a pro-life policy, which ensures that no dog will be euthanised on economic grounds.

Every year we take in many hundreds of dogs that have been abused, neglected or simply no longer wanted.

Without your donations we are unable to provide vital care to these beautiful dogs. Please support us by making a donation.

Meet the Committee

Karen and her two favourite boys

Karen Rhodes, President, Responsible for fund-raising and PR

Karen became involved with the Home in August 2006 when she adopted one of the home’s long termers, Homer. Karen’s background is marketing and advertising and she leads the fundraising and PR committee to ensure all fund raising opportunities and activities are maximised. Karen adopted her second dog Bronson from the Home in 2009 and now boasts she has the two best looking men in Perth. She is also a regular weekend walker and has many favourite dogs.


Ian Coombes, Vice President, Responsible for repairs and maintenance

Ian has been a volunteer at the Refuge since 2005. He has a Blue Badge and enjoys interacting with the Refuge dogs. As a committee member, Ian is involved with the repairs and maintenance of the Refuge. Ian is now retired but spent much of his working life with the Army and the Commonwealth Public Service. Ian's dog Augie was once a Refuge resident.


Stains, Hon. Chairman, Responsible for discipline

I began my career at the Refuge in 2004 and quickly worked my way through the pack. I am an assertive dog and put my point of view in a strong, forthright manner, despite attempts to restrain or muzzle me. I currently share my office with the General Manager so that I am always on hand to offer advice. My exceptional people skills have made me a favourite with the volunteers. I would like to be your favourite too. Although my work at the Refuge is very important I long for a home of my own.


Chris Osborn, Secretary

Chris is a lawyer in Perth specialising in commercial law. There are two dogs in his family, one from the Hong Kong SPCA and the other from our Home. Chris worked on the Home's successful application for Designated Gift Recipient Status (by which donors obtain a tax deduction). He has worked in Australia and Hong Kong and was previously Secretary of the Hong Kong SPCA.


Mark & Barney

Mark Simpson

Mark started volunteering at the refuge in 2001 and since then has spent time helping out at events and serving on the committee, including a period as Secretary.  Most of his work for the home has been in partnership with his wife, Ruth, in helping to foster and re-home more than 50 dogs.  He has a corporate and legal background but now has his own business dedicated to promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable behaviours for people and organisations.  Apart from the regular presence at home of foster dogs his permanent canine companion is Barney, the foster dog that never left.



Emma Withers

Emma began fostering pups from the refuge in 2011. She has often fostered a succession of pups back to back and now her home feels incomplete when she don't have a pup! Her own labradors help look after the puppies (or tolerate some of them) reminding them once in a while that they are not in charge! The thing she loves most about fostering pups is that she is providing them with a safe, loving home with children and other animals until they find their on permanent home and hopefully making them more socialised and therefore adoptable. Emma's professional background is in Business Development and Sales & Marketing. But says if she could do my time again, she would earn her living working with animals.


Lynda Hancy

Lynda's love of helping homeless dogs started when she adopted her first dog Chipper from the refuge and knew immediately she wanted to  become a volunteer. After giving up her full time job as a legal secretary she started volunteering with us over  5 years ago  and  adopted another dog Roxy. With the help of her husband they donated a computer and designed a database to upgrade our manual sign on system  for all volunteers. Lynda  walks dogs 1 full day a week,  has also helped on various sub-committees and is now the volunteer coordinator. You will also find Lynda helping out in our laundry and over winter she is  hard at the sewing machine mending dog jackets.


Maree Daniels

Maree Daniels

Maree has been volunteering for the Dogs’ Refuge Home on the Fundraising Committee since 2006.  A passionate advocate for animal welfare, Maree brings to the committee many years experience in the not-for-profit sector along with skills in financial systems, project management and marketing and communications. Maree lost her dearest friend Red, a red cloud kelpie, in 2012 however still shares her love with Minnie who she adopted from a shelter 11 years ago. Maree is also a mad bird lover and she and Minnie share their lives with many feathered friends.


Sam Moore, Treasurer, Responsible for finance

Sam has been a Certified Practising Accountant for 40 years. He currently does the accounting for three not for profit organisations including ours. Sam is an objective person who provides solid financial advice in the operation of the Home. Sam's passion is wildlife conservation.



Lee-Anne Ashley


Lee-Anne Ashley

Lee-Anne has been volunteering at our Home since 2009, commencing her volunteer career by folding and sorting hundreds of blankets and towels in the big winter appeal!  Since then she has volunteered in the office and worked on fundraising activities including the 2010 and 2011 Quiz Nights.  Lee-Anne lives with two older gents - Max and DJ.  While they’re not from our Home, both were ‘rescued’ from less than idyllic conditions.  Lee-Anne thinks poodles are the best people!