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.

Download our Annual Report 2015/16

Download our 2014/15 - 2017/18 Strategic Plan

Download our Home's Constitution

Meet the Home's Board

Karen Rhodes
Karen Rhodes, President

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.


Mark Simpson, Vice President

Mark started volunteering at the Home 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 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. Barney, the foster dog that never left, moved on to chase the eternal ball last year, but still comes to say hello when Mark's doing work for the Refuge and plenty of other times too.


Tracy Chang, Treasurer

Tracy is a former external auditor and is currently the Senior Financial Accountant at the Fremantle Port Authority. Having gained experience in a variety of industries, her commercial and financial experience is broad. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


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.


Ian Coombes

Ian has been a volunteer at the Home since 2005. He is an experienced dog handler 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.


Greg Goad

Greg started at the Home as a volunteer in 2011 and remains a regular weekend dog-walker. He recently discovered a family connection to the Refuge that goes back more than 60 years to when his grandparent's dog, Prince, was buried in the cemetery. Greg recently lost his own dog, Bonny, who is still missed by his family. His background is in Government where he has spent the past 10 years working with the not-for-profit sector. Greg has considerable experience in compliance and governance roles. He was appointed to the Committee in 2014.


Jane Kikeros

Jane has provided pro bono support to the Home since 2014, assisting with HR and people management and recruitment of key staff. Jane adopted office dog Jet within a few weeks of joining the organisation. She joined the Board in 2015.