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 over 100 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 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. She is a regular weekend walker and has many favourite dogs.

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 Board 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.

Lee-Anne Ashley

Lee-Anne has volunteered for the Home since 2009 and joined the Board in 2013. In 2010 she organised our first large scale Quiz Night, which has gone on to be a successful annual event and also supports the Home in a range of events and fundraising initiatives. Lee-Anne's background is in marketing and fundraising and she also serves on the Fundraising & Marketing Sub-Committee. In 2016, after the loss of her beloved poodle DJ, she fostered golden oldie Luka 'just for a few weeks'. Needless to say it was a 'foster fail'!

Sarah Murphy

Sarah has been involved with the Home since 2002. In that time she has had various volunteer roles including as a dog walker and helping out at events such as the annual Quiz Night and Open Day. She has also served on the Home's Committee as Vice President, Secretary and a general member. Sarah has also been a Trustee.