Australia’s oldest dogs’ home celebrates 75 years of caring for man’s best friend

Posted by Karen Rhodes on 24 February 2010 | 1 Comments


Throughout 2010, The Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park - Australia’s oldest dogs’ home - will be commemorating 75 years of rescuing Perth’s stray and abandoned dogs, and to celebrate the community is being asked to take a trip down memory lane.

That’s because the refuge is calling for owners who have re-homed a dog from the shelter at any time over the last seven and a half decades to write in with their memories and photos of their rescue dog.

The stories received will be reviewed and then collated into a book which will go on sale at the end of the year to raise much-needed funds for the Home’s continued rescue and re-homing work.

President of the Home Karen Rhodes says the refuge’s 75th anniversary is a time for dog lovers throughout the state to remember and celebrate the much loved four-legged friends who were, and continue to be, part of their family, whether as children, teenagers, adults or seniors.

“We’re putting a call out to the West Australian community to put pen to paper and write in with their stories and memories of their Shenton Park rescue dog for a special commemorative book,” says Ms Rhodes.

“We want to hear about how our rescue dogs have touched the lives of their West Australian owners and we want people to tell us the funny stories together with the sad ones, the touching tales and the antics that their four-legged friends got up to after leaving our kennels.”

Over its 75 year history, the Dogs’ Refuge Home has rescued and rehomed an estimated 400,000 dogs and puppies.  Today it remains a charitable, not for profit organisation which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from dog lovers throughout the community to fund its rescue and rehoming work.

Members of the community who would like to submit their stories can do so on line by sending an e mail to the project’s volunteer coordinator Ruth Gourley at or by writing a letter to Karen Rhodes, President of The Dogs’ Refuge Home, 30 Lemnos St, Shenton Park 6008, which includes their contact details and, wherever possible, a photo of their dog.

“We know that West Australians are great dog-lovers and we can’t wait to hear how the abandoned and stray dogs who have found their way to safety with us over the last 75 years have gone on to be much-loved members of the family,” Ms Rhodes adds.

The Dogs’ Refuge Home has a pro-life policy and does not euthanase any healthy, re-homable animal in its care.  It is proudly supported by City Farmers.

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  • It was just over 5 years ago we fostered and then adopted a very sick little girl from you and at the time her name was Sharona, she told us that a name which would be more suitable to her status was Sharny so now it is. Every week we took her to see her vet for injections and every week we would dab this medication on her and our dog wash man would bathe her due to mange. Sharny did not like the medication that was put on her but she never once moved when I applied it all over her. Sharny loves to cuddle up and now has a baby brother to play with and yes he to is a rescued Red Cloud Kelpie as he was going to be knocked on the head. Since coming into our family he has turn Sharny into a playing pup .Sharny is a happy girl and so is her brother.

    I do hope that you all do remember her, you should have the photos of Sharny when she was not well and if needed I can send some updated photos of our Sharny.

    Thank you all for the good and caring work that you do for our most loyal friends.

    Posted by Elizabeth Manna, 11/05/2010 5:59pm (8 years ago)

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