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Ruff! It’s AmbassaDOG and Special CorresPAWndent Pete here, with my report on this year’s Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania Winter Appeal which has now drawn to a close.
First, I have a complaint to make: when they told me I was going to be the face of the appeal, I thought all the money was coming to me! My plan to have my own luxury, tiny gypsy caravan is wrecked now.
But seriously, thank you to everyone who donated. Every little bit helps the Homes to find forever families for dogs in need, just like I did.
Dogs’ Homes CEO Mark Wild said the appeal highlighted one of the DHoT’s core values: that every dog deserves a loving home.
Mark told me that although the amount raised – $45,000 – fell short of our $75,000 goal, he was still very pleased with the result.
“We all know the cost of living crisis is biting and Tasmanians are doing it tough,” Mark said. “The fact that people could still dig into their wallets for our dogs goes to prove that the famed Tasmanian generosity still stands strong, despite difficult times.”
The money raised will go toward funding day-to-day operations at our four Homes around the state – Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.
The Homes look after about 3000 dogs every year, and it can cost between $500 to $3000 for a dog to be in our care.
Featured as part of this year’s Winter Appeal was Major, who made a major mark on the hearts of our staff, volunteers and foster carers alike with his goofball ways. He was with us for five months before being adopted at the end of March.
Major’s forever home is a veritable human smorgasbord – two adults and four children provide him with plenty of love, affection, and a range of sleeping options. When asked how Major has changed their lives, one of the kids pipes up: “Happy!”
To read more about Major’s story, click here.
Our Winter Appeal may be over, but we’re still seeking donations for the vital work we do throughout the year. To donate, click here.